Goodbye Lake Atitlan

Well, today is my last day here in Lake Atitlan. It’s been a real good time for me, and if I didn’t have anything else planned I’d probably stay for quite some time. But, I have other places to see and [legal] business to do (at some point) in Mexico. Off to Oaxaca! (pronounced, wa-hah-ka)

Oh, and as if on queue, the electricity is out today for the 4 towns in the vicinity of San Pedro so it puts a damper on checking the availability of a bus transfer or any hotels when I get to San Cristobal de las Casas. No matter, I’m going anyway. I’m sure there’ll be something. It’s Mexico!

Here is what I have planned – I just bought an 8 hour bus ride in a small van to San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico ($12.50). From there, “hopefully” I can find a connecting bus (which, if not booked, will leave 4, 6 or 8 hours later) that will take me on an overnight, 10-hour luxury bus to Oaxaca ($50).

Atitlan - San Cristobal - Oaxaca

Lake Atitlan – San Cristobal – Oaxaca

Tomorrow’s gonna suck!

A few notes on San Pedro La Laguna…

Woke up in the middle of an earthquake. Twice.

Torrential downpours are crazy and you can feel the thunder in your bones.

Got rejected by about 10 empty Tuk-Tuks when I flagged them down.

Tons of chickens roaming around.

I got LOTS of exercise, especially my legs.

I’ve been wearing flip flops exclusively since about my 3rd day, including hiking and walking in flooded streets in the rain.

Got burned frequently.

Tons of Israelis here and they don’t seem to have a very good reputation as far as the locals go.

Most of the Guatemalans I’ve talked to have tried or want to come to the U.S. and will save for years for their one opportunity to sneak across.

Women wear traditional dresses and, when selling bread or other items, balance the basket on their heads.

People take their time here. If you want the check, ask for it or just go pay it.

Never once have I felt threatened by anyone.

One Response to “Goodbye Lake Atitlan”

  • Walt & Jamie on August 23, 2013

    Thanks for sharing. We always look forward to your posts. I think I see a future career in blogging, my friend. You have a gift. Keep writing and incorporate a few more videos if you can. PEACE out.

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