Sadly Christmas this year isn't going to be what it was supposed to be. Because of all the flight delays in Seattle Cassie can't make it out of Alaska until the 28th and into Guatemala until the 29th, she would then have to pay $300 to change her ticket with Continental. So unfortunately she won’t get to come to Guatemala. It is ridiculous this whole turn of events. It would have been one thing to plan on spending Christmas alone, but to have it forced on you is a whole other deal.
I’m currently in San Marcos La Laguna on Lake Atitlan. It is really nice to kick back and relax here after traveling around for a few days. It took me two days to get from Utila to Antigua. I spent all of twenty four hours in Antigua before heading out to Panajachel to catch a boat to San Marcos. So after three days of traveling around it is nice to kick back a little.
The rest of my stay in Utila was really nice. I’m definitely going back there do dive as soon as I can. It wasn’t as hard to leave as I thought it would be. It seems like the only things to do there are dive and go out to the bars. I can only take so much of that. It would be nice to kayak around a little and check out Pumpkin Hill. Apparently the island is a raised reef, but Pumpkin Hill is some sort of volcanic thing. It would be cool to get over there and check it out.
Antigua was a pretty nice town. I’m looking forward to going back there and spending more time. The city its self is very European and touristy. As I was leaving around 1 o’clock yesterday you could tell that there were a lot of tourists coming into town for Christmas. It’s nice to be in a little more quite spot for Christmas after the sad turn of events.
I’m trying to make the most of it here. Things are really laid back. The town is full of laid back hippies and native mayans. There are a ton of places to do saunas, massages, and yoga. I think today I’m going to go check out the lake, do some bouldering and swimming there, then kick back and do some reading and yoga at the hotel. Maybe even a massage if I run out of lazy things to do. That pretty much seems to be the deal here in San Marcos; kick back and relax. For Christmas I’ll probably end up doing some kayaking along the lake and some more yoga. After Christmas I may head to San Pedro La Laguna and hike the volcano there before heading back to Antigua to hike an active volcano and try to poke lava with a stick ;)
The lake is gorgeous! I wish that I could post some pictures of it but the computer here flips out every time I try to load some pictures. When I get back home I’ll do a post of the best pictures from the trip, and post all the pictures on facebook.
I hope everyone is having a Merry Christmas!