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Last night I dreamt of San Pedro...

Lago Atitlan, San Pedro de la Laguna, San Marcos de la Laguna

all seasons in one day 26 °C

It's Monday evening 7 o'clock and we are soooo happy to be arriving 'at home' in San Pedro because right away we can feel this is a good place! (Might have been the man at the boat dock yelling "Welcome to paradise!" as soon as we arrived).

Despite the discomfort of Pim's ears and the absence of sun we made the best of our first day in town. We walked around to discover a whole new part of town we didn't see the night before, ran into our Australian friends Kate & Bianca from the sailing trip in Belize, found a nice looking Spanish school and went to the Panajachel market in the afternoon to do some souvenir shopping. Don't get your hopes up, we came back to San Pedro with mainly gifts for ourselves, hahaha...

The best thing we did the first day was definitely to find the nicest Spanish school in town, San Pedro Spanish School (who would have guessed the name...). At first we were to go for two days of 'refreshing our memories' of the Spanish introduction classes but in the end we booked a third day of 4hour class and ended up learning mainly new stuff....soooo much: new verbs, two past tenses, San pedro/Guatemalan culture, and much more than we could sum up here.
Here is Pim doing his homework over lunch!

Since classes were from 2 to 6 in the afternoon we had the mornings to ourselves (although doing your homework on holiday mornings felt extremely weird for Pim, Malka of course liked to put in the effort, hmmmhmmmhmmnerdhmmhmm). On Thursday we took an early ferry to San Marcos town for some views of the other site of the lake. Here we had a relaxed morning in the sun doing some swimming and homework and just hanging around with our new-found-dogfriend who scared the vultures away for us and walked us to-and-from the dock to the look out points (this dog tried his best to be in every picture and he succeeded).

On Friday we left our bed real early to see the sun rising on the top of one of the mountains around the lake called the 'Indian Nose'. At 10 to 4 we were supposed to meet our tourguide for the day, but he didnt show up and around 4.30 we were lucky enough to be picked up by another tourguide and his taxi! We were still the first to be at the top which at first sight was...
... incredibly cold!

Luckily, after about an hour waiting the sun was starting to show and was presenting us some incredible views (and warmth!). The pictures below say enough...

Saturday was our first day without classes...we went for a big breakfast on the docks where we met Jens from Germany and spent the morning chatting and making plans to travel together later on. We had tried to arrange going Paragliding, but the first days the winds were too strong, so when on Saturday we heard in the morning that we could not go, Pim decided to quickly arrange a guide and climb up volcano San Pedro, while Malka decided spending some hours in the hammock and going for a swim in the lake were not a bad idea either.
While Pim was gone, Malka exprienced the fate of a lonely blonde girl walking around Guatemala: A little too much attention and several marriage proposals...

On Sunday we awoke to a perfect day with blue skies and a lake so calm and peaceful...and YES, it was time for Paragliding! Our instructor Guy, a Frenchman who has lived at the Lago Atitlan for 22 years, picked us up with his motorboat and we went to the landing spot (Mind you, that spot has been minimized by 200m as last year's rainy season was so bad, the water went up by 4m and has not gone back yet!) We hitchhiked up the mountain with our gear and from there first it was Malka's turn, then Pim's. It was absolutely amazing...a bit scary at first, jumping over the edge, but as soon as we were in the air it was so peaceful and the view was just beautiful. Fantastic!!!
Very peaceful indeed until Pim's landing...

We enjoyed the rest of the day just hanging out and swimming in the lake. When at night we went for a meal in town we ran into our friend Catherine from the Belize sailing trip and we ended up having dinner and drinks together, a really nice evening! (Catherine, we know you are reading our blog, so let us know about your classes and the homestay! Enjoy Lago Atitlan!). On Monday it was time for us to leave and it was really not easy...Lago Atitlan is a special place to be, we will definitely be back!

PS: The first person who sends us an email with the singer and song that match the lyrics on the title of this blog entry wins a souvenir! ;-)

Posted by pimenmalka 20:13 Archived in Guatemala Tagged san_pedro lago_atitlan

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Buenos dias, yo he progresado con mi espanol in San Pedro! Hmmm.....la Isla Bonita, Madonna? Your photos are beautiful, I just read your latest entries to give me some inspiration to write my blog which is still stuck in Belize! Poco a poco.... I am also enjoying San Pedro and will stay here another week but probably move on after that, learning Spanish is good, but fairly intense. Maybe see you guys further along the way....keep me inspired with your blog entries!
Catherine xx

by cmarks

Schoen war es mit Euch!!! Freue mich auf ein Wiedersehen in Amsterdam oder Frankfurt. Habe Euch wichtige Infos auf FB geschickt. Hugs, Jens

by Jens

We zijn al niet meer de eerste, we hadden ook die titel en Madonna. Daar gaat onze souvenir! Leuk verhaal weer hoor, Malka ik had nooit gedacht dat jij zou paraglyden, dat je dat durft. Pim is niet zo zacht geland, de foto ziet er uit of alsof hij gecrashd is. Veel plezier verder en tot het volgende verhaal. Mieke

by Mieke

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