Horses and coffee…who knew!

Alisa here- We stayed put in San Pedro today. We’re in a hostel that Art thinks is lame and dirty but I like it. The bed is comfy, the walls are painted brightly, and we have a fantastic view- what more is there to want? Of course, we do have to turn off the sink from the pipe below because it just keeps running if we don’t, the shower is kind of one with the whole bathroom and the floor isn’t slanted toward the drain so there’s always standing water next to the door, the bar down the street has really loud music (at least it’s good), and I’m kind of getting hotboxed right now by our neighbors… but… but… the view!

Today we rode horses around town, out of town to a view point, and to a coffee finca. There were two girls from Italy on the tour with us and when we stopped for the view we got to talk with them and with our guide for a long time. One of the things I like about doing these tours is that it gives me an excuse to talk to strangers because I’m usually not good at that. Also, since we’re all obviously tourists, the most common first question is “where are you from?” I also like this because I can quickly find out their native language (after I’ve silently guessed from their accent).

What’s most interesting is hearing the indigenous languages. Just about everyone who lives around this lake speaks one as a first language. The guy who showed us around the finca obliged us by speaking Spanish but he normally does the tours in English and then speaks his native language in his everyday life. The guy who served the coffee told me the name of it but I didn’t write it down ūüė¶ The guide book says Tz’utujil is the one for San Pedro but I’m sure he said something else. He also said there are about 20.

Art writing:

We had a long conversation about
the current state of the Government. It
was interesting to hear his opinion

The horse back riding was really fun. I have had a small fear of horses for quite some time now. I would say that it is about a 5 out of ten. However, after about 15 minutes of riding I was pretty comfortable. Our guide’s name was Lucas. He was really patient with us and took a lot of time to make sure that we were comfortable. The hardest part of the ride for me was going through the narrow streets of the town. Often times there were groups of people, motorcycles, and tuktuks on the road at the same time. It made it a little¬†nerve wracking ¬†considering that we were siting¬†on top of an animal that could lose it at any moment. Halfway through our trip, we took a break and sat next to a lookout where we talked for a long time. I really enjoyed the conversation we had with Lucas. He gave us his perspective on the current state of the government and on the¬†immigration¬†situation going on in the United States. Although they were his opinions, it was amazing hearing it from his perspective.¬†

After horseback riding and going on the coffee tour, Alisa and I had some lunch in another little¬†restaurant down the street from our hotel. A lot of the food here is pretty common no matter where you go, however that’s not a complaint. Having finished our meals and relaxed a little while, we headed back to the docks and met up with Diego. He set us up with a free hour of Kayaking. We opted to do two hours. We launched off and¬†paddled around the cove for a long time. We were able to get some good pictures. Having paddled around for about an hour, we approached a dock where there were some kids jumping off. I got off the¬†kayak and starting jumping off, myself. It’s kind of odd because in the pacific¬†northwest you could never just jump into the water. You would die of hypothermia. Even though it was a cool day here, it¬†wasn’t that bad. I got back on the boat and we¬†continued on to another part of the cove where we saw a whole bunch of people in the water. After getting a little close, we realized that they were actually native people bathing and washing their clothing. We moved a little further and saw a guy jump out of a tree into the water. As we approached, he was standing on a cliff and I asked him “¬ŅEs possible tirarse de las piedras?” (Can you jump off the rocks). He responded with a Yes and signaled me to come up. I asked him for a demonstration which he gave, and then I followed suit. It was really fun, and I’m glad I did it although it was probably a little stupid. We paddled around a little while longer before our two hours were up. I think Alisa had a really good time as she got her sun and got to¬†relax most of the time as I had offered to do most of the¬†paddling.

We returned home and decided it was time to do some laundry. We¬†didn’t feel comfortable going down to the lake and doing our¬†laundry so we ended up washing our clothing in the shower and¬†hanging our things outside to dry.

We decided to stay one more night here in San Pedro. We are gonna return to Antigua on friday where we will stay the night and then leave the next day for a trip up north. We still¬†don’t have a plan, but it seems to have worked out for us this far.¬†

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