Antigua, Guatemala, February 17, 2018
Yeah! Today is a free day - no school and no volunteering. It's like I was back working, always excited for the weekend and having nothing to do all day.
I love the bodegona - the main supermercado. It's huge, packed and has everything you can imagine including booze and free samples. But last night, Marte Julia mentionned there's an even better one in Jocotenango, just a couple kilometers north called La Torre and it's brand new. So, that was my first mission this morning. What a disappointment! It's in a mall and just like Coop or Sobeys. When I travel, the last thing I want is a cold and sterile supermarket like at home. So, I won't be going there again. The mall is only half full but it's just like a North American one. I'm not sure how many Guatemalicos can afford to shop here-
To make matters worse, I got sucked in to buying coffee in the grocery store. Everytime I do, I end up giving it away or leaving it behind somewhere. The woman assured me it was export quality and very rich and strong. Not. When will I learn?
Because it's now Lent, many windows and doorways are adorned with white and purple sashes. There are also black robes with similar sashes for rent/sale-
I had my toenails shellacked for $13.68! Hard to believe. Then I visited a few travel agencies to see how much the next part of my adventure will cost. I'll travel by shuttle which is a mini van rather than by chicken bus because I want to get there before I have another birthday. Chicken buses race down the highway but stop continuously and my backpack would be on the roof which is not necessarily the safest place for it. A shuttle will take me directly to my hotel and pick me up the next morning. I couldn't believe it but prices ranged from $90 US to $48 US for exactly the same trips!
Lots of women manage carrying loads like this. They make a support ring out of a piece of cloth and that's what the basket sits on-
The view from my front gate-
I'm looking forward to another 'free day' in paradise tomorrow!