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The charms of Antigua

the bus to Guatemala City is freezing cold, driver is another NFS fan. We struggle to stay in our otherwise large seats.
We’ve had some sleep and arrive around 5 a.m. in Guatemala City. The shuttle guy is waiting for us (we were told to wait until 6) so good news!
But the shuttle is somewhere else so we go out for a walk in a very non-tourist friendly area in the dark.
We reach the shuttle and our driver is of course in a hurry but we need a real bed so ok.
At some point of time he asks money from us. We paid the other day and we have voucher. He’s not happy as it Is obviously something not agreed with the agent in Flores. A fight follows he refuses to give us our backpacks. Just before I call the police, Nace convinces the driver to call the agent. Driver not happy but what can he do?
Todo bien. We head to the house were supposed to stay. It’s a quiet local neighborhood. I mean everything’s quiet on a Saturday morning before 7 a.m.
They don’t expect us that early and there’s at least one dog inside.
The dog is friendly and they allow us to use another room to sleep until it’s time to check in.
We wake up fresh and enthusiastic for a walk. Antigua is full of cars and tuk-tuks and smells like something you don’t want to spend hours walking in. We wonder how so many people are attracted to this town.
We haven’t eaten in almost 25 hours and we stumble a lovely family-run restaurant where a mother and daughter pampered every our whim.
For dinner we had less luck and waited half an hour for very small and expensive sandwiches. And everywhere we get surrounded by street merchants and beggars.
Ok, Antigua has its cool vibes. The colonial architecture, the food scene, the language schools. And this important religious procession which is like a small carnival. And the pancakes for late dinner!
We won’t be doing a volcano hike this time. We don’t have the proper equipment, also the mental and physical shape and mostly the weather isn’t very promising for nice views of eruptions.
But the view from our balcony is worth millions! Erupting Volcano del Fuego, the majestic Acatenango and the nearby Agua. We are enchanted by the smoking eruptions of the coughing volcano. And a sunny walk in the morning reminds us why so many people are attracted to the photogenic Antigua. And even better pancakes!

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