Guatemala Travel Stories, Page 19

2009 January 8 Leave Guatemala Enter Peru

2009 January 8 Leave Guatemala Enter Peru
I am in No-Man-Land, I am waiting to get on the Taca.com for 650 U.S. Dollars one-way to Lima Peru.

This is a country marker, to help me and readers know when I went from one country to the next.

My travelers golf was good today, I made par for the day.

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Guatemala City International Airport
Near the McDonalds sitting by the Window
Thursday, January 8, 2009
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Travelers Golf is a good game, I hit the ball into the rough today on purpose just to test my travel skills.

I play travel games.

Transportation Games of Travel

2009 January 8 Leave Guatemala Enter Peru


Mayan Religious Ceremony

Mayan Religious Ceremony
I have some more photos from the viewpoint at the village of San Jorge that is located between the cities of Panajachel, Guatemala and Solola on Lago, Atitlan. I went to the viewpoint a second time to photograph the area; I could not take many photos on Sunday because they were conducting a private ceremony.

Photos of Viewpoint

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Panajachel, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
Thursday, January 8, 2009
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This is a photo I took on Sunday, not easy to see what is happening, however the one of the men is bending over and placing some round pieces of something on the altar made of concrete.
What are these round things?

I speak Spanish and I was lucky, a woman later called this an “Encanto,” and it was for any religions. Now that information is only one person and it could take weeks to know the various truths of this ceremony.



I put the photo in a graphics program, copied a square of the photo to show you what I was seeing. What are the round things he is placing on this altar of concrete?

(I learned this trick from freelance photographers in Israel photographing the Gaza strip given to the Palestine people.)



This is the path that leads out to the point; it is made of stone and concrete. I met what appeared to be a tour group on my second trip to this point, and discovered there were three of these “Encantos.”

When I encounter these types of situations, it becomes difficult to learn any clear information

Five types of information:

1. What lies a guide would tell you to embellish the truth to make an interesting story. (Do not trust 95 percent of the guides, they truly mislead.)

2. What the locals would tell you that live away from this point, for example in Panajachel, and maybe more Mestizo and less Mayan.

3. What the locals living in the immediate area would tell me, this is whom I asked and she called it an “Encanto.”

4. People who are actually in ceremonies, and they would not talk to me and said it was private.

5. Write infomation, that can be as silly as the guides information.

I suspect and believe this is probably a ceremony of what could be called a fuzzy God; it is rather normal that people will blend together two or more religions and make their own form of worship. I would bet they have combined the Christian Catholic Religion together with the local Mayan Religions.

Note, please do not think that all Mayans worship the same, there is always a local interpretation of what they are supposed to be doing. Catholics in Guatemala are not the same as Catholics in the USA, and the same goes for Mayan worship, religions change like neighborhoods, they adapt to the wishes of the local people who live in any one small local region of the world.

What is an “Encanto?” The word in Spanish means enchanted, or charm, fascination. However, do not get trapped in an literal Spanish translation of this word, there is some colloquial use of this word that would take me weeks to interpret.

What is Encanto? Do you know?

Religions

Mayan Religious Ceremony


Next Time I go to Beach

Next Time I go to Beach
The next time I go to the Beach, I know what I am going to do, thankt to William my friend who sent me this photo.
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Panajachel, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
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Forget the sandcastles, this is better.

I supppose this is a good way to start a conversation with the local girls in bikinis.

Any idea on how they made that big footprint in the sand without tracks leading up to it?

Beach

Next Time I go to Beach


Call Airlines for Bag Cost Travel Tip

Call Airlines for Bag Cost Travel Tip
I fly with Taca.com from Guatemala City to Lima, Peru today at 3:00 pm, the cost of the flight was 650 US Dollars more or less. However, with the new tricky luggage fees, I have decided to call before I purchased the ticket to try to avoid any expensive surprises that increases the cost of the ticket.

Airlines are getting too clever, they are truly annoying me.

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Panajachel, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
Thursday, January 8, 2009
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I got on Skype.com and called the USA number of Taca.com and after a lot of waiting a nice person with a strong Latino accent answered my question.

I ask, "how many bags can I check in? I can carry two up to 50 pounds and one carry on up to something around 20, so good amount of weight. I think in Kilos so I suppose it is close to 20 Kilos, I am ok.

I got on Spiritair.com last year and discovered I needed 40 dollars to check my bag, which was a surprise. (I was not able to buy a ticket with Spiritair.com with enough saving to make sense for the extra 10 hour of flight time.)

Navigation of the rules of airlines are becoming incomprehensible, I truly recommend you call and inquire on checked bags just to be safe.

I feel that all airlines should include all cost, including airport taxes, luggage fees, and fuel surcharge in the prices by some type of international law.

Do you think it is possible to have a rule that all airlines would obey? I think the e-ticket was a rule that all airlines went to by a certain date, I do not see why they cannot do this on these prices bait and switch type tactics.

Call your airline if nothing else, just to bother them a form of disobedience to make a point.

Airfares, - Luggage

Call Airlines for Bag Cost Travel Tip


Nominations for 2009 LP Travel Blogger Awards

Nominations for 2009 LP Travel Journalger Awards
Lonely Planet has opened nominations for the top or best Travel Journalger award for 2009.

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Panajachel, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
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The Story
http://lplabs.com/2008/12/16/the-lonely-planet-2009-travel-bloggers-awards/

Go to this link to submit Travel Journals.
http://lplabs.com/2009/01/06/nominations/


I have not got on the Lonely Planet Thorntree since I went to Iraq and was searching for information; it looks like Lonely Planet has made some changes.

Best Destination Blog
Best Expat Blog
Best Travelouge .. (Is this spelled correctly? I pasted from the site.)
Best Consumer Travel Journal
Best non-English language Blog
Best Video Blog
Best Micro-Blogging (twitter etc)
Best Image based Blog
Best Themed Blog (trekking etc)
Bet Group Authored Blog
Best community engagement

I am very happy they separated this into categories, it just does not make sense to group all Travel Journals in the same category.

Good for them, they put the “Non English” world into this… truly hard to say the best Travel Journals when you forget the worlds speaks many languages.

"The idea is you submit your nominations under the categories below, then about mid-Feb (we’ll confirm the date closer to the time) we’ll close nominations and public voting will start for the top five nominated blogs in each category."

What is this Lonely Planet Labs?

Is popularity by readers the best way to decide which one are best? I wonder if my Mom know what the Lonely Planet is, Mom it is a Guidebook.

Guidebooks, - Blogs

Nominations for 2009 LP Travel Journalger Awards


Jeff and Zephir are Good in Central America

Jeff and Zephir are Good in Central America
I found an interesting couple of people writing an interesting Blog about their trip through Central America. The photos are good and not just the average groups of boring photos you can get on any Tourist Blog a.k.a Vacation Blog
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Panajachel, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
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Check out this site, I just started to follow today and already want to say attaboy.

http://jephirtreksamerica.blogspot.com/

Jeff and Zephir are Good in Central America


Ipod Charging in USB Port Travel Tip

Ipod Charging in USB Port Travel Tip

Buy a battery charger before you go travel with your Ipod Travel Tip.

I do not own an Ipod; however, it appears I do have a battery charger for an Ipod or other similar electronic devices.

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Panajachel, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
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Does your kid have an Ipod?

Do you have one?

How do you charge it?

If you are charging it only with a USB port on your computer, please do me a favor, buy a charger before you leave home, or carry a laptop.

Two friends came to visit me in Guatemala, neither of them had a way to charge their electronic device, they wanted me to loan them a USB port in my laptop computer.

Do you love music, do you want to watch movies, you need to purchase a charger, becauase you are not in Kansas anymore when you travel.

Gear, Computer Help, Electronics, Packing for Travel, Planning your Trip

Ipod Charging in USB Port Travel Tip


It is Not a Purse Photos

It is Not a Purse Photos
I was doing research on my Travel Bag project; I am trying to categorize all the type of Travel Bags and learn all the names. There is a travel bag called a "Messenger Bag." While reading and collecting links to these bags one person wrote,
“It’s not a purse.”

I fell over laughing at the honesty… and his ability for introspection, a rare trait in the modern world.

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Panajachel, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
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“It’s not a purse.”

Maybe you call this a “Man Purse.”

The body on the right is a Man, just wanted you to know, I took this photo in Panajachel, Guatemala on Santander Street located on Lago Atitlan.



A photo of a typical or traditional Mayan man dressed in formal clothes, I hear this dress is expensive and one of the reasons few Mayan men wear them.



I would surmise this man is Macho in the Guatemalan culture, and I suspect he considers the local men walking around in Western Clothing as being effeminate.

Does the western man above know he is dressed in an androgynous or effeminate manner, or is he obvious? Does the Mayan man know he is wearing a dress?

MESSENGER BAG
Messenger bag - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Messenger bags are hip - US News and World Report
Messenger bags The newest trend in bookbags may be bad news for your back - The Stanford Daily
The Tom Bihn Ego Messenger Bag Review Gear Diary

Guatemala Culture Fashion Gear Traveler Bag

It is Not a Purse Photos