Guatemala Travel Stories, Page 26

Churches and Bars are the Same

Churches and Bars are the Same
I was reading a Blog post by a Peace Corps person somewhere in Guatemala… Hmm, where is this guy? I believe the Peace Corps has somehow put him in a rotten home.
Peace Corps Guatemala

However, he has learned a lesson about Travel, never live close to a Church or a Bar, neither of them has any respect for their neighbors. They both believe they have the right to make incredible amounts of noise at any hour of the day.

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Panajachel, Guatemala
Sunday, December 21, 2008
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I posted a comment on his Blog to move, he seems to believe that turning up the music in his house will help the problem.

Let me think, do unto others, as you would have them do unto you…

I truly enjoy reading Peace Corps Blogs, these kids are well intended, they do some good, and if nothing else, they do learn the problems of Guatemala. They often return to the USA, whereby they are somewhat qualified to work for the USA Government.

I suppose we know, if one bomb drops on us, we will drop bombs on them… Hehehe

I have never seen a house in Guatemala with a basement, and then he seems to have internet in the house also, truly is roughing it.

Note, never live next to kids with speakers either, take care when you hear televisions, etc.

I am in a room for 9 dollars, I have a television, and the television is at the foot of my bed on a concrete wall. Often Hotels will put a television right in front of a window, this is terrible, the noise enter the courtyard or hall and can wake all the other guest. I will often move the television closer to the head of the bed so I can hear it better, and avoid disturbing the other guest.

Empathy is easy for me, but then again, I am from the planet Betazed and it should be.

Churches and Bars are the Same


Best Single Author Travel Blog Nominations

Best Single Author Travel Journal Nominations
I have traveled for over 10 years, almost 11 now, I am a perpetual traveler, and I am searching for other perpetual travelers.

Please submit names of people and the links to their Blogs, I will subscribe to them and next year give a report of what I consider the best of the best.

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Panajachel, Guatemala
Saturday, December 20, 2008
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Guidelines or Rules

1. Three Month Rule - A traveler does not stay in any one location more than three months.

2. No Home - A traveler does not have a home, does not normally rent an apartment.

3. Single Person or couple, please do not submit large website, this is for traveler, not for promotional type Blogs, this will be moderated.

4. ONE Year of Travel - a minimum of one-year out is needed; this is not for Vacation Blogs.

Money, somehow it would help if people would explain how the person is able to fund their trip, how is this person able to travel perpetually.

I want to know who is out here wandering the planet perpetually beside me.

I will be very lenient in the moderation, however please big Website Blogs, I want real people out on the road traveling the world.

Best Single Author Travel Journal Nominations


Anise Bread

Anise Bread
There are many types of breads in Guatemala, it is not possible to try all of them and not get fat, however I know a few. The photos below is of Anise Bread, in the Kaqchikel Language of Panajachel, Guatemala they call is Xeca. However, I just say Anise and they give me some, it cost 50 centavos per piece of bread, or two for one Quetzal.

Anise taste like licorice, so maybe you can say it licorice bread, whatever you call it, the taste is good. However, understand licorice is a different type of plant.

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Panajachel, Guatemala
Saturday, December 20, 2008
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This is a photos of the Anise Bread, if you look close there is some small mound of bread that is on the top, not sure why, however that little mound is how you can recognize that the bread is Anise. If you are in a normal market the price may change, the best bead in Pana comes out around three o’clock in the afternoon, they do not seem to wake early and cook the breads here, instead they start in the morning and deliver in the afternoon.



This is a photos of Anise, you can purchase in the market for 3 Quetzals per ounce, it is has a licorice taste and a nice way to add a taste to your mouth. In some restaurants, they will have small bowls full of anise for people to pinch and use as an after meal breathe freshener. (Note, I cannot remember if this is Guatemala that uses it for a breath freshener, however some countries on the planet.)

Buy the "enterno" or whole grain anise, not the crushed anise if you want to just eat, however for cooking maybe you buy the crushed.

ANISE
Anise - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Anise Alcohol and Scarification Yon Benin Africa
Anise Seed
botanical.com - A Modern Herbal Anise
Liquorice - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

GUATEMALA LANGUAGE
Ethnologue report for Cakchiquel
Kaqchikel language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kaqchikel Mayan at KU
Signs of Language Fluency

Anise Bread


Auto Industry Bankruptcy Play

Auto Industry Bankruptcy Play
I was happy to read that President Bush gave tons of money to the Auto Industry today. I think everyone knows these companies are going to file Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, and this is a good way to delay the inevitable and prepare the public.

As a global traveler, I am truly embarrassed by the US auto industry; they are just not a player on the world market. I seldom see USA cars or trucks, unless I am in the USA.

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Panajachel, Guatemala
Thursday, December 18, 2008
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There is an emotional variable to the auto industry, the country needs to prepare itself mentally for Bankruptcy, and this will keep Mom and Pop investors from getting panicky. Moreover, by March all the smart money can distance themselves from the auto industry, sit around, and wait… if the companies look stable they can jump back in.

Just think, I could manufacture cars in Guatemala and pay workers 5-10 dollars per day, and the employees would be happy.

Auto Industry Bankruptcy Play


The Future of Jet Fuel

The Future of Jet Fuel
They are making Jet Fuel out of Algae, this is truly a great idea. I heard that KLM was already experimenting. Plus as best I can figure out the US Army is also trying to utilize Algae to make Jet Fuel.

I suspect this a good stop pick…

Algae Fuel for Jets
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Panajachel, Guatemala
Thursday, December 18, 2008
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I think TATA motors could be a good play also…, the India automobile company.

The Future of Jet Fuel


Solola Solola Guatemala

Solola Solola Guatemala
I walked down the small lane from my Hotel; at the end is a man hollering Solola, Solala, there is music in his voice. I decided, I know too much of Panajachel, Guatemala and I needed a change. I paid 3 Quetzals for a short Chicken Bus trip up the hill to the city of Solola, Guatemala. I was surprise, it was market day and the city was packed. I found out Market Day is Tuesday and Friday and truly a great market, and not tourist… hehehe

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Panajachel, Guatemala
Thursday, December 18, 2008
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There is not enough life in one person to explore all the corners of the planet. This is sugar; actually, it is Panela a type of sugar, more like brown sugar and not like white sugar. The flavors is good, I love the stuff and truly see no value to white sugar.

I have encountered Panela in many countries, it is made from sugarcane. If I devoted three days to my life, I could learn about Panela. This old man was dazed, a sleepy mind, however if I was willing to give three days of my life, I could ask many questions, find out where this Panela came from, I would go to the fields where they grew the sugar cane, watch them harvest it. I would find the place where they are boiling the water or juice off the Panela and have a good time.

Strange how I value my time, even though I have the three days, is this what I want to do. Instead, I travel around, hoping to accidentally find the source of this product.

The whole Solola Marke trip took me less than 45 minutes, like going to Walmart, but a lot more fun.

SOLOLA
Market, Solola, Guatemala roadtrippin.com
Solola Guatemala market
Solola, Guatemala

PANELA
Panela - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Why have sugar when you can have Panela....pure, wholesome,

Solola Solola Guatemala


Walking Under a Rainbow

Walking Under a Rainbow
I have an instinct that works on overdrive, I can sense when both the good and the bad of the world are near me, to say the least I feel things. Lately I have been having a feeling I am walking under a rainbow and good thing are going to happen.
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Panajachel, Guatemala
Thursday, December 18, 2008
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I need to thank the Budget Travel site; they are the ones as best I understand publish the magazine Budget Travel. I found an incoming click from their site, they have placed my Blog link there with a group of other well know Blogs.

Thanks Budget Travel, take a look, the list of Blogs is good.

Travel Journal Directory - Budget Travel

Walking Under a Rainbow


Guatemala Globalizes the USA Boondoggle

Guatemala Globalizes the USA Boondoggle
I went to a laundry place here in Panajachel, Guatemala, they want 20 Quetzals for the wash machine and 20 Quetzals for the dryer, this is about six dollars to do one load of clothes.

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Panajachel, Guatemala
Thursday, December 18, 2008
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I truly have three loads, I suppose I could risk it and tuck them all into one two machines, however I do not want too I like my clothes. It would cost me 120 Q to do my laundry properly.

15.60 USA Dollars this is too stupid for words in Guatemala.

I could buy three hand made shirts here for 15 dollars…



I took this photo the other day of an article here in a Guatemala newspaper, as best I can explain it says an average work should be making about 500 Quetzals per month.

That is 65.00 US Dollars per month.

I am not sure, there are many funky and truly crappy figures in all this, however as best I can tell an average person in Guatemala makes between 4 and 10 US Dollars per day.

I walked down the street to my Hotel, walked up to an older woman by the name of Marie and asked her if she wanted to do my laundry. I am paying her 40 Q. to do may laundry, this is about one day’s wages; this will help the people of Guatemala.

I get very angry when Tourist and Travelers just bend over and pay these inflated tourist prices. This type of inflationary move by Guatemalan people or Gringos makes it difficult for the average person to live. This forces the local Guatemalan people to compete with me, they also have to pay exploited fees on my goods, or they perceive they should if they are equal.

When asking for some labor to do, I estimate how long it would take me to do the work. I can do my laundry in less than one hour by hand. This splurge mentality of the world is biting the planet hard; I just do not understand why people do not care.

Guatemala Globalizes the USA Boondoggle