Guatemala Travel Stories, Page 45

Guatemala Taxis Nonis Food Market Real Estate

Guatemala Taxis Nonis Food Market Real Estate
Photos of Antigua, Guatemala, Taxis, Nonis, Foods to eaty and Real Estate Offices, even found and StaTravel office to photograph.

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Antigua, Guatemala.
One hour from Guatemala City
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
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Antigua Guatemala Taxis

Antigua Guatemala Noni

Antigua Guatemala Food

Antigua Guatemala Market

Antigua Guatemala Real Estate

Guatemala Taxis Nonis Food Market Real Estate


Guatemala Tourist Bubble Inflation

Guatemala Tourist Bubble Inflation
Antigua, Guatemala is a bubble; I feel there is some abnormal pricing going on in this city of the country.

The prices of specific items can be radically different, I feel sometimes this type of pricing is monopolistic in nature, this really concerns me as it make the locals too poor to purchase in their own city.

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Antigua, Guatemala.
One hour from Guatemala City
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
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Secondary problem is they consider some of the prices normal, whereby they will spend their whole day’s paycheck to be just a normal person.

I went into a Chicken Restaurant; purchased only a Chicken Breast, the cost was three dollars. The restaurant was full of locals, not tourist and I felt bad, and to purchase a complete meal would be about eight dollars U.S. I suspect there were young men in their with their girlfriends spending one days pay to show off that they can be somebody.

When locals feel obligated to compete with the Tourist Bubble Inflated prices, it causes an undue strain on their lives. I know that a person does not think, they just want to be somebody, to be in fashion, however when it goes up to some type of usury pricing or gouge, it feels monopolistic in nature.

Antigua is full of NGO or Missionaries, I wonder if they know how this desire to be the same or equal causes harm. Alternatively, worst yet is when they just claim to be poor and become beggars of goodwill.

I paid three dollars one time as a treat, but I refuse to pay a third of days wages for one chicken breast, in my terms of living this chicken breast cost 33 dollars.

I won’t pay the three dollars, because the locals than feel this acceptable pricing, then they pay the same to be equal, they do not earn the same as the tourist, so they should not be buying, but when many people are doing it, they think it is ok or normal.

I feel obligated to find the same priced food as they eat to not upset the local economics and enabling inflation.

The idea of the world is this, if you can get away with it, then why not?

Guatemala Tourist Bubble Inflation


Travel Tip to Keep Hotel Sheets on Bed

Travel Tip to Keep Hotel Sheets on Bed
I am truly amazed how few Hotels have proper fitted sheets. The majority only has flat sheets; this is a Travel Tip to help you understand how to use simple safety pins to keep the sheets on your Hotel bed. Nothing is worst than waking up lying on the bare mattress in a Hotel.

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Antigua, Guatemala.
One hour from Guatemala City
Monday, March 31, 2008
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This is not complicated, and I am sure you will remember this Travel Tip the first time you wake up on the bare mattress in a Hotel somewhere on the other side of the planet.



This is simple to do, however not every country sells Safety Pins or not easy to find.



Please put a safety pin on all corner and at least one in the middle, so about 8 is the minimun amount, otherwise your movement in the bed can tear the sheets.



I am having serious YouTube thinking problems, not sure how to go forward, now I found YouTube in a pulldown of Google.com searches, like google is monopolizing with YouTube.com

Travel Tip to Keep Hotel Sheets on Bed


Antigua Guatemala Population Smaller

Antigua Guatemala Population Smaller
This is probably the first time I have read about a city becoming smaller for no obvious reasons.

1770 - 60,000 Inhabitants of Antigua, Guatemala
2007 - 34,685, plus or minus a few…
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Antigua, Guatemala.
One hour from Guatemala City
Monday, March 31, 2008
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This link has some Google.com Earth Maps and Distances to local cities:


- The city had a peak population of some 60,000 in the 1770s; the bulk of the population moved away in the late 18th century. Despite significant population growth in the late 20th century, the city had only reached half that number by the 1990s. According to the 2007 census, the city has some 34,685 inhabitants.

La Antigua Guatemala means the "Old Guatemala" and was the third capital of Guatemala. The first capital of Guatemala was founded on the site of a Cakchiquel-Maya city, now called Iximche, on July 25, 1524 -the day of Saint James- and called La Muy Noble y Muy Leal Ciudad de los Caballeros de Santiago de Goathemalan (The Very Noble and Very Loyal City of the Knights of Saint James of Guatemala). Naturally, St. James became the patron saint of the city. After several Cakchiquel uprisings, the capital was moved to a more suitable site in the Valley of Almolonga on November 22, 1527, and kept its original name. When this city, now named Ciudad Vieja, was destroyed by a flood, the authorities decided to move once more, this time to the Valley of Panchoy. So, on March 10, 1543 the Spanish conquistadors founded present-day Antigua, and again, it was named Santiago de los Caballeros. For more than 200 years it served as the seat of the military governor of the Spanish colony of Guatemala, a large region that included almost all of present-day Central America and the southernmost State of Mexico: Chiapas. In 1566 King Felipe II of Spain gave it the title of"Muy Noble y Muy Leal" ("Very Noble and Very Loyal").

In 1773, a series of earthquakes destroyed much of the town, which led to the third change in location for the city. The Spanish Crown ordered (1776) the removal of the capital to a safer location, the Valley of the Shrine, where Guatemala City, the modern capital of Guatemala, now stands. This new city did not retain its old name and was christened Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción (New Guatemala of the Ascension) and its patron saint is Our Lady of Ascension. The badly damaged city of Santiago de los Caballeros was ordered abandoned, although not everyone left, and was referred to as la Antigua Guatemala, or Old Guatemala. -
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antigua_Guatemala

Cities in the past were close to water, drinking water and water transportation. Sometimes a major highway will go through and remove the reason for the city.

Antigua Guatemala Population Smaller


My Name is Andy No Esta Andres

My Name is Andy No Esta Andres
I forgot my name, it is Andy, it is not Andres, my friend Wade is maybe coming to Antigua, Guatemala in the next day or so, now I am worrying he will ask for Andy, not Andres at the Hotel, and there will be no Andy living here.

My name is Andres with an accent on e in the Spanish Language.

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Antigua, Guatemala.
One hour from Guatemala City
Monday, March 31, 2008
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I almost never say or use my real name while in Spanish Countries, the locals tend to like the name, and then continuously repeat.

Ann-Dee
Ann-Dee
Ann-Dee

However, now the Hotel, maybe called a Posada only knows me by Andres, if a person comes to the Hotel and asked for Andy at the reception desk, maybe I do not live here.

The name Andy or Andrew is a great travel name, because most countries have the name in some form or another being my name is one of the Twelve Disciples from the Christian Religion.

I do not want fish, I do not want to eat fish… hehehe

My Name is Andy No Esta Andres


Antigua Guatemala Iglesia Photos

Antigua Guatemala Iglesia Photos
Churches, Iglesias, ruins, foods, another assortment of Antigua, Guatemala Photos from Andy in Antigua, Guatemala.

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Antigua, Guatemala.
One hour from Guatemala City
Monday, March 31, 2008
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Guatemala Using Dollars

Iglesia de Antigua Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala Catholic Church

Antigua Guatemala Restaurant Comedor

Antigua Guatemala Football Futbol

Antigua Guatemala Iglesia Photos


Antigua Guatemala Market Days

Antigua Guatemala Market Days
Monday, Thursday and Saturday are food market days here in Antigua, Guatemala, I presently have an usual thing in my room, called a refrigerator, this semi-funny thing allows me to stock up on vegetables cheaply.

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Antigua, Guatemala.
One hour from Guatemala City
Monday, March 31, 2008
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A whole market full of little girls like this and the older version are selling me all sorts of vegetables that encourages my diet, time to lose many kilos.



I am trying to track down the names of some strange vegetables and fruits, plus hopefully knowledge of various ways to spell.

There are two languages mixed up here, Spanish and some Mayan something, mixed to create a combo language.

Note, I do not eat unusual fruits or vegetables, it takes me at least three weeks of looking before I get food brave.

Antigua Guatemala Market Days


Spam is Reducing

Spam is Reducing
I used to receive between 50 and 100 spam or junk emails per day, I am now under 20 most of the time. I allow them to enter my Yahoo Mail bulk boxed and I check daily for incorrectly filters emails.

I see this as a true reduction, this is good because I do not like the Bulk Box method I am using presently. Bulk Box is not 100 percent correct, the wrong emails sometimes end up in the box.

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Antigua, Guatemala.
One hour from Guatemala City
Monday, March 31, 2008
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I have never worried or cared about spam much, however in West Africa the internet was so slow I started to try to minimize emails received so I could do more per click. While in Africa, I now will also reduce any reading that is not essential.

Well, nice to know the Gestapo Spam Police are working their ways to sound and constructive standards for the internet.

Spam is Reducing