Antigua, Guatemala Part 2

After the driver forgetting to pick us up for the volcano trek we re-booked for 7am. As I mentioned previously, Antigua isn’t the warmest place so it was a shock to the system!

Joe and I pulled out our hiking boots and got ready for a day of trekking!

Check out this landscape…

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The trek took us from the bottom of the volcano up halfway and then around the back. The previous days trek had proven getting to the top was too difficult as it was thick in smoke. Our guide decided to take us around the back and toward a new crater that had developed and had recently released a stream of lava.
The landscape went from green trees and bushes to black ash within seconds.

The ash was so difficult to walk on and the wind picked up and was blowing down the side of the volcano… We nearly lost a few!

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As we got close the the lava it started heating up.

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Made our way back with our group

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On our way back we found a little pub to have some dinner in. Who would have thought we would have found this in Guatemala?!

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And we had a few of these…

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Antigua, Guatemala

Disappearing into the abstract countryside of Guatemala we came across a city called Antigua. It’s fairly far into the country and surrounded by 3 volcanos, one if which is still active. However this made Antigua bloody cold!
The feel of the city was very colonial, bright and beautiful.

We arrived at 7am from the overnight bus and killed some time by wondering around the beautiful city and going to the local market.

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The variety of the fruit and vegetables are unbelievable and everything seems 10 times the size of our fruit at home!
We walked through the bus station. In Guatemala they use old American school buses as public buses. Drivers “pimp” their buses so they are all different. Most are covered in bright graffiti, with names on the front, and LED lights everywhere. They are so loud and have funny musical horns.

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Pretty much fell in love with the city as soon as we arrived. Found ourselves looking to do some activities for the next few days. Antigua has a lot to offer in the way of tours and sightseeing. So we booked to go on a 3 hour trek to volcano pacaya. Talking to several people we were told you would trek to the top and roast marsh-mellows.
Now, I will let you into a small secret that absolutely nothing runs on time in Guatemala…
The tour was booked for 1pm, after sitting in 25 degrees with 7 layers on and walking boots for an hour and a half we discovered the bus had forgotten to pick us up.

So, change of costume and off we went to hire some bikes to explore the town in greater detail.
The chap we rented bikes off gave us a very vague map and told us that the route was 30km all the way around the city.

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It was so refreshing. But of course… We got lost!

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We asked a few of the locals and they said to keep heading straight. After about an hour we found ourselves in Guatemalan shanty town.
All the corner shops would serve through metal bars and we got stared at an awful lot. Hence there not being any pictures of this area!
Luckily after a mild panic attack and bumping into the very few friendly locals we found ourself back on the highway to the safer end of town!
After the shock, a brew was in order.

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More adventures in Antigua to come.

Ca-ca-ca-cancun, Mexico

Hello girls and boys!

We arrived in Mexico! After a ridiculously hungover flight and an awful lot of yanks at the airport we managed to make our way to our first hostel. It was an amazing little place in downtown cancun with a huge rooms and karaoke… Needless to say neither me or joe braved singing.

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After crashing out and sleeping the first night we decided to getup as early as possible and catch an organised trip to Chechen itza which is in the centre of the Yutícan province (If you have seen idiot abroad you will recognise it).

We travelled 2 hours on a coach to see a Cenoté which is a naturally formed cave with a lagoon underground.

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After we visited the Mayan ruins, our tour guide Manuel just DID NOT STOP TALKING!!! But we had a very detailed tour of the ruins which was interesting.

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Also saw the original meteor hole which caused all the underwater Cenotés thousands and thousands of years ago.

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After all that information and walking of course we needed a tequila…

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For the evening our hostel tour guide took us out to a club called “daddios” and you can kind of guess what happened there… This may give you an idea.

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So now we have found ourselves off to Isla mujeres in the rain… Until next time ¡hasta luego!

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Date night

My boyfriend and i make a conscious effort to have a date night once every couple of weeks. It usually involves my 2 favourite things… food and wine! This week we tried the restaurant dated number 15 on Cardiff’s trip advisor “The Purple Poppadom“.

Only a slight door which is easily missed

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Lead into a very bright but suave Indian restaurant. I knew as we entered this wasn’t going to be any Indian restaurant as I checked their wine list!

Digging in I had Tandoori King Prawns – A plated trio of tandoori king prawns scented with Bengal kasundi mustard and rolled in spices, served with prawn risotto and ‘achari’ delicately home-pickled prawns… Fabulous

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Somebody was enjoying it

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For dessert a Chocomosa Anand which was Chef’s signature dessert of a light crispy pastry parcel filled with a melted Belgian chocolate ganache, served with homemade vanilla ice cream. And I opted for an Irish coffee.

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Home sweet home

When a daddy turned 59 at the end of August, a visit back home was required. I woke up to a glorious hazy summers day. So, decided to take the family to one of our favourite spots growing up. It’s called Trigate bridge and is an undiscovered beautiful part of the world. I packed my bag full of Waitrose picnic goodies and John Lewis picnic blanket and a few bottles of Suffolk Aspalls cider and crisp Italian Prosecco!
Trigate river
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So after skimming stones,
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And walking down the river,
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We settled down to have fresh French stick, soft Brie and red onion chutney, a selection of Italian meats and elderflower Bellini’s.
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You can buy all of the food products at http://www.waitrose.com/
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