Monday, January 14, 2008

Our Vacation - Part 6 - Antigua

After the day at Chichi, we jumped back in the van to head to Antigua. A couple of hours later, we arrived at the Hotel Aurora.

This is my favorite hotel in Guatemala. It's not a big, fancy 4 star hotel or resort, but it is beautiful, and it feels like home...except it's clean...and peaceful.

The garden courtyard, the tile floors, the gentle hospitality of this charming hotel just make you want to go "Aaaahh...relax."

...And we did, for a minute.

Then we had to get going.

So much shopping, so little time. :-D

We only had an evening and a day in Antigua, so we relaxed as much as we could and shopped as much as we could, and squeezed in some sights along the way. It was great fun.

We saw our dear friends, E___ and N___, who have a stall at the Artisan's Market. They are Christians, and have been a huge blessing to us.

At the end of the full day in Antigua, we were pretty exhausted from all the walking on cobblestones. We were still at the Artisan's Market, which is about 6 blocks from the hotel. I was starting to worry about Mom walking that far. So we decide to take a tuk-tuk. A tuk-tuk is a scooter-cab, with room for 2 in the back, although we've seen 4-5 people in one before.

So, life's an adventure, right?

Off we was a WILD RIDE!!! Someone should have died! But we laughed hysterically all the way back. He's driving 1/4 inch away from big trucks, and there are pedestrians, and cars... and the bumping of the cobblestones....and the beep-beep of the horns. It was a HOOT!

Seriously, it was an adventure I'll never forget.

We made it back to the hotel safely.

But our adventure in Antigua was not over yet...

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