MEXICO: A PAUSE FOR THOUGHT

Our arrival in Mexico City marks the end of the fourth leg of our trans-America journey. After eight months it is time again to take a break from the road and head back to Europe, to catch up with family and friends, see what surprises the postman has left, enjoy the latest episode of Homeland and 24, soak in a steaming-hot bath, sink a pint or two of Black Sheep down at the pub and move about our home without constantly knocking into each other. Whilst we’ve only covered 18,000 kilometres in the last eight months, we’ve come a long way. Back in February we returned from Europe to northern Peru, where we’d left our car on the beach beneath a tree, depositing it in the capable (though somewhat frantic) hands of Leon, the owner of the Casa Grillo campsite. To be honest I was never quite sure whether the whole of the car would still be there when we returned. Though I needn’t have worried. The only things missing when we got back were a few more of Leon’s teeth. Continue reading “MEXICO: A PAUSE FOR THOUGHT”

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INTO THE GREEN HEART OF GUATEMALA

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A FISHERMAN LAYING HIS NETS ON LAGO DE ATITLAN.

Lago de Atitlan

Of Lago de Atitlan Aldous Huxley once wrote: “Lake Como, it seems to me, touches on the limit of permissibly picturesque, but Atitlan is Como with the additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It really is too much of a good thing.” What can I add to this? Having spent the past ten days parked beside Atitlan I can heartily agree with such sentiment. I must admit, it takes some effort to drag ourselves away. But finally we do. Many come here and never leave, said to be due in part to the mythical lure of the lake. Continue reading “INTO THE GREEN HEART OF GUATEMALA”