|One of the Courtyards|
at Hotel Casa Antigua
I was dropped off at the hotel, glad to stretch my legs. The gracious, smiling staff stowed my luggage for me until my room was ready. I then wandered about with my big backpack snapping shots and vaguely looking for something to eat. I found an amazingly tranquil spot, Ventana Internet. It was quiet, beautiful, with lovely wait staff (and a very nice panini).
With a full tummy, I wandered the streets, seeing old churches, market places, and LOTS of school kids out for the mid-day break. The market place was huge with hundreds of stalls. Next to the general market was an artisan's market with many, many tempting things. Several of the venders were hard-sells who did not want to take, nada hoy, as an answer.
|Detail of door|
at La Merced Church
|Ruins of San Jerónimo|
Antigua is a drastically different experience than Xela. If you open your eyes, you see poverty and the disparity between the indigenous people and the ladinos, but this is a town that caters to tourism. Americans, Brits, Germans, and wealthier Guatemaltecos to name a few. Today was nice for a break (and a real shower), but tomorrow we head to Reu! In many ways, that feels more comfortable - at lease spiritually. The team arrives in about an hour and a half. The mission begins.