Antibiotics are good. I managed to sort out the foodpoisoning and headed off to Lanquin for the weekend. I was with the same guys as last weekend - Ninke, Eva and Dan from the language school with Adolfo the guide.
Lanquin is just about in the middle of Guatemala and took 6.5 hours in the pick-up truck. We got out of classes a bit early on Friday and set off at about 10AM.
It was a great weekend. We hooked up with lots of other people who were travelling and staying at the same hostel/hotel as us. The scenary was wonderful and we got to climb up to a high viewpoint and then decend and cool off in the river. The bit where we were swiming is a place called Semuc Champey and itÃ¯Â¿Â½s formed by most of the river diverting underground through limestome caves. The 10% or so of water that stayes overground forms beutiful slow flowing pools which are perfect to relax in.
Other bits of the trip included a (slightly reluctant) jump from a 10M high bridge into the river and a hike around a cloud forest. YouÃ¯Â¿Â½ll also see a photo of blindfolded giant Jenga in the bar. The most sureal part of the weekend was "tubing" on the river - we got to hire inflatable rubber rings which we sat on and floated down the river for 3KM over some tiny rapids - fun, until I fell off at the end...
Now back in Antigua and the Spanish is getting tougher. We had a teachers Vs students football match yesterday and IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve nipped into the local "hospital" to do a bit of voluntary work with some mentally handicapped kids. We (somhow) manged to win a bottle of rum by coming 2nd in a bilingual quiz night in the pub yesterday.
Am hoping to climb the volcano on Saturday and go to the lake on Sunday.