Just an update…
I’m heading south tomorrow or the next day. That said, I know I’ll be returning to Lake Atitlan. In fact, I can see myself one day living permanently somewhere along it’s shores.
However, I’m committed to trekking the globe before settling down anywhere, so after a wonderful 3 week stay in San Pedro and 4 days in Santa Cruz, I’m off to seek new adventures. I’ll head back to Antigua for a day or two. Hopefully when I get there I’ll be able to find an ATM that recognizes my bank card or at least a helpful bank. After a night of torrential rains, none of the ATMs I checked around Lake Atitlan would recognize the institutions that issued my cards. Not being able to access funds, other than through a friend being willing to send cash via costly and time consuming Western Union made for a stressful few days. No wonder most communities surrounding the lake are totally cash based economies. A stash of cash is never inaccessible.
Sue and I are parting company, at least for a time. We may connect again in South America, but who knows. Sue’s current priority is to do a home stay Spanish course. Mine is to visit new places, which of course I should have been doing all along. Lake Atitlan is a seductive place, and it’s natural beauty almost added me to the hundreds of expats I met who visited the area years, even decades ago, and never left.
My first destination after Antigua is San Salvador, in El Salvador. Beyond that, I have no idea where I will be going next, other than it will be south.