Up At Dawn In Antiqua, Gatemala


Back garden of Casa Jacaranda hostel.

Today is day 15 of 365 days of trekking around the world. It is 5:00 AM and I’m up with the birds once again. This time it’s the birds signing to welcome the dawn in the garden out back of Hostal y Restaurante¬†Casa Jacaranda, in Antigua, Guatemala. I’ve claimed one of the tables in the garden as my work area so I can listen to the multitude of birds as the rising sun warms my face.

Other early rising guests are stirring, staff members are starting their work day, and late night parties are returning from a night of revelry. All leave me to himself, other than to nod an acknowledgement.

I have decided to stay put for a couple of more days to catch up on editing videos, updating the travel journal portion of the website, and write reviews. While at Lake Atitlan there was little opportunity to access a decent, let alone affordable Wifi or Internet connection. The accidental budget overrun experienced at La Iguana Perdida hostel did not need to be exasperated further with a bill for Internet use when the connection was too poor to do more than check emails.

I must mention that the lack of WiFi and Internet connection at La Iguana Perdida hostel is intentional. The policy is clearly posted. A sign reads, “We Prefer Giggles Over Google”. Unfortunately I only learned of the lack of this important tool upon arrival. Not clarifying what the Internet access polity was cost me 3 days and 4 nights of productivity. Sue selected the accommodations, and she does not rank communications as highly as I do. We’ve agreed accommodation providers that do not provide free Wifi and/or Internet access have to be limited to single night stays, followed by accommodations with Wifi. Overnight is a short stay, but long enough to get the material, photos and videos needed to produce creditable reviews of the property.


Vagabond Travel came into being April 16, 2014 when I departed Canada heading for Mexico City. I have no destination in mind, nor an itinerary to follow. This is a sort of website, journal and travel blog all rolled into one. That’s about it.

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