“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Friday, July 29, 2011

Quick thoughts on Guatemala

It's wonderful that everyone smiles at everyone else. Be friendly to strangers is an essential mantra at makes it such a warm place.

Couples are making out everywhere I go with the grassy areas insider old convents, monasteries and churches being the most popular place. I wondered where they all went today when it rained. They are usually in full make out mode, too. In your lap, hands in your pants kind of deal. It's quite lovely especially after being in such reserved places as the middle east and Azerbaijan, although I suppose the were always lots of couples in public places in Baku, too.

Colors! I love the colors everywhere. The houses are painted, the clothes are patterned, and everything is meant to have color. Baku really was so drab!

The courtyards are wonderful. They are green and leafy and full of flowers in bloom, and there are old ruins everywhere. It appears like they are proud of their history, but I wonder if that's just a front for the tourists. They seem like they have good ideas for usage of space and the ruins in the hotel today were so well integrated with the new. I keep thudding to myself how I would love to find a cute little courtyard house in Colombia!