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Mar 25, 2011 - Antigua

Finally we set foot on terra firma in Guatemala and took the hour and a half drive on a cruise shuttle up to Antigua. We did an “on your own tour”. They got us up there and back for about the same price as a taxi ride. We then had 3 hours to wander around. The main old Colonial area is very walkable so of course that’s what we did. The buildings are all pretty low level and have fairly boring fronts but once you get a look inside that all changes. There are lovely courtyards and stores etc. The people seem very friendly and were reminiscent...

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Feb 13, 2011 - Antigua & Lake Atitlan: Guatemala

ANTIGUA, SAN MARCOS & SAN PEDRO We arrived in Antigua on a Saturday afternoon after a great stay in Lanquin. After checking out a few hostels we decided on a hostel called “Jungle Party”. I suppose that we should have realised by the hostel’s name that the quiet Saturday night that we had in store, was not to be! After a noisy night of music and uncomfortable and noisy plastic covered mattresses we grabbed breakfast and set out to find a language school for the week ahead. Our decision to attend language school was based on the fact that we...

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Feb 5, 2011 - Antigua

We arrived in Antigua late afternoon on the 3rd, after an exhausting day of shuttle bus travel. We all checked into a 'party' hostel and met up with the first group of Australians we had met in Tulum and formed an awesome super group of 11. The hostel had a 'Russian party' that night so we all put on our paper Russian hats and had a party before heading out on the town where we found another Ladies night. We found a very strange bar that served everyone pop corn, had doors that were about 3 foot high (pictures will be on Facebook soon) and...

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Feb 2, 2011 - Antigua Guatemala

Our next port of call was Antigua – the old capital of Guatemala. Built under spanish colonial rule, it is a beautiful and graceful city, nothing like the current capital, Guatemala City, which we drove though on our journey here. This was a noisy, dirty, smelly, vast sprawl of urban development. We were happy to pass on through. Antigua is clean, bright, well laid out, and chock full of churches. Unfortunately the city suffered various earthquakes and volcano eruptions (it is close to three), and many of the original buildings have been...

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Ruddles' Travels

Oct 8, 2010 - Geogetown, Grand Caymans

The Ship Rocked and Rolled again last night and it was raining when we woke up this morning. We arrived at port in the Cayman Islands. Bob is feeling somewhat better. We waited until the rain stopped and then we took a Ship Tender from the Ship to the Island. it was a pretty exciting ride because the water was very choppy. They cancelled all the excursions that include water due to the weather. Bob and I walked around Georgetown for a while, enjoyed a cup of coffee and had another wavy ride back to the Ryndam. I laugh at all the little...

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Oct 7, 2010 - Sea Day

It's sunny but breezy. Last night the boat was really "rocking." There was thunder and lightening and wind. I hope no one got sea sick. Today is a Sea Day, so we can sit back and enjoy. Bob doesn't seem to be any worse than he was, but still not feeling great. I enjoyed the day doing a little sunning at the pool. It's hard to have exciting things to report because our days on board are just lazy and relaxing. After the pool, I went to a movie, then to the finals for Ship Karoke, then to a great Motown Trio, then to a Chocolate Extravaganza....

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Oct 6, 2010 - Aruba

Aruba is a very beautiful island with many beautiful beaches. Actually what makes their beaches so beautiful is the color of the water. The Caribbean Sea is turcoise. Bob and I went ashore and really enjoyed roaming the city streets. While we were sitting under a tree outside of a local Grocery Store, an Aruban woman walked by and said to me, "I like your hair." Lisa and girls, that's for you to see. It's a family joke. When we were in one of the shops, we asked one of the young Aruban girls who waited on us, where a good place for lunch...

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Oct 5, 2010 - Curacau

10/5/10 Tues Today we ported in Curacau. It’s a Dutch Island and part of the Netherlands. It is said that the first Governor got migraine headaches from looking at a lot of white, so he demanded that all the houses and stores be painted a color, so the whole city is colorful. Not colorful like the Caribbean, but like Holland. It’s a very pretty and unique place. It has a big bridge going over the Harbor that we are docked in that swings open when a boat wants through. There is a very high bridge for cars to drive over, but the swinging...

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Oct 4, 2010 - An Officer and a gentleman

10/4/10 Monday Today is another Sea Day. Those are my favorite. I had my hair color done at the Ships Salon, so I look temporarily beautiful. This afternoon, Bob and I went to a movie “Around the World With Celine Dion.” I enjoyed it more than Bob of course. When us 3 couples showed up for dinner (a formal night), we were told by our waiter, that we were chosen again to have dinner with an Officer. This is the second time that us three couples have had that honor together. I don’t know why they keep choosing us. I think it’s because we are...

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Oct 2, 2010 - Continuing the Tour

We rise early and go to another hotel for breakfast along the Rio Dulce. The River is huge and brown. Fishermen in handmade canoes are scattered about trying to get a catch. Some solo some with their families or friends. Their are mangroves all along the river. People here live in house on stilts to keep them off the water. Many look like they have no land. I am sure they must think of the vast river as their playground. We go to a place called the thermal waters. The smell is pungent, like hard boiled eggs, sulfur. Our guide Carlos goes...

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Oct 2, 2010 - Last Days

My last few days in Antigua. Guatemala. Antigua has two faces one when it is raining and one when it is not. People come out from everywhere, the streets get swept and everyone is busy but not in a hurry. I love Antigua on these days and can understand why people retire here, relaxed, colorful, culture, great cafes,super cheap and 7 months of dry weather.. When it is raining, the streets fill with water. When walking with an umbrella, you need to navigate the windows that jut from the buildings, tilt the umbrella away from the wall...

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Oct 2, 2010 - Our Song

10/2/10 Saturday This morning after our usual sleep-in, Bob participated in another Golf Challenge. He did very well. He didn’t win this one, but had fun trying. I went to a Hair Show today and made an appointment to have my color done on Monday. I’m writing things like this, mainly so I’ll remember them, not because I think any of you reading the journal are hanging on every word of our daily events. We’re at Sea today and we’re supposed to arrive in the first lock of the Panama Canal at 5 a.m. tomorrow. We’re looking forward to that....

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