Antigua church tour, and more changing plans

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The Ruins of the Cloister San Jeronimo.

Hello all,
Today I am still feeling a bit sick.  I've got a sore throat, and my nose just will not stop running.  I stopped at a local pharmacia to get some cold tablets and Vitamin C.  I am going through lots of the Casa Cristina toilet paper trying to stem the nasal flow, and I do have that disconnected stuffy head feeling.

I changed rooms early in the day.  I had decided to stay an extra day, and Cristina had promised my room to another patron already.  I then went out to meet Kim to do a 'church tour' in the city.  Very strange that my legs and thighs were really hurting walking around town.  This was a full day plus after climbing Pacaya, and I had felt fine yesterday.  I started to lean away from cold, and towards flu, as I figured it was a whole body-aching kind of thing.

The biggest ruin I visited in Antigua. Convento La Recoleccion's front entrance.

The church tour was a great idea.  Antigua certainly has a great history of fabulous buildings to boast of.  Some are restored, and some have been left in ruins.  The ruins themselves are very impressive.  Earthquakes are very commmon in this part of the country, and after a couple attempts at reconstruction a few sights have been left in rubble and ruins.

The rain continued again today, but it was pretty much a light rain for most of the day so it didn't divert us from our task.  I am writing this without the benefit of my notes from the church tour, but I will include some names when I post the pictures later.

Today I booked a few more things that are changing my schedule up even more.  First I booked a shuttle to Panajachel, Guatemala for tomorrow.

Inside the church ruins of Convento La Recoleccion.
  It is scheduled to pick me up at the hotel at 2pm tomorrow, and then I will spend a few days there.

The biggest news is that I've booked a 4 day/3 nights tour on a 46' catamaran.  The Las Sirenas departs Friday from Rio Dulce near the Caribbean coast, and will spend the time touring Lago Izabal, El Golfete, and the Livingston area.  I have always wanted to try a sailboat tour, but was always a bit nervous about the possibility of getting seasick.  This should be a good test, because we will be almost entirely on inland lakes and rivers.  I am worried about heading back into the hot part of Central America without any air conditioning, and without internet access.  I'm not even sure about electricity for that matter.

So, I am faced with a big pile of unknowns heading into the last week of my trip.  Maybe it wasn't the best idea to do this so late in the trip when my tolerences for comfort are getting more particular.

We shall see.

Later, Phil

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