wrapping up gifts

San Pedro La Laguna Travel Blog

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taking in la musica con alex "the face" kenemer and kellyday.

During my friend becky’s birthday party on Monday, after mary jane made her appearance - somewhere between jello shots and a funkified dance-a-thon, I dipped out onto d’noz terrace to scribble the following on a bar napkin...

there are times when you are traveling, when you just land in the exact right spot on the planet at the exact right point in the time continuum, and you are privy to a massive explosion of good energy. and the people that you're standing in the wake of that explosion with get instantly and irrevocably tucked into your 'family' file. you break bread in eclectic, globe spanning gruops of 'touched' people with interesting yarns to weave and a judge not vibe. the kind of bond that's formed is on par with sharing a really juicy secret. this, here, now, is one of those times. thank you, travel gods, for the gift of san pedro. i feel so privileged to tuck this magical place into my 'home' file.

shiny happy people

And last night, after having said my “final” goodbyes to all of the super-duper people I’ve met during the last month, I took a break from packing to write the following…

Am sitting in my awesome, cushy  hammock on the eve of my departure from san pedro la laguna.  So bittersweet.  The little , very special family that I was so fortunate to fall into are all flying the coop, one by one.  Transient lives breed many tearful goodbyes.  It’s a trade off I’m ok with.  The last week and a half has been filled with benefit concerts, ridiculously good food, birthdays, intimate personal histories, sendoff parties, kayaking, arts and crafts sessions, thermal hot baths… its been like one, long marathon hang out.

 

I want to go into great detail about the establishments I have called my ‘haunts’ for the last month, but instead, I’ll just tout the pueblo of san pedro la laguna as a whole…its small enough that should you visit, you will discover the peace of sipping a pineapple liquado on d’noz  terrace on a sunny morning, the comfort of Buddha bar’s second floor on a rainy afternoon, the debaucherous craic over a beer at the clover, a spontaneous dance party at el barrio, the thigh-sized breakfast burrito at jarachik, the spot on vodka sauce at fata morgana, the thailand-like ambiance of zoola,    the warm greetings at maria’s tienda and the relentless but endearing pleas to buy banana bread from baskets that rest atop the heads of squat little local ladies.  And if you’re really lucky, you’ll stumble upon the perfectly roasted (and dirt cheap) chicken at pollo pedrito across from the Mercado or you’ll venture into san juan to indulge in wine and cheese good enough to compete with a fine manhattan eatery at 1/10 of the price.

And now, as I should be halfway to lanquin on a shuttle bus, I find myself curled up in a hammock at zoola, having arisen one hour later than the departure time of my shuttle.  I was so, so pissed off at myself this morning, knowing I had already made my peace with leaving, knowing I would have to pay 50% more on my ticket to depart tomorrow, knowing I would have to do the walk of shame thru town this afternoon.  But now, well fed and coffee’d up, I realize that if having to spend an extra day in one of the most incredible places I have ever visited is the worst of my problems, I have no right to complain.
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taking in la musica con alex the …
taking in la musica con alex "the…
shiny happy people
shiny happy people
jen sandwich
jen sandwich
the view from the indians nose
the view from the indian's nose
san pedro from up in the clouds
san pedro from up in the clouds
lago atitlan
lago atitlan
me and francisco, my awesome spani…
me and francisco, my awesome span…
moto shot
moto shot
my mercado painting
my mercado painting
smiley kellyday
smiley kellyday
jay, thenassis and isobel rippin i…
jay, thenassis and isobel rippin …
a late night butchering of jane s…
a late night butchering of 'jane …
and then came allistair...
and then came allistair...
and then off came allistairs shir…
and then off came allistair's shi…
el volcan
el volcan
cutest couple EVER
cutest couple EVER
revenge of the nerd...
revenge of the nerd...
hi-ho-hi-ho its off to wine and ch…
hi-ho-hi-ho its off to wine and c…
a photo shoot... of a purse???
a photo shoot... of a purse???
blondies
blondies
children of the corn
children of the corn
justins last sha-bang...
justin's last sha-bang...
queso, NOW, por favor...
queso, NOW, por favor...
my lovely isobel!
my lovely isobel!
a few of the acoutrements...
a few of the acoutrements...
goat, feta, pecorino, bleu, chedda…
goat, feta, pecorino, bleu, chedd…
plato numero uno
plato numero uno
plato umero dos
plato umero dos
this?  really?  in guatemala?
this? really? in guatemala?
eat your heart out, murrays
eat your heart out, murray's
the vino is a flowin...
the vino is a flowin...
justin: oooooohhhhhh.  breeeeaaad…
justin: "oooooohhhhhh. breeeeaaa…
pass the capers, por favor
pass the capers, por favor
vivi doin the grind
vivi doin the grind
again.  really?
again. really?
a well fed bunch
a well fed bunch
he wishes he was part of our queso…
he wishes he was part of our ques…
waiting for the collectiva...
waiting for the collectiva...
oops, sideways...
oops, sideways...
our posse rolls back into town
our posse rolls back into town
what now, kids???
what now, kids???
the product of arts and crafts tim…
the product of arts and crafts ti…
best avocado EVER
best avocado EVER
miguel con fuego
miguel con fuego
trippy...
trippy...
the crew at the teepee house
the crew at the teepee house
happy b-day a!
happy b-day a!
some aid arrives on the pana dock
some aid arrives on the pana dock
the charming cobblestone streets o…
the charming cobblestone streets …
mi pollo favorito
mi pollo favorito
just one of the pretty little crev…
just one of the pretty little cre…
kelly in front of the wall of dirt…
kelly in front of the wall of dir…
my gal, negra
my gal, negra
hot tubbin it...
hot tubbin it...
los thermales was certainly a good…
los thermales was certainly a goo…
ahhh...love!
ahhh...love!
yummy combo platter at zoola: thre…
yummy combo platter at zoola: thr…
too cool for school...
too cool for school...