Viva San Pedro !
May 23rd, 2012 , Wednesday’s Edition
Viva San Pedro
San Pedro, a Funky Little Town ! When I came to San Pedro for the first time, it was because a friend told me it was a great village, near a lake, with an amazing atmosphere... Ok. I chose to trust her and came here to enroll in a 4 week Spanish learning program at a local school. It was the first trip I made where I didn’t change location every three days. I wasn’t interested this time in visiting everything, I just wanted to relax somewhere, away from the job, the winter and the noises of the city.
After a month of this slow pace of life, I had to go back to the “real life” waiting for me in the big city. My job was still bad, the winter was even colder and life just seemed like an everlasting boring B-Movie... So, two weeks after I returned to Canada, I decided to make the big move, resign from my job, sell my house, my car and give away my furniture. 8 months after, I became a permanent resident of San Pedro. (Although it took me 3 years to get the official paperwork...)
Well, I was happy I trusted my friend, cause this funky little town was just what the doctor ordered. Spanish classes in the morning, reading and wandering around in the afternoon and going out at night. The perfect life.
I hope you will take the time to enjoy this place, don’t rush it, meet friends, become a part time “pedrano” and live a different travelling experience.
When I had my fill of sightseeing, I began to take siestas in the hotel hammock in the middle of the afternoon. This is when I learn that travelling was not always exhausting. You can actually relax, take it easy and recharge your batteries.
Visit our bars and restaurants. Enjoy the pool, rent a kayak, walk the small alleys, go to the market, visit the surroundings. Don’t spend all your time on Skype and Facebook. See it, don’t just read about it.
La PiscinaSan Pedro Bar & Restaurant Swimming pool Billiard Boccie balls
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Just hangin around... Okay, so if you’ve been to Belize, or Honduras, or El Salvador, or Costa... well basically any Central American country, then you’ve probably been on a zipline/canopy tour (unless you don’t like adventure, in which case stop reading now!), and probably think if you’ve been on one you’ve been on them all, well that’s where you’re wrong my friend! Perched above Lago Atitlan, about a 45 minute drive from San Pedro and just outside the lovely little town of Santa Clara, exists one of the most exciting adventures that you will have during your stay in San Pedro! Parque Chuiraxamolo which means in Mayan “the place where green fly rest”, was built around 7 years ago, and is a community run not-for-profit tourist attraction that maintains one of Central Americas highest and longest ziplines (400 m long by 200 m high) for 45 seconds of heart stopping amazement - not your typical shoelace
ziplines! The guides are friendly (though don’t expect them to speak English beyond - goooo!) and everything is run very professionally. Harnesses are checked and double checked, and most of the equipment looks almost brand new! Be sure to get there early for the clearest views of Lago Atitlan, or for a different kind of experience go for a sunrise or full moon zipline. And, for the most adventurous of you out there, be sure to ask for the superman experience! If ziplining’s not your thing, there are other activities to do such as camping, mountain biking, hiking up the indian nose, and even witnessing a traditional Mayan ceremony. Whenever friends are in town visiting, this is one of the first places we’ll take them. It is not to be missed!
Home Cooking, Homemade Pasta or Take Away Open from may 23rd to may 30th Closed may 31, june 1st to 4th Open june 5th to 9th 12:00 - 17:00
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Jenny’s Closet Slightly Used Clothes, Amazing Prices
Pub Quiz: Put Your Thinking Cap On One of the biggest nights in San Pedro is the El Barrio Pub Quiz. Every Wednesday (starting at 7pm) teams gather to show off their wits and compete for fame, fortune and fabulous prizes! Many teams play, but only one will be crowned as the El Barrio Pub Quiz Champion. There are prizes for first, second, third and last place. Prizes change weekly and can include adventure tours, meals, gift certificates and cash! Playing Pub Quiz is easy. Once contestants arrive at El Barrio, teams of up to four are formed. You can already have a team picked or, if you’re solo, you can make new friends and create a new team. The friendly El Barrio staff can help you find teammates – Just ask! Once the teams are formed, Quizmaster Karl puts on the official El Barrio Pub Quiz bathrobe to signal the start of the competition. Then the internet is cut. Cheating is not tolerated! The questions are wide-ranging. Everything from science to current events to Guatemala. But Pub Quiz isn’t easy – that’s why you’re on a team. You may not know the answer, but your teammate might. Or discussing the question might lead to the right answer. You may think that putting together the questions for Pub Quiz
is easy. Not so. Imagine writing 40 questions that are fair to people from all over the world. They can’t be too American or European or Australian. And not everyone speaks English as a first language. Above all, the questions can’t be too hard or too easy. But Quizmaster Karl and scholarly Trish have found a good balance ensuring that every team has the chance to be competitive. EL BARRIO PUB QUIZ TIPS • Keep up on current events. Make sure you glance at BBC, CNN or another news site in the days before Pub Quiz. • Have a diverse team with people from different parts of the world with different interests. An old person helps, too! • Be secretive! Don’t let other teams hear/see your answers. • Eat! A full tummy keeps the brain working. • Buy tequila shots for other teams. Not only is this a nice thing to do, you’ll get them drunk – and you might gain an advantage. However, keep in mind that they may do the same to you! So put on your thinking cap this Wednesday at El Barrio (between Mikaso and The Buddha). The fun starts at 7pm.
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Atitlan Portfolio : In the eyes of Doug One of the great things about travel is the chance to see new things. If you’re a photographer, it’s an opportunity to capture a whole
new world. Guatemala is no exception. I’ve been coming to San Pedro la Laguna for three years and if I have my camera with me, I never get bored. I’m originally from Vancouver, Canada, but in the last few years I’ve lived in Ghana, West Africa, San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico, Nova Scotia and San Pedro la Laguna. I make a living primarily through travel writing, creating websites and their content and freelance editing. I have a background in television production. They’re all creative pursuits, but my favorite is photography. My subject matter in Guatemala has changed over the years. In the beginning it was all about landscapes: volcanos, Lago Atitlan, etc. This year I’m forcing myself to step out of my comfort zone and start taking photos of people
– especially portraits. I’ve always found this kind of photography intimidating (you have to ask permission) and hard (people tend to pose). But I find this kind of photography the most rewarding. During my third extended stay I want to shoot portraits of all the people who are in my San Pedro life. The project is underway and you can see some of the images on these pages. Another thing that I do to keep things interesting is post a “Photo of the Day” – you can see them at www.roadspill.org. Trying to have one image that is “Photo of the Day” worthy is tough – but it is another way of encouraging me to shoot on a daily basis and to think about what I shoot. I should note that the photos you see here are not all taken with an fancy DSLR. They’re a mix of images taken with an iPod Touch, small pointand-shoot, and yes, a fancy DSLR. Always remember: the camera isn’t what takes a good photo – it’s you. Now get that camera out and start shooting!
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May 25th, Rising Minds Punk Night at Barrio ! Come to Friday PUNK night at El Barrio to support Rising Minds’ Nursery and say “adios” to one of Rising Minds’ best volunteers– Charlie: In rural Guatemala malnutrition is a significant threat to public health, especially to children. According to the World Health Organization, ‘approximately 49% of children under 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition (68% among indigenous children), and 30% of pregnant women have nutritional deficits.’ Public health is not high in the list of priorities for the Guatemalan government. Currently the Guatemalan government only spends 1% of its GDP on public health initiatives, which is one of the lowest amounts in the Americas.
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Rising Minds is working to confront this issue in simple and sustainable ways through establishing Community Gardens and Seed Projects along with our
local partners. Through these programs, Rising Minds will provide seeds, technical advice, and nutritional trainings about the importance of eating a rounded-diet, rich in fruits and vegetables. We are currently in the process of developing a nursery here in San Pedro where we can save seeds and start young fruit trees to support these growing programs aimed to lessen the startling statistics surrounding malnourishment. Please help us fundraise for this project by coming out for a raucous good time at PUNK NIGHT! at El Barrio this Friday night (5.25). So spike your hair, don your leather, and come dance the night away. Not only are you guaranteed to have a great time, but you’ll also be supporting a good cause by supporting Rising Minds’ efforts to tackle malnutrition issues in the villages around Lake Atitlan.
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A Paradise for Cheese Fans ! When I first came to Lake Atitlan, one of the things I was missing was cheese. Good cheese was only available in Panajachel, so each time I went there on a shopping trip, I came back with smoked Gouda, Camembert and other fine cheeses depending on availability. A couple of years after, the “tiendas” in San Pedro began to carry cheeses made in Xela. Not bad at all. But now, when you’re in the mood for cheese, there is a magical place in San Juan for it. El Artesano. When you go there, be prepared to enter cheese paradise. You can get a cheese plate, with about a dozen different strong and tasty cheeses. Always the Blue cheese, the goat
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cheese and the french cheese aged to perfection. There is even one that is washed with beer. A great selection of wine and affordable prices makes this place very special. El Artesano is only open week days, from 11:30 to 8 pm (closed at 4 pm on Friday) You normally don’t have to reserve, but just in case, here’s the phone number to make sure they are open when you decide to go: 4555-4773. You also have to call in advance if you want pizza, only available on Thursdays. Bon appetit !
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