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Passing and Time.

One penalty for surviving is that one must watch and sometimes share in others not surviving. I have had several friends that 'knew their time was coming'. The courage of Patrick and the the recent very human drama of John and Cheryl have been enriching in a gut wrenching way. Friends from Birmingham and from 30 years ago in LA will recognize the names.
The volcano south of town as seen on the walk to the gym. Not cold at all, even though it looks it in this foto.



While I likely have another 15 or 20 years of more vigorous living left, you never really know. I probably should make this ride count. I'm thinking the Andes are second only to the Himalayas and the roads are better....
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Hanging out in Antigua

I got a haircut for q20 ($2.60us) and this woman fondled my face....took her time....never happened before....

These guys took a couple of extra days and did a substandard job on the kawa seat. Been planing to recover it since Birmingham. $20us

The hubb of activity is the park in the center of town. It is well used by locals, touristas and the church. Center of the park is a fountain with a scowling mermaid.....that defies.... something.
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The faiths

I went running to see what the comotion was about and found this progression on a back street entering one of eight local Catholic churches


I was bemused at this blending of old and not very regal, noisy new.


One suspects that these guys will take some of the 'maybe manana' right out of the culture and try to bring about some strident changes
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A real race track!!! About 20 miles away!!!!

From the scoring tower, at start/finish line, at mid track...


Looking to the right at the first half


Looking to the left at the second half...They went counter clockwise this day.

Arrogant little ***** of tomorrow...
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A couple of the haunts

Walking in the front door of a favored restaurant


A little father in... Breakfast q15 and lunch q20 ($1.95 &$2.60us)


From inside the gym...


My spanish teacher, Jenri (henery) and a $3.00 lunch. He is a much better teacher than I am a student...
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Another big ride...

The Volcano Pacaya , just south of Antigua, from about 70 kilos (42miles) away, on the Pacific

Disrepair in the harbor


a room for q100 ($13us) and...


a sandy trail to the water.
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Multi-tasking....

This charming young woman was nursing her baby as she aggressively sold me a couple of t-shirts. Has four kids and one suspects another four on the way. Refused a picture until I agreed to pay q10 ($1.30). Still did not like it...

This woman also refused me a picture until her friend huranged the price up over $2.00. She did not like it much either.


This woman,from Japan, has made eight trips to China to see friends, rode the train across Russia with a couple of friends, toured the USA ...was traveling alone...
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Guatemala City with Alex


Downtown... Famous landmark...


Never seen quite this before


Alex found a friend....Turns out their march was about aids awareness.


These two did not want their picture taken either, until I told them, in spanish, how pretty they were.
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Antigua sport bikes in spanish

This guy cooked to order for a dozen hungry bikers standing in line and did an great job. Pricey but great.

On the south side of Antigua at Joe's


The guy on the right had breakfast with me and found me interesting until I said nice things about Mexico....


A vintage 'deek' is part of the permanant decor


Attire was mostly roadrace/sport bike leather but for this guy that went geto sheek
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Great report once again.

Are you sure those"girls" are girls?Still its all interesting to me.
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Around town...

This father and two sons came cruising by the park in the center of town riding newish, high tech trails bikes. Nice outing, no issues.

Occasionally, among the peasant rides, you can spot the ohh, so charming goose ....


...and the delightful duck.


During the war, everyone on a two wheeler was required to have their registration numbers on their helmet or on a vest, to better id them. Assassins would ride passenger and apparently, they were hard to catch on their little 125's. Kinda gives the whole 'bad boys on bikes' a different ring ....
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Interesting bit of history.

Great photo's as always.
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The venders got set up for the big....


Burn the Devil event...


that had to be done before the Virgin appeared the next day.


Seems that this is a pagan 'city cleansing' that was adopted by the Catholic church and serves most everybody very well.
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The Devil gets burnt, apparently.

Massive event...


Selling battery powered horns...


I have no idea. They are at the park, center of town and in front of the main church.
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Some locals

Several woman at the public laundry, a few blocks from the central city park


Water is scooped up from the main reservoir and clothes are scrubbed in the individual sinks. The water drains back to the main supply. Built in 1650(?)


rare...


not so much
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