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halloween, guatemalan-style, is slowly creeping its way here…yes, the Posado Don Carlos has their decorations up and as of yesterday, the Casbah on 5t here in Antigua had posters up…

what? no guns or drugs?

what? no guns or drugs?

somehow, it won’t feel the same without guns or drugs on Halloween…to hell with the gorras, whatever those are and if I can’t wear my sombrero, I ain’t goin’ anyway…

the latest TACA uniform has me thinking of flying them soon…maybe on the return leg from El Salvador…

definitely first class

definitely first class

and last and perhaps least…you know that I’ve been swilling California wine for decades/eras/eons…the move to Guatemala last year has had its moments and getting used to the lack of my favorite Sonoma/Napa vintages has been trying…yes, I’ve found a few bottles here and there, but they’re usually ‘corked’  or somehow affected by the move/shipping. The transition to Argentinian and Chilean brands has been one of constant trial and error, sipping and spitting, daring and swearing, like the Mondavi Cab I paid $50 for and threw out…however, those days are behind me…

The last two bottles in town, at least until Thursday

The last two bottles in town, at least until Thursday

 Ho Ho Honduras…Mel, you cowboy…hanging out in the Brazilian embassy and issuing ultimatums..as if anyone outside your circle of bums is listening…last week, he said things were to be settled by Monday(and this is Sunday)….stamp your cowboy boots, tweak the Joe Stalin mustache and go back to Nicaragua….or Venezuela and supervise the loading and transport of the marching powder flights into Honduras..get something done: you’re losing market share and credibility…dude.

 

 

 

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Tis cool, gray and misty, kind of like being back in Sausalito or San Francisco, even though I’m wearing shorts and the windows are open…

Over the weekend, the municipality hosed down/scrubbed/sucked up debris on the streets around the park…by Sunday morning, someone had left a large oil spill and a brown trail from the Condesa to the corner and beyond: it was too good to last…The Salty Beaver Lodge on the coast is proceeding forward and I look forward to visiting…anything with a name like that has gotta have some humor going…speaking of such…

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No, I’m not endorsing any products…from time to time, I’ve asked the question…’why aren’t there any sex shops in this country?’….I’ve answered my own question…this is why not..

Maximon’s birthday celebration occurs in a couple of weeks(I”ve been invited by ‘she of the infectious laugh)so I’m a readin’ whatever I can find and it ain’t much…just bring extra cigarettes and Red Label scotch and go with it…off to El Salvador after the first of November via bad bus(memo to self…meds&rum)…maybe TACA will have a special on the return leg…

Take-A-Chance Air

Take-A-Chance Air

Window or aisle? 

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Finally, after a few false starts I made it to Rio Dulce on the Caribbean side of Guatemala…’stayed at the venerable Bruno’s, in the shadow of the bridge and didn’t get much further. The best laid plans of mice and men, etc…the food? fairly decent, but considering that Bruno’s is Ground Zero for the indigent cast of castaway gringos in the vicinity, that would explain the cuisine. The plan for sampling the new mexican restaurant likewise was scuttled…take the water taxi, was the suggestion..

nice tacos

nice tacos

 

the driver had some mechanical issues with his truck and a schedule to meet….so we beat it the next day and stopped at Quirigua…a Mayan center I’d read of….damned xlnt place, hot and humid and not enough time to properly see it all…for fuller details, go to www.examiner.com/x-22480-central-america-travel-examiner       Rio Dulce is up and I’m cogitating on the Quirigua piece…there’s too much detail/history to cram into a 500 word max article

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