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Antigua, Guatemala

(Early-2018, 3 MONTHS)

 

  • Private Spanish lessons for $5 and private salsa lessons for $13 (I recommend Salsa Con Gloria or Salsa y Stylo for Salsa and Maxima Nivel or my private tutor Anna Silvia at +502.4257.0769)
  • The cellular data is unbelievably slow (this is true for the entire country) and sometimes does not work
  • Tons of black crap comes out of the exhaust of every chicken bus and many cars/mopeds, unfortunately. You can smell it sometimes.
  • The weather is unbelievably consistent. Sunrise around 6; usually sunny with a bit of clouds; hot from 11–4pm; cold in the mornings and at night; never rains.
  • Super small town about 15 minutes from the capital, the main portion is about 7x7 blocks
  • On Saturdays, the town fills up from residents from the capital
  • Even though this is a touristy city, there are still many locals. Many expensive restaurants, but also many cheap alternatives
  • Zero traffic lights
  • Many street dogs, but they all seem nice. Can’t remembering hearing one bark even.
  • The roads are so bump and uneven that no one drives more than 15mph
  • hahaha in spanish is jajaja (useful for your texting)
  • I visited Lake Atitlan, it's full of hippies, was ok as a short vacation
  • El Paredon was cool, but hard as hell to get to because no paved roads

I also visited Lake Atitlán, Guatemala City, and El Paredon.

Basic Communication Phrases

Hello - Hola

Goodbye - Adios

Thank you (very much) - (Muchas) gracias

How are you? - Como estas?

How much? - Cuanto cuesta?

Good morning/afternoon/evening? - Buenos dias/tardes/noche

Yes - Sí

No - No

Right - Derecha

Left - Izquierda

Straight - Directo

Stop - Para

Known For: Tikal
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CITY IMPRESSIONS

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I choose the items below as they’re generally available everywhere. Thus, easy for comparison. The prices reflect the cheapest option given my standard. In any estination you can find slightly cheaper prices if you wanted to sacrifice convenience (ie going to local market or out-of-town grocery store).
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  • Airbnb Nightly Rate
  • Coworking Day Pass
  • 1-Hour Massage
  • 1-Month Gym
  • Beard Trim
  • 16.9oz Water
  • 2KG Wash+Fold
  • Americano (small)
  • Expresso
  • Salmon
  • Tenderloin
  • Chicken Breast
  • Almonds
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Broccoli
  • Carrot
  • Cucumber
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple
  • Watermelon
  • Red Wine
GUATEMALAN QUETZAL (GTQ)
  • 70
  • cw
  • mass
  • gym
  • beard
  • water
  • wash/KG
  • ameri
  • espr
  • salm/KG
  • tend/KG
  • chix/KG
  • alm/KG
  • asp/KG
  • avo/KG
  • bana/KG
  • broc/KG
  • carr/KG
  • cuc/KG
  • kiwi/KG
  • pine/KG
  • melon/KG
  • wine
US DOLLARS ($)
  • 9
  • co63
  • mass63
  • gym63
  • beard63
  • wate63
  • was63/LB
  • amer63 – 63
  • esp63 – 63
  • sal63 – 63/LB
  • ten63 – 63/LB
  • chi63 – 63/LB
  • alm63 – 63/LB
  • asp63 – 63/LB
  • avo63 – 63/LB
  • ban63 – 63/LB
  • bro63 – 63/LB
  • car63 – 63/LB
  • cuc63 – 63/LB
  • ki63 – 63/LB
  • pin63 – 63/LB
  • mell63 – 63/LB
  • wine63
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