Yep, I’m home. Landed yesterday at about midday, almost fell asleep on the tube and got to the flat at about 3pm. Did boring things to stay awake, unpacking, washing, uploading my pictures which took forever. Not on Flickr yet though, I’ll tackle that some other time. I also had many, many cups of tea. I love tea, did I mention that? I have missed it. I may have more shortly.
The last couple of days away were spent on a bus from Antigua through Guatemala City on to El Salvador. We got a comfy coach, which was wise as it took ages and we were at the border forever. It was weird to be in such big cities after where we’d been. Advertisements everywhere, McDonalds, Burger King, Subway at your fingertips. I missed the relative quiet of the highlands. But I did eat Subway. I was starving, what can I say? We got to San Salvador fairly late on Thursday evening, and the hostel we had tried to book in advance was full. As we ummed and ahhed about what to do, the owner picked up our bags and put them in her boot. Then she kindly took us to her friend’s hotel down the road. It was by far the nicest place we have stayed on the whole trip. It had air conditioning! Not that we actually needed it as it got fairly cold in the night. It did not however have hot water. Sigh.
And then Friday was travelling. Boring. I managed to get a bit of sleep on the main flight, but not a lot and felt like death. Then last night I couldn’t sleep. I must have gone through the barrier, d’oh! I didn’t wake up til gone midday. Thank goodness it’s a bank holiday weekend. I could not face work tomorrow.
Anyway, in the place of endless photos I give you this, my terrible I-should-never-be-a-cameraman video of my trip. It’s not quite seven minutes long, some of it is sideways, the sound quality is fairly dreadful at times, and it’s possibly very boring, but it gives you a glimpse of what I did.
It starts on one of the many chicken buses. It’s bumpy so you can’t hear my delightful commentary, so sorry about that. You do get the lovely view at least. Then it’s us at Tikal, and me getting very excited about that fact I can hear monkeys. Dave then tells me off for ruining his own videos with my stupid accent. Charming. The trees bit is me attempting and failing to show you a monkey. Then it’s the sunrise over the ruins, so peaceful – until I cut to all the people trampling through my shot. There were way too many of us but they don’t let you in unless you’re on a tour. Then some animal I don’t know the name of. This is what the stupid girl was feeding cookies to. More attempts at monkeys which I think you can actually make out, because they move, not because I got any better with my filming. The next bit is on a very bumpy bus, not sure if I captured just how bumpy. The fact that Dave looks like he’s asleep doesn’t help, but it was mad I swear! It also played the same 15 seconds of musical interlude on repeat to the point of psychological warfare. Finally it’s a festival in the hills of Lanquin (I think, I am terrible at keeping track of it all). I have no idea what it was for or what they were doing, but it looked pretty.
Now maybe I’ll have lunch. My body has no idea what’s going on.