Remember yesterday when I wrote that the shuttle fare was only $1.95US? Well, that was not quite right. Apparently I did not understand that a "$" sign in front of an amount indicates priced in US dollars. Not the Guatemala Quetzal. So, my fare, door-to-door is $16.05US. Actually, not a bad price for an hour trip!
Hostel La Quinta
1pm - I am right now in my room. This is the tiniest hotel room that I have ever experienced. I am able to touch the opposite walls with my fingers!
But really, who needs more space than this? The Birdman of Alcatraz had a room this size [But he did not have the key to the door].
I will learn tonite how this hostel type accommodation is for sleeping.
Lost in Antigua!
2pm - My decision was to wander around Antigua, just for a look-see. Not looking for an adventure. In fact, adventure did not even cross my mind.
However, sometimes when I least expect it, adventure comes looking for me! I'd been walking for a couple of hours when I decided to turn back to Hostel La Quinta. That was when I realized that I had no idea where I was right now! Not only that, but I was not able to remember the name of my hotel. God! I hate it when my memory conks out!
Remarkably, I did recall the address. So, I asked a gentleman working in a store which way is "3a Calle Poniente"? He pointed in a direction, and I walked away toward where he pointed.
After I had gone several blocks, I asked another person the same question. I was very surprised when this person pointed in the direction from which I came! I just stood there feeling stunned. I was lost in Antigua!
Note: It is now 7pm, and I've just returned from McDonald's [of all places!]. I ate a McChicken sandwich.
Lost in Antigua! [Continued]
4pm - By this time I had walked 4,400 steps and two miles [according to Pedometer++]. I was hot, sweaty and a little tired. But I kept walking, following directions for another 1/2 hour. Then I hailed a TukTuk Taxi.
The taxi drove to "3a Calle Poniente." But my hotel was not there. Actually, I found out later that the correct hotel address is "5a Calle Poniente."
The TukTuk drove away, and I was left standing on the sidewalk. That's when I recalled that my iPhone had info about my hotel! When I showed people I met my iPhone, they gave me instructions where to go. Again I got conflicting directions from nearly everyone.
Around 5:30pm, there it was in front of me. Hostal La Quinta, 5a Calle Poniente!
By the end of my day, when I would go walking no more, the Pedometer++ read:
9,154 steps, 3.8 miles
Note: This Pedometer++ distance is my personal best.