Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Guava Gardens vs Hotel El Amigo

What is the difference between living in my apartment at Guava Gardens, and my hotel room at Hotel El Amigo?

Well, for one thing, Guava Gardens is in the United States. Hotel El Amigo is in Guatemala.

Another difference, is rent. Guava Gardens costs $725/month. Hotel El Amigo costs $208/month.

Guava Gardens has a bathroom with a shower/bath tub. In the livingroom I have a LaZboy recliner. A heater/air conditioner. On the balcony, I have gorgeous blooming Impatien flowers of many colors. I have a full kitchen. Mariner, my electric bike is there.

Hotel El Amigo has a shower only, no bath tub. There is no living room. No heater/air conditioner. I have a balcony which could have gorgeous flowers of many colors. I could use the hotel's kitchen on the 1st floor. I don't need a bike because everything in Panajachel is within walking distance.

Guava Gardens has Kaiser Permanente [my health care provider] nearby.

Bottom line
So, if I wanted to make a choice, which would I choose? Guava Gardens or Hotel El Amigo?

Guava Gardens! No doubt about it. Even if I owned a little home here in the Town of Panajachel, I would still choose Guava Gardens! For me, the City of La Mesa in California is the best!

PS: However, the Town of Panajachel in Guatemala is a nice place to visit though! And Hotel El Amigo is a great place to stay during a visit!


Guajimbo's
12 Noon - This restaurant is a tourist hangout. That was clear from viewing the customers eating here. Tourists are comfortable in a certain atmosphere. And Guajimbo's definitely has it.

I ordered Pescado Tilapia al Ajo [filet of fish with garlic]. The meal arrived with boiled potatoes, sauteed carrots and squash, garlic bread. 70Q [$9.10US]

The fish was good!

Tourists at Guajimbo's

Girl nut seller
Across the street from my table at Guajimbo's, was the same girl nut seller that yesterday gave me a price of 10Q for 1 oz salted unshelled peanuts. This was a gigantic over charge! [$20.80US/Lb]

She knew that I recognized her. And she hid behind a wood wall. Probably embarrassed. Every time I tried to take her pic, she would duck out of sight again.

The pic is not sharp because I had to zoom in from my table at Guajimbo's.

High priced girl nut seller

Sunset Cafe
3pm - I walked down close to Lake Atitlan and found Sunset Cafe. Inside was a pleasant palm shaded setting. Would be silent at this hour, except for the music.

I took a small table and ordered a Coca Cola with a glass of ice. Off in the distance is an active volcano. Steam constantly rising.


28 comments:

  1. I agree George, there is no place like home. I love to travel but it's always nice to get home and sleep in my own bed. I have a small 900 sq. foot bungalow and fits me perfect...has a huge back yard for my pups.

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    1. Hi Rita,
      I wrote this comparison blog post because it was on my mind. However, I'm not yearning to return to Guava Gardens.

      Your description of your bungalow sounds really nice. In Guava Gardens I am not allowed a pet as you do.

      George

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  2. Humm....sounds like someone is getting a little homesick....

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    1. Hi John,
      You just want your golfing buddy back!

      George

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  3. Hi George, Not sure if they are available, but why not buy a little space heater for your hotel room. Enjoy its warmth while you are there - then when you leave you could Gift it to the young fruit seller girl and her family.

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  4. I wonder if you have access to the electricity you would need for a space heater. At our age, being near good health care is a priority. Meanwhile, enjoy your day, George.

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  5. Searched Guava Gardens, La Mesa, CA on google maps. Nice street view pic and two reviews, the first of which was written by my/our favorite author.

    Then searched El Amigo, also finding several nice photos and reviews.

    Inspiration, George; thanks for packing enough for us all!

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  6. I agree on healthcare. However, almost every country has good private medical such as bypass, transplant, etc. Guatemala is one of them and it's much cheaper than in the U.S. Problem is, you have to pay the bill.

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  7. No place like home and it's exhilarating to travel!

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    1. Hi Sheila,
      I agree completely with both your points:
      1. No place like home
      2. It's exhilarating to travel !

      I am in Guatemala at this time, precisely because my physical condition is close to the tipping point. Although I am only in my 79th year, I sense that sometime soon I will no longer be able to do a trip like this.

      George


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