Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Guys talking

10am - In the pic below, are a bunch of guys talking. These guys gather here at Cafe Kitsch every morning at about 9:30am.

It's sort of a challenge for me to engage in the conversations. There are always a couple of the men talking. And my hearing gets messed up a bit, when there are competing sounds for my ears.

In a question to Andy Graham [http://www.hobotraveler.com/], I asked if there are morning conversations like this in most other countries where he traveled. I'm not sure if Andy gave me an answer or not. I am reluctant to ask Andy, "Huh? What did you say?"

A bunch of guys talking


Santa Caterina
11:30am - Andy told me, "I'm going  to Santa Caterina to look for Jamaica Flowers." I asked him, "Do you want company?"

We decided to go to Santa Caterina on a Tuk Tuk. And return on the pick-up truck transport.

Santa Catarina is the next village over from Panajachel [going clockwise]. Most of the street sellers in Pana live in Santa Catarina. It's a small village. Andy and I walked from one end to the other in about 15 minutes.

Fare on a Tuk Tuk is 50 Quetzales. Via truck, 3 Quetzales. [1Q=0.135US]

We did not find any Jamaica flowers in Santa Caterina!

Jamaica or Hibiscus flower

Hibiscus at Hotel El Amigo!
1:30pm - As I was entering Hotel El Amigo, I was sooooo surprised to see a large Hibiscus plant, loaded with flowers, growing in the hotel's front yard.

Jamaica or Hibiscus 
[View from my 2nd floor room balcony] 


29 comments:

  1. Hay George,

    I just finished reading all your posts!!!!! What a journey you have had. Thank you so much for documenting it for us.

    And your not even done!

    -Greg

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    1. Hi Greg,

      Yes! I agree! My RVing life was a remarkable journey. Just a fantastic time in my life.

      I was very lucky to have found many wonderful adventures simply by wandering around! :)

      George

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  2. I feel like I have just complete my Masters Degree in Extreme Stealth Urban Boondocking !!!!! after reading all your posts.

    I am working on a set of maps of boondocking spots and I've added yours. I will post a link soon. I have to organize it a bit now that your sites are added.

    -Greg

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  3. George,love the dog joining the conversation!

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    1. Hi Canti,

      Perhaps the dog is just a hopeful beggar?

      George

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  4. I had a small restaurant in Ontario Canada for 10 years and every morning a half dozen or so guys came it to gather round and talk for a couple hours and even in most campgrounds the same as well.

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  5. There was a group of "old timers " who met every morning at the town
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  6. George, I am constantly looking for this type of morning breakfast conversation. What is special is the never-ending new members to the group here in Pana. There are coffee clics everywhere, but are the same people every day. I have this in my home town of Orland, Indiana at Chubbies Restaurant. Most people never stop being tourists, even when they live in a place for 2-3 years, everyday they search for new tourist attractions. I am not searching for tourist attractions, the core people of this group are not searching for tourist attractions, but the new have a list of new things they did each day. Finding these groups are easier when the city is small, less than 20,000, and I do not call drinking groups the same. Overall, the people of the planet appear to be having some form of intimate relationship with their smartphones, and not people.

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