And then, suddenly she was there! We both smiled big time at each other. We hugged, and entered the walled area where Mary-Pat's casita is located. As we walked thru the yard, Mary-Pat's large poodle dog was jumping around trying to make nice on me. I love dogs, and Lacy is a sweetheart!
Mary-Pat's casita is two rooms large. A kitchen/living room and bedroom. Off the bedroom is the bathroom and a walk-in closet. It is clear to me that Mary-Pat is having a wonderful time decorating her lovely casita. And she is doing that decorating spectacularly well.
Also invited for supper at Mary-Pat's is her cousin Linda and friend Mary Mullen (from Ireland). I love to listen to Mary's accent as she talks! Linda and Mary both serve with the Peace Corp taking care of babies and children born with health problems.
Supper was gourmet! Mary-Pat is a great cook.
Later, as I was walking back to my hotel, I realized that I'd forgotten to take pics! Darn! But I promised Mary-Pat a return visit next month. I'll take pics then.
This morning at 8am, the minibus shuttle that I reserved will arrive at my hotel to take me to the Town of Panajachel on the shore of Lake Atitlan. I will be staying in one of two hotels that I learned about from Andy Graham [HoboTravler.com]. I don't have hotel reservations, but am confident that I'll get a room.
My plan is to remain in the Town of Panajachel for about five weeks. As I have mentioned to you before, this is not a tourist type visit. I am not a tourist. I am simply living here. The same as I would be doing if I had remained in my home at Guava Gardens, La Mesa, California. With one fantastic difference!
I am here in Guatemala and not in the United States!
The bus reservation
8am - Marie from the front desk of my hotel walked over to me where I was waiting in the lobby. "The minibus will not be leaving until 12:30pm", Marie informed me.
"But I have a reservation at 8am", I replied.
There was nothing to be done! So, now I am waiting here at the hotel until 12:30pm for my 8am bus to go to the Town of Panajachel.
This scenario kinda reminds me of a Seinfeld episode titled:
"The Car Reservation" [link]
Click the link above. It's a good Seinfeld story!
Hotel El Amigo
4pm - I'm checked in to Hotel El Amigo. First I tried Hotel Posada Don Carlos where I stayed the last time I was in Panajachel. No rooms!
So, I walked across the tiny street [alley] to Hotel El Amigo. There are rooms available here.
I made arrangements to remain at Hotel El Amigo until March 8th.
- The rental for (31) days is 1,600 Quetzals
- That comes to 51.61Q/nite
- In dollars $6.71US/nite
There is a queen size bed in my room with a very nice firm mattress. Two pillows [I always use 2 pillows]. Do you see the balcony in the pic?
The shower head makes hot water! Wow! TV.
I tuned into Hotel El Amigo's WiFi. It's great.
The hotel is located on a very small dead-end street. So there will be hardly any traffic to disturb me.
My room at Hotel El Amigo
PS: Andy Graham [HoboTraveler.com] is staying here too!
Ricassoli Pizza & Steak House
6pm - I've walked down a street called, "Calle Santander" and came across "Ricassoli Pizza & Steak House." It is only a five minute walk from my hotel. I like the look of this restaurant. It's quiet here.
Next door is "Pana Rock." A very different place. Pana Rock is pushing happy hour. Not that I am against being happy or experiencing a nice hour, now and then. But Pana Rock believes their music is best when it is LOUD. It is even loud where I am eating next door at Ricassoli!
A person who appeared to be an employee of Ricassoli was just coming to work. "Do you have WiFi here", I asked. She told me that they have WiFi. It is important to me to have WiFi where I eat. Because I enjoy writing my blog at restaurants.
7:15pm - Grilled Pork Chops
I just finished eating the grilled pork chops that I ordered. I was a bit suspicious of the pork chops. Because the price is sooooo low! 35Q [$4.55US] Included is potatoes in a cream sauce, guacamole with chips, soup of the day and tortillas!
This compares to grilled chicken priced at 110Q [$14.30US] With the same side dishes as the pork chops.
Big electric outage
8pm - All of the electricity just shut down in the Town of Panajachel. If I am able to publish this "Big electric outage" post to you, it will be because I am using my iPhone's personal hotspot.
11pm - The electricity here in Panajachel has been cutting out a lot during this evening.