Never use an online travel agent to book a hotel room. Because these agents NEVER tell you the truth.
Worse than not telling the truth. Online agents will lie to you deliberately and tell you that a low cost available room is NOT available.
Online travel agents rely on a traveler's insecurity. Most travelers are sure that if they do not have all their hotel arrangements booked, they will wind up sleeping on a park bench.
When I arrive at a destination city, and want to find a hotel room, I use an experienced taxi driver. I interview taxi drivers to locate the one that I want. The taxi driver that I want to use will have around 10 years experience. And when I tell the driver what I want to do, he shows confidence that he is able to do it.
I tell my chosen taxi driver how much I want to pay, and he will drive me around to find a room. When we arrive at a hotel, I go inside to check things out while my taxi driver waits for me.
9am - When I got out of bed this morning, and began to walk on my hurt foot, I was sooooo happy to find that I am able to walk half way decent!
There still is pain in the same place on my left foot. But the pain's intensity is greatly reduced. Thank God!
Off in Guatemala on an extended stay is the wrong place to have foot problems!
12 Noon - Central Comedor is the name of the restaurant where I am eating lunch. Comedor is Spanish for a place that serves cheap priced food. Even though prices are very low, the food that I eat here tastes great. Grilled chicken with corn tortillas is what I order. 12Q [$1.56US]
Three young women are employed here in the production of corn tortillas. And these tortillas are good tasting too! Tortilla customers walk up steadily all day long to buy a dozen to several dozen.
I always sit at the front table, nearest the street. From here I can view the traffic and people going by. I am especially fascinated with the number of former school buses here in Panajachel.
These former school buses are now employed as people buses. Many buses still have the painted signs identifying which school district in the United States owned them. Some simply retain the words, "School Bus."
4pm - I caught a Tuk Tuk to take me to El Mercado to buy a pound of pistachio nuts. When I found a seller who had pistachios, he quoted 80Quetazles per pound. [$10US]
I don't know the price for pictachios, so I should have made a counter offer. For some reason that I do not understand, I took the opening price. So now I don't know if I overpaid!
They are good quality.