Thursday, February 09, 2012

No heaters

7AM - No heaters
In Mexico and also here in Guatemala, inside heating is called "calefacción". And there is something very interesting about calefacción. Hardly anybody has it! I have asked people all over Mexico if they have calefacción, and the answer is, "No!"

It is the same here in Guatemala City. There is no inside heating. Yesterday afternoon while walking around the neighborhood in Zona 9, I came across the fancy schmancy Hotel Barceló. Wanting to find out if Hotel Barceló had inside heating, a Jacuzzi hot-tub and also about the room prices, I went inside and asked at the front desk.

Hotel Barceló has a very large hot tub. Next to the hot tub is gorgeous heated swimming pool. However, the rooms have no heating! The lady at the front desk told me that if I requested, a very small electric heater would be provided. Single rooms at Hotel Barceló are $135US/nite.

Back at the Hotel Carillón where I am staying, the rooms also have no heating. The outside temperature here in Guatemala City dropped to 57°F last nite. I thought that I would be freezing cold! But strangely I was comfortable. Even comfortable in bed. Maybe it's the concrete wall construction? Hmmmmm?

8AM - Busing Guatemala City
When I read on the internet about taking buses here in Guatemala City, what I read is filled with warnings! Of course if I listened to those warnings myself, that would really limit my knowing Guatemala City.

Have you ever heard of GC's Transmetro System? I Googled Transmetro and liked what I read. Sergio, one of the front desk clerks here at Hotel Carillón told me that it only costs 1 Quetzal to board Transmetro and that it runs along Avenida 6, just one block away from Hotel Carillón.

I am going!

Click [here] to see a map of Guatemala City's Transmetro.

2PM - Just returned from today's trip
Boy-O-Boy! My feet and legs are sooooo tired! I had to rest a bit before getting on MacBook computer to tell you the story!

Guatamala's Transmetro system is very clean. And very well policed. Guatamalan people give up their seats to older or disabled persons. Also to women with small children. I had a young woman tap me on my shoulder and ask if I wanted an empty seat on a full bus.

I rode the complete Transmetro system. End-to-end. Spent quite a bit of time in the so-called dangerous Zona 1. Had breakfast in Zona 1 and had my hair cut there. Also went to the railroad museum in Zona 1.
A green Transmetro bus

Transmetro policeman

Baldwin Locomotive Works Engine 204

Street stand where I ate breakfast

Barbershop where I had my hair cut

Partly cloudy