Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Wednesday morning when we woke up we were in Guatemala. Their port isn't pretty. It's very industrial.
This is the city we were in.
There was some sort of Guatemalan Naval Base at the port also.
Some of their ships.
Right before I took this picture there were some goats running around. They moved to quick for the camera. I'm still not sure what they were doing.
Some of their sailors.
Since we didn't schedule an excursion we got off the boat & went shopping. These palm trees led the way.
The shopping was inside the building that said "Welcome to Guatemala".
Y'all just don't know how excited I was to see that the little concession stand had DR. PEPPER!!! Of all the places we were going, I surely didn't expect to find it in Guatemala. Maybe this little country isn't so bad after all! Not to mention it was only $1.00 & they gave me a straw without me having to ask for one!!!
Notice I'm still fluorescent but there's a hint of red on my chest.
Dean & Cliff enjoyed drinking the local beer. Sheri & I found it hilarious that they were talking the girl down on the beer. It started out at $3.00 & they got it for $2.00. Who knew that worked on beer! I guess maybe I could've gotten my Dr. Pepper for .50!
I enjoyed shopping here. Well, maybe I shouldn't say enjoyed. I felt like I was taking advantage of the people by not paying their asking price but considering what they would come down to I think they were trying to take advantage of me.
There was one point that really bothered me & I've continued to think about it since we got home. When we went on our excursion to the Ruins our tour guide told us that we may come across kids that will ask us for money & that under no circumstances are we to give it to them. Their parents are teaching them that this is ok. Luckily, we didn't see any kids. Guatemala was a different story. I was buying something from a man & he had the most beautiful little girl who looked to be about 4. She said something to me & I couldn't understand her. Being the naive person that I am I bent down & asked what she said & she repeated herself - "dollar for me?". Yeh, well that broke my heart. I would gladly have given her $1.00 or more just because she was so cute BUT my peeps told me I couldn't. I know her dad wouldn't have let her keep it anyway. I wanted to fuss at that man for using his little girl like that. It was incredibly sad. The only thing that made me feel a little better is that the little girl looked well taken care of. At that point, I'd had enough & we made our way back to the boat.
We laid out by the pool for awhile. The weather was beautiful again. When we were getting ready to leave the port we heard music. We went out on the balcony & saw this
They did a little dance routine & waved as we left. We weren't sure if they were happy to see us go or happy that we were there & want us to come back!
That night the show was the Second City comedy show. A lot of the famous comedians (Will Ferrell, Tina Fey) got their start with this group. It's a lot of improv & they were hilarious!
In the atrium of the ship there was a sale going on & I got this hat.
I LOVE it! It's the perfect beach/pool hat. We were spending the next day on the beach in Belize so I thought it would be perfect and if I ever feel the need to be incognito I just need to add my Jackie O glasses & nobody will know it's me!!
When we went back to our room, we found this
Our towel animal maker did a much better job don't you think!