tomorrow bright and early i hit the road for my new digs for the next 3 nights. a crystal blue lake about a thousand feet higher up in elevation with a few new volcanoes under which i might bask.
i’m only confused by one thing. it’s under 40 miles away but it takes 2.5 hours to arrive. hmmmm… hopefully the relief bands that i’ll wear around my wrist will prevent me from getting too dizzy. and sick. thanks for the recommendation susan s. i’ll let you know if they work.
remember that movie joe vs. the volcanoe with tom hanks? me neither, but it seemed like a nifty post title.
i have some photos ready so i thought i’d do another post this evening. let’s begin with my stroll over to iglesia de san francisco. it was built in 1542 and has been partially destroyed by earthquakes 4 times, the latest “big one” in 1773.
how delightful are these construction paper monks?
i went here in the late afternoon when the light was golden.
the church sits inside this enormous walled courtyard.
a mass was in session so i crept in and sat in the back. the priest spoke with a microphone and stopped occasionally to play some beautiful ballads from his laptop, which was connected to some speakers.
these are photos of an evening stroll. by the way i’ve gotten used to the cobblestones. they no longer seem as treacherous, but maybe i’m kidding myself.
in addition to being in a constant state of volcano rapture, i’m also truly madly deeply in love with these painterly cloud swatches. they move across the sky all day long. swirl around the volcanoes, and set such a dramatic scene for la antigua.
the pics above are from my visit to the convento de santa clara. magnificent!
at one time antigua was the capital of guatemala. until, that is, all of the seismic/volcanic activity became too intense so it was thought prudent to relocate to guatemala city. during the time of the conquest it was the provincial capital of the spanish empire.
okay i’m off to pack for the next round of adventure and intrigue! further up into the forested mountains of the sierra madre. see you soon!