As I stood examining the bus schedule, a woman came over to see if I needed help. After telling me the correct bus, conversation quickly turned to small talk, and then somehow she was ranting about Muslims and foreigners in general. She went on like this for the next 15 minutes until the bus arrived and continued until we both exited the bus at the same stop. No matter what I said, in an effort to change the subject, she always brought it back to how terrible the Muslims are and how all the immigrants are taking her pension in the UK.
It was a short trip to Prague, a long weekend away to celebrate our anniversary. Andy has been to Prague several times, and I was there once before when we first met. We had both seen most of the major sights, so this was a trip about food, enjoying the city, and having a relaxing weekend together. Here’s a look at how much we spent traveling in Prague.
It was supposed to be a romantic four day weekend celebrating five years from the day we got married. Prague was the city where we first met in person after months of emails and Skype calls from one side of the Atlantic to the other. And even though the weekend itself was actually pretty great, the aftermath was a nightmare.
This winter we didn’t do our normal lengthy cold weather escape. It didn’t quite work out the way we had hoped the last few times, so we decided this year to take a few weeks to travel somewhere warm without working. For a little over three weeks, we traveled between Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Here’s how much we spent traveling in Central America.
I used to say that all I needed out of a hotel or hostel was that it had to be safe and it had to be clean. I didn’t care much beyond that. It was simply a place to sleep. But lately, whether it’s due to a string of not-so-great hotels or due to the fact that I’m just getting older, what I want from a hotel has changed.
Antigua is one of the most popular destinations in Guatemala. This Spanish colonial town attracts travelers who want to learn Spanish, people on church missions, and quite often, people who want to climb a volcano. Several of them sit close enough to the city to be easily seen, and trips to hike up them, especially Picaya, are very popular. But that’s not what Andy and I had in our plans.
After our short time in San Salvador and visiting some of El Salvador’s volcanoes, Andy and I hopped on the best bus in all of Central America. (Or at least that’s what it felt like to us.) We were headed back to Guatemala to Lake Atitlan, famous for its gorgeous views of volcanoes from the little towns that line the shores.
After taking a tour of San Salvador, we felt re-energized. Andy and I were happy with our decision to come to El Salvador, and now we wanted to explore some of its natural attractions. For such a small country, it has quite a few volcanoes. The best way to see a few seemed to be on a tour, so we found one that sounded good and booked it for the next day.
El Salvador wasn’t originally in our plans for Central America. But knowing a return trip to Central America would probably include Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, it seemed unlikely we’d be close enough to El Salvador to justify going so far out of our way. And Andy knows I can be a bit of a list ticker sometimes, so we carved out a few days to spend in El Salvador.