I had a great time. Two things I regret: 1. not having better Spanish. 2. Not having more time there!
I realized that I don’t want to be just a tourist, although it’s cool to visit new and interesting-looking places. No, I would actually like to LIVE abroad for extended periods. It’s not much of a challenge just to hang around Antigua and talk with the many (albeit international) tourists. It’s not enough (and frankly, it seems rude) to go around to the little villages and stare at people and take their picture – in fact, it can be dangerous if you’re not polite.
What a gorgeous, lush, and friendly country. Keep in mind that this is the developing world, so reliable electricity and running water are not a given everywhere. And be safe – filter your water and wash your hands often. But it’s sooooo worth a visit.over 7 years ago