Today was my first day of study in Antigua. Naturally I was running late, by a few minutes. As if the alarm and the church bells were not enough to wake me up. Plus there is usually a rooster somewhere also.
My español teachers name is Luis. He seems like he’d be a top aussie bloke if he was Australian. He loves cerveza or should that be muchas cervazas. I gave him this website address so i’m sure if he reads it he’ll correct me. I felt I made reasonable progress on my español. The problem is using it on the streets with locals who don’t know or care that you are trying to learn. Native español speakers also tend to speak quite quickly. Aahh the challenges of travelling.
OK so well food in Antigua is an interesting thing. Today I found the Antigua Subway, as in sandwich shop. It has its own guard. Now I’m not one for eating from chain stores overseas, but some of the food has been a bit average so I went into subway. I ordered a grande pollo con tamate and a few green things. Actually quite nice and about half the price compared to Australia.
I can’t complain though. For breakfast I had the best pancakes with maple syrup and fruit platter ever and thats a big call given the fruit I ate in Asia. Then tonight i had traditionale pollo con frijoles. Chicken and black beans, the colour and texture are the downside to the beans. They don’t taste bad, just hard to put them in your mouth the first time.
The food is a blend of traditional and western influences. Some quite tasty others a bit plain. No spicy food yet so i’ll keep looking.
In the afternoon i went for a walk up what looked like a small hill, Cerro de la Cruz. It over looks Antigua and Volcan Agua. Now apparently it used to be a crime paradise, but the Tourist Police kindly escort you up the hill and laugh because us gringos find it hard to climb the itty bitty hill. At least I wasn’t the last one up. Its good training for the Volcano ascents i’m planning.
So until tomorrow adios. Oh hopefully Volcan Agua will unveil itself one day…..