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December 8, 2005 07:26 PM

Crossing into Guatemala

Crossing into GuatemalaHere is where we get National Geographic. I'd heard that the border crossing we were taking was 'a minor crossing', but being a veteran of an infinite number of Windsor/Detroit crossings meant that I'd imagined something at least a little busier. It's quite possible that we were the only people to cross at Frontera Corozal that day. The guy in the picture drove us from the Mexican side 30 minutes up river to a small shanty town called Bethel, where we scrambled up a mud bank and onto a dusty dirt road.... Guatemala.

It took us some time to hunt down anybody even remotely official looking to stamp our passport and the money exchange consisted of nothing more than an enterprising woman digging into her purse to trade our remaining Pesos for her Quetzals. Within an hour of arriving in Guatemala, we managed to arrange for the 3 hour journey on one of those minibuses. You know, the kind that people pack way too full and inevitably make the evening news when they collide head on with a Mack truck or spontaneously burst into flames. We spent the ride in the back of this 10 seater vehicle and thus had a good view of people, and chickens, getting on and off. For sport, I kept a tally of how many passengers it would take. At its busiest I counted 18 full grown humans, a chicken or two, and maybe 2 infants in the van and at least 4 men on top of the van, with our luggage and a pile of produce. The women breastfed while the men carried machetes as if they were briefcases. Yes this was Guatemala, and we were getting our first taste of its magic and madness....

Comments


Erin said:

Well boys, all I can say is that Guatemala sounds a lot like Egypt with the packed vans, and chickens running loose. Sounds like a fun adventure...Once again I wish I was there instead of here studying (well...clearly procrastinating) for exams!

-Erin

December 8, 2005 08:27 PM
matt said:

can you post more pictures? do they take too long to upload?

December 8, 2005 09:05 PM
Wayne said:

I miss you.

December 9, 2005 10:49 AM
Ryan said:

I´m pulling pictures from Will´s camera as I need them... there are plenty but so far (in the Nothern Jungles of Guatemala) the internet is slower than slow. it takes sometimes 20 minutes to get a single photo up...

December 9, 2005 12:52 PM
Paul Martin said:

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The challenge is ours. So is the opportunity.

December 9, 2005 12:52 PM
ward said:

Wow, impressive readership Henderson...

December 11, 2005 05:22 PM
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