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Antigua: What to do before Christmas

24 December 2005 18 Comments

Day 92 - Tuesday 20th December 2005

My final 4 hours of classes came and went, I said goodbye to my teacher and some of the students, packed my things and sat down over lunch, trying to decide what to do in the five days before Christmas. I wanted to visit Semuc Champey, a series of lakes and waterfalls in the middle of the country, and my plan was simple.

As soon as I had finished lunch I could jump on a bus to Coban, stay overnight there, take another bus in the morning, visit Semuc Champey, and return the way I had been to the lake on Friday. I worked it all out and thought I would have enough time to make it, barring any delays. As I didn’t really want to get stranded for Christmas, the big debate was whether I wanted to bank on there being no delays and everything going according to plan.

I had lunch and decided to call time on travelling for the next few days, and go into holiday mode. I would visit Semuc Champey between Christmas and New Year.

With the decision made I set about catching up with the blog and generally getting myself organised for the festive period. I moved my things into a hostel closer to where the lads were staying and generally whiled away the hours reading. I was preparing for an early night when I started talking to a guy in my dorm room who told me that a band called Buena Vista Social Club were in town and had played two impromtu gighs the two nights previous and were playing their third and final gig that evening in a bar just around the corner.

I had heard of them and had listened to some of their stuff before, but I wasn’t much up with the history of the band, so I wont try to explain, but take a look at this link which will expalin it better than I can. The music by the way, was quality!

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  • Roy (author) said:

    Happy Xmas Eve!

    Mum, Dad and Roz, I tried to call you today (24th) at between 6 and 7pm but no answer. I will try later, and again tomorrow, prob at around 4 - 6pm your time.

    Love ya’s all


    PS Happy Birthday Godders for the 26th.

  • roz said:

    roy we have no ear phones give me a number for a phone and i will call you, include area code etc. or reverse charges either way you have my permission

    speak soon

  • Michael, Sarah and Annie said:

    Hi mate, Have a great christmas! Annie says Thank you
    for the hat and gloves, she love them. Take care mate
    Love The Sheffield Jones’s

  • Roy (author) said:


    Hope you had a good Xmas, I cannot find the picture of this carp can you e mail to me somehow

    Spurs beat Birmingham 2-0 today they are firmly in 4th place.


  • smithy & Lisa + bump said:

    Hello mate,

    We just wanted to wish you a Happy Christmas and a brilliant new year. We check your website every day and are envious of what you are doing, and the things you are seeing and experiencing.Keep ya chin up, and keep doing what ya doing, looks fantastic mate. Speaking for everyone here, but everyone misses ya bud, but am glad you are doing this as its a life changing experience. Be save and keep laughing. P.S YOUR BEARD LOOKS STUPID (glad ya chopped it off)

    Ad & Lisa and bump

  • Roy (author) said:

    hi folks i am still ok, i havent had chance to update but its all in the pipeline.

    i am going to try to make it over the border in honduras today, i have had enough of Guatemala, so wish me luck, I will comment tomorrow if i can find an internet cafe.


  • Julie said:

    Hi Roy, only just caught up with blog after a few weeks. All sounds and looks great,we had a good time at I & R’s at Xmas. Didn’t like beard but love that hat. Wishing you a Happy New Year and more great adventures. Keep safe, love from Julie and Dave.x

  • Roy (author) said:

    Made it to Honduras, its absolutely boiling here and I´m sweating my nuts off!

    I have all the entries written in my diary, just need to find a decent connection to type them up.

    May try later this afternoon….

  • Roy (author) said:

    roy - willtry to leave sky type on from about 6pm as we seem to be miss each other on this - hope this works-M&Dxx

  • roz said:

    just wanted to say have a good new year and an enjoyable one travelling the rest of the way.

    Roz and Ian

  • jules said:

    hey roy!!!have a good new year, wishing you all the best, take care love jules x

  • Roy (author) said:

    keep safe - Love Mum & Dad xxxxxx
    dad says spurs beat newcastle 2-0

  • roz said:

    happy new year

  • Chris & Simone said:

    Hi mate, happy new year. Hope your still having fun. take care.

  • Godders said:


  • Nurul Hoque said:

    roy hope you are still loving every minute of it try any yogurt with salt will keep you cool happy new year mate

  • Roy (author) said:

    Hi I am in the Bay Islands, internet is about 3quid an hour so not using it but wanted to say i am fine and happy new year, i prmise i will type all this up when i leave here at the end of the week

    love ya all

  • Flan said:

    Bay Islands, nice!! I just heard Let Loose, crazy for you, on the radio!!

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