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A Guatemalan Christmas Celebration in Flores

Flores is an island town on the Lake Petén in Guatemala, connected to the mainland by a bridge. Most tourists here seem to come to see the famous Tikal Maya ruins, but Flores has been a great hang out city so we decided to stay here a couple of nights over Christmas as well.

It is small and has a bit Mediterranian feeling to it. A walk around the island takes less than half an hour and it was small enough for us to recognise the people who lived there. We booked a tour at one of the agencies here and a few hours later we met the same guys in the street and they welcomed us to celebrate Christmas Eve at their place.

They had bought lots of beer and two legs of port and veal that we helped them prepare on the barbeque. When the clock struck 12 everyone started shooting off fireworks and our friend who had brought us to the party pulled out his 9mm Glock pistol and started shooting wildly in the air. We partied with these crazy people until 2 am before catching the last boat back to Flores for the night.

Tamales: Guatemalan Christmas food similar to the Italian Polenta

Staying at Union Hotel where we could chill on the veranda and go swimming right outside in the lake was nice for the hangover day. We also went to El Peregrino to eat traditional Guatemalan christmas food on the 25th and discovered this local shaved ice drink they called “frutas con leche” which was super tasty and cost less than one US dollar. With our batteries charged a 110 per cent we will be heading to the highlands and Lanquin tomorrow!

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Next up: Visiting all Carribean Countries in one go!

Next trip has just been booked and in one month I will set off on a trip with the goal to visit every country in the Carribean!

Im keeping my trip exactly 90 days to be covered by my credit card Insurance with Bank Norwegian, I will visit 19 new countries with 11 of them being Carribean Islands:

Bahamas: November 8th on a day Trip from Miami

Jamaica November from 10th to 16th of November

Antigua & Barbuda from 16th to 18th of November

St.Kitts & Nevis from 18th to 19th of November

Dominica from 19th to 23rd of November

Barbados from 23rd to 24th of November

St.Lucia from 24th to 26th of November

Saint Vincent & the Grenadines to Grenada from 26th of Nov- 5th of Dec

Trinidad & Tobago from 5th – 11th of December

Suriname to Guyana from 11th to 17th of December

Mexico, Belize Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua between 18th of December and 19th of January

Haiti to Dominican Republic from January 19th to February 2nd

I’ve just ordered a know roaming global SIM to log my travels on the way, so stay tuned!