Saturday, February 22, 2014

English speaking doctor on call 24 hours

Yes, occasionally someone gets sick whether at home or in a foreign country, and I just discovered the ideal solution in Antigua, Guatemala.
    Dr. Oscar Asturias studied internal medicine for several years in Montreal and practiced emergency medicine in Haiti. He is fluent in English, French, Spanish, Haitian Creole and is conversant in Arabic.
    By  telephone .... 4860-3217 or 7832-8049.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Climbing my first volcano

    Volcan Pacaya is one of three volcanoes that surround the vicinity of Antigua, Guatemala,  and is supposedly the easiest to climb, according to the travel agencies that provide transportation and guides, which are included in the price. One of the "adventure" companies charges US $125. Per person, for two people. Half a block away I got a price of US $10. You can guess which I chose.
    My first challenge of the trip will be to get out of bed in time for the 6 AM shuttle bus.  I don't think this one is currently active, but I'll try to play it safe at first, assuming that I can reach the top.
    I have never had the slightest interest in doing this sort of silly activity and don't have a clue as to why I signed up for it. Perhaps, with luck, I'll come to my senses before 6 AM.

I bought a few pounds of blackberries and strawberries at this market

I'm attempting to climb this volcano. --- Volcan Pacaya

Tour group sees a fountain in the central park (El Parque Central)