Guatemala Travel Stories, Page 14

Continental Breakfast Ideas

My friend Mark ate a continental breakfast yesterday, we both looked at the breakfast served here on Lake Atitlan and said,
"Maybe they do not know the idea of a continental breakfast?"

Which plate is the Continental Breakfast?

I started to comment on the continental breakfast, then I felt somewhat vulnerable, I have been to enough countries to know ideas or interpretations change from country to country.

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Monday, April 12, 2010
By Andy Graham of


Which plate is the Continental Breakfast, the one on the left of the right?

Do you have continental breakfast ideas? What is a continental breakfast?

What is Mark thinking?

I googled Continental Breakfast and the best explanation:

"Q: What does "Continental Breakfast" mean?
A: It means you're hungry by 10:30."

Do you have Continental Breakfast Ideas? What was Mark saying and thinking?
"Can you believe this, they are giving me all this."

Both plate were included in the Continental Breakfast, we both said at the same time, these Guatemalan people do not understand the idea of a continental breakfast.

Continental Breakfast Ideas

On Demand Web Content Management

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows."
- Epictetus Greek Philosopher 55 AD

You do not have to look at this photo; you now have on demand photos.

I want to tell my friends, family and readers a secret…
"Enjoyment of life is now on demand, there is no clear reason to read this travel journal."

On Demand Web Content Management now allows me read, hear or watch on demand, I no longer have to accept what is put in front of me.

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Monday, April 12, 2010
By Andy Graham of


Example of On Demand Life
When I was in the USA, I did not have cable television, I stopped at the video shop and rented a movie daily for one dollar, this cost me 30 dollars per month. Moreover, if I fell asleep during the movie, I just started the movie again; I never missed watching the whole movie.

We now have an on demand life, 12 years ago when I first started to travel, I accepted the new friends without question. allows me to talk with my on demand friends, I do not have to talk with the locals, I can call my long term friends, I do not need to talk with people close to me, I do not have to live in Guatemala while I am in Guatemala.

Television on demand will soon be global.

Movies on demand.

Books on demand.

On Demand Web Content Management, I want you to think about this and stop your daily routine, you can read, watch, or hear what you want on demand, if you manage your web content properly.

However, personally I know the great lessons in life are learned by accident, not on demand, this is the conundrum. Do you get angry when I write something you do not like?

On Demand Web Content Management

Paypal Credit Card Payment Processing Problem

I have a credit card payment processing problem, my credit card is connected to my account, and I use to pay workers as I work at my mobile offices all over the planet, I am location independent, I do not have a home.

As part of the security for processing of payments, they want to call me, I am not in the USA, and my parents answer the number on my account. They have strict orders, if anyone asks to verify a payment on anything, they are to say no.

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Sunday, April 11, 2010
By Andy Graham of

--------------------------------- Number
As part of the paypal credit card payment processing security, they said, I could add a new number. I tried to enter my number; however, it is not connected with an address therefore it is not accepted by

Doe this mean, every time I pay with, I need to be in the USA to answer phone calls? I could use the Verizon Global Phone, maybe they have a address connected, that number will forward anywhere on the planet.

Guatemala Security
I tried to make a reoccurring payment to buy software while here in Guatemala, for some reason it refused. I called and they tested everything, their recommendation was for me to return to the USA. The support call I made, was answered by call center in Manila, Philippines.

Mobile Office blues, there is an ever increasing security of credit card payment processing, I am not sure what to do, I know I am in the extreme minority. However, the value of paying things online is to do it anywhere, not just from my home.

Paypal Credit Card Payment Processing Problem

Interview with Vagabond Writers Päivi & Santeri from Finland

This is an interview of Päivi & Santeri Kannisto a married couple who have traveled for six years on a budget of 500 Euros per month. Watch a video of Vagabond Travelers who rent apartments and slowly travel around the planet writing books to earn money.

Vagabond Book Writers from Finland
- English/Travel
- Finnish/Literature

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Sunday, April 11, 2010
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Interview with Vagabond Writers Päivi & Santeri from Finland

Carry-Ons to Cost $45 at Spirit Airlines

Expats in Guatemala are angry because is going to start charging 45 dollars for a carry on bag. I made a joke, and said,
"Soon the airlines will weigh you and make you pay by the pound, maybe we call it."
"Fat American Baggage Fee."

I have been researching the size of Carry On Luggage for years, and in my opinion. 95 percent of carry on bags are too large to be called carry ons if the airlines enforced their own rules.

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Thursday, April 8, 2010
By Andy Graham of


Only Five People Waiting for Baggage
I took this photo at United Airlines the baggage carousel in New York, City. Normally, with overseas flights, it is easy to find the baggage carousel, I can follow the main group of people from the plane and they lead me to the correct baggage carousel.

This did not work in New York, only five people checked their bag, I thought to myself.
"The plane is top-heavy, this is dangerous."

Good Advice Ignored
I told the old bag of a woman here in Panajachel, Guatemala who was crying the blues in the Dinosaur Coffee shop.
"Weigh all your bags; you need to know exactly how much your luggage weighs."

People Living Overseas
If I were living in Guatemala, every trip I made to the USA, I would carry back as much as possible on the airplane. It just makes sense, the products sold in the USA cost less, the appliance, the televisions, the goal is to have the same quality of life as in the USA, and the only way to do this is to bring things here from the USA.

If you do not want tricky, buy an American Airlines ticket for twice the price. is charging people to use the toilet, and I think fat people should pay more.

Truth in advertising is the real problem here, the world has decided that tricky and clever is an acceptable business practice.

"Please do not tell me you never seen one of the baggage size tubular boxes, I know you are not that dumb." Standing in line is part of life, why does this cause you so much emotional pain, does it hurt to be alone with your own thoughts?

Eric a reader did some great research on Carry On Luggage size.

Carry-Ons to Cost $45 at Spirit Airlines

Word Puzzle Games for Travelers

Speak in French when you can't think of the English for a thing.
- LEWIS CARROLL, Alice Through the Looking Glass

I have been working on a new game to play while I am in new cities meeting foreigners and expatriates. Maybe I will call it

"I like Pizza."
However, we need to Geo-Language this, sort of Geo-coding with a twist, therefore in Guatemala it would be:
"Yo me gusto Pizza."

Pizza is international, it is universally understood in all countries I believe and hope, but does not matter, because this should be filed under nonsense.

Travel is similar to the word puzzle game show called "Wheel of Fortune." I am constantly trying to guess what foreigners, travelers, and tourist are talking about.

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Wednesday, April 7, 2010
By Andy Graham of


The Solution
I just say,
"I like Pizza."
Understand, all replies are acceptable when nobody is listening, you are just reassuring the talker that you are listening, the same as saying,
Nodding your head as you look around, just continue to say.
"I like Pizza."
They will not be offended; they may even surprise you and talk and talk about Pizza.

Bidding on Words
Alternatively, like the word puzzle game Wheel of Fortune. I will bid on a "Subject to the Sentence."

You say,
"Pat, I would like to buy a ‘Subject’ for $250."
I want a subject to the sentence please.

Careful at the bid price, you do not want to confuse the talkers, for example in Guatemala you will need to qualify your money, are you talking 250 Quetzals of 250 Dollars.

Rambling One-Side Conversations
I suppose I am controlling, but I also get bored of listening the insane monologues. Therefore, when I am sitting in a group of foreigners who obviously have lost the plot, I have learned to change the subject, they do not care, any subject is fine, just providing you allow their filibuster to continue.

You can say.
"I like Pizza."
"Weather is good."
If you want younger folk to talk, use universal trendy travel word puzzles words:
"Che Guevara"
"Bob Marley"

On the other hand, talk about "Conspiracy Theories," I guarantee travelers are excellent students.

This is good fun as the Brits say, and please try to not "Take the Piss" as the Brits also say, but generally learning to change the subject should be game, because for sure nobody is listening.

I am quite positive, if I would have just written.
"I like Pizza."
Generally, it would have achieved the same result; normally a person has stopped reading by the time the got to the end of this word puzzle because, well, that is simple. I am talking and they are not, welcome to the new world.

Word Puzzle Games for Travelers

Tourist Inflated Cost in Guatemala

Tourist conspicuous consumption is inflating the prices in Panajachel, Guatemala. Tourist are welcome to pay 20 dollars for a pizza, three dollar for coffee, and other ways of proving we are not from Guatemala and rather --- you know -- special.

I boarded a boat over Easter Weekend, and decide to ask this loving Mayan Kaqchikel couple how much I was overpaying because I was a foreigner.

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Tuesday, April 6, 2010
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It took some prodding and prying, but I insisted, and did not allow this man to evade the question.

(In Spanish of course.)

He fidgeted in his seat; he evaded the question, and finally answered.
"I am paying 25 Quetzals."
I say,
"That is the same as me!"

He pauses, looks away, I know he wants off the hook; he does not want to talk about it. I then asked,
"How much do you normally pay?"
"15 Quetzals."

He slowly looks at me and say,
"We have to pay more because there are tourists here."

I think to myself, this is not how it is suppose to work, they should have raise the price of the boat to 30 or 40 and allow him to pay his normal 15. I guess that is not the way of the world, I know what my tourist dollars did this Easter Weekend in Guatemala. They forced people who earn 50 times less money than me to pay more.

I cringe every time I see a tourist overpay, I know the end game, the inflation is not going to hurt me, because I am the privileged class.

Tourist Inflated Cost in Guatemala

Baby Carrier System Using Length of Cloth in Guatemala

Here is a video of the Mayan Baby Carrier system, whereby women load the babies on their back, then wrap a length of cloth around their body and tied.

Probably, the most common baby carrier system on the planet.

A reader requested this type of video when I was in Africa, and doggedly I have been waiting for an opportunity for the last couple of years.

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Tuesday, April 6, 2010
By Andy Graham of


This baby carrier system is the winner in my opinion.

Not the best photo, but I wanted to show you the look on her face, it to me represents fortitude, the persistence, and the desire to do what is needed with no complaint. I want to find this look in the faces of the United States citizens, the country I love.

I think there is a lesson in all things, and we do not need 12 steps.

1. Shut up
2. Listen up
3. Grow up

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This Guatemala sling style baby carrier systems is not new, however, there is tenderness that one can see when the mother and child are one. The baby cries less, it is as if the mother and child are a team.

I am not sure I can learn anything from the developed world, but I know I learn many lesson from the under-developed world that I need.

Baby Carrier System Using Length of Cloth in Guatemala

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