September

Wieder zu Hause…

veröffentlicht am 28. September 2013

Das Reisen zum Abschluss hat uns sehr gut getan. Nicht nur das Entdecken und Unterwegssein, sondern vor allem die Zeit zum Nachdenken, Verarbeiten, Reden und Planen – bevor wir den Kontinent wieder wechseln – genossen wir sehr.

Der Wechsel von Panama in die Schweiz bedeutete für uns aber nicht eine so grosse Umstellung wie es derjenige von Madagaskar nach Panama war. Madagaskar ist definitiv um einiges „exotischer“ (und schöner als ganz Mittelamerika zusammen, wage ich zu verkünden!;-)), natürlich auch viel ärmer, und dagegen erschien Panama insgesamt sehr westlich, was uns am Anfang fast Mühe gemacht hatte.

Zurück zu Hause merkt man erst, dass man sich während der Zeit im Ausland an andere Dinge gewöhnt hatte; das WC-Papier erscheint einem plötzlich so dick wie ein Karton und darf nun sogar wieder in die Toilettenschüssel geworfen werden, die drei Küsschen zum Begrüssen erscheinen etwas übertrieben und das Artikulieren des „Grüezi“ fällt beim ersten Mal schwer, die Strassen erscheinen überall so leer, es liegt nirgends Abfall rum, die Zeitungen berichten auf den Titelseiten nicht jeden Tag über schwere Busunglücke und Mord und Totschlag in der Nachbarschaft oder Bandenkriminalität, in der Bäckerei gibt es auch was anderes als süsses Brot und Blätterteiggebäck zu kaufen, die Dusche liefert immer warmes Wasser in ausreichender Menge, das bequeme Bett und die Sauberkeit lassen keine Wünsche übrig und so weiter und so fort… Doch an all diese Dinge gewöhnt man sich rasch wieder, vor allem, da man ja das Meiste geniesst und als angenehm(er) empfindet.

Die nicht so offensichtlichen Veränderungen nach der Heimkehr beschäftigen einen hingegen intensiver, wenn manchmal auch nur unbewusst. Die Gefühle und Gedanken scheinen manchmal wie gefangen zwischen zwei Welten und irgendwann muss man akzeptieren, dass ein Lebensabschnitt wieder vorbei ist und somit auch gewisse Dinge, wie einige Freundschaften, verloren gehen oder nicht gleich weitergelebt werden können. Auch Erinnerungen und Erlebnisse werden mit der Zeit immer mehr verblassen, doch so geht es ja bei vielen Veränderungen im Leben. Unsere Herausforderung ist,  nicht mehr im „Hätten wir doch“ oder „Könnten wir doch“ zu verharren, sondern sowie aus den positiven und negativen Erlebnissen das Gelernte (wenn man sich dann mal klar wird, was das alles ist) mitzunehmen. Denn dass uns dieses Jahr verändert hat, ist klar, und das ist schlussendlich auch das Dauerhafte, das uns auch in Zukunft begleiten wird.

Wir sind nun einfach extrem dankbar für dieses Jahr und schätzen im Nachhinein besonders auch die schwierigen Situationen und die Herausforderungen, die wir überwinden mussten. Denn es waren besonders diese Situationen, aus denen schlussendlich viel Positives entstand. Erst wenn es schwierig wird, fängt man an, wirklich über die eigenen Beweggründe nachzudenken, wägt ab zwischen Aufgeben und Weitermachen, unterstützt und ermutigt einander, zieht Lehren für die Zukunft,  lernt mit den Fehlern anderer (und auch den eigenen) umzugehen und wird sich neu bewusst, dass wir es alleine weder schaffen können noch müssen.

Der untenstehende Comic aus einer panamaischen Zeitschrift erscheint uns passend: Es  heisst, dass man im Leben den bequemsten, den ruhigsten oder den einfachsten Weg einschlagen kann, doch am besten sei es, den schwierigsten Weg zu wählen, da es derjenige ist, der einen am weitesten bringt…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Guatemala

veröffentlicht am 15. September 2013

Guatemala is most definitely the country where we met the most tourists during our travels. The tourism has expanded widely throughout the places of interests, making it easy to find an agency or a hotel to help you out. It is not unlikely that a local, official guide will stop you on the street, offering his help and advice on an extra charge put on your hotel bill.

 

We started off in Antigua which is an hour from Guatemala City and the hot spot for tour operators, being the ideal spot to start our adventure of Guatemala’s Highlands. It was here where we climbed a “Mirador” (view point) hoping to see volcanic eruptions, we failed to go on the tour in Nicaragua. To our disappointment the weather was not on our side. So all we saw was mist from which came the loud noise of the eruptions behind it.

 

To this point of traveling we couldn’t really associate the given term, “chickenbus” for the public busses. On our first ride in Guatemala the bus filling and filling to the point where it was impossible for the helper to collect the fair from every passenger. He would leave the bus through the front door and enter again using the back door. It didn’t occur to me until I saw him climb down from the roof and swing through the door. What looks like a circus piece is their daily business, securing the luggage on top while the driver pulls the bus around each bend and all passengers feverishly holding on to their seats, as those tucked in the human sandwich close their eyes as the bus overtakes another truck on the curvy road.

 

At the end of such a strenuous bus ride, we stayed a night in Chichicastenango also known as Chichi to do some souvenir shopping on its famous market which takes place every Thursday and Sunday. It being Thursday, there weren’t that many people walking the streets. Looking at all the beautiful woven crafts, it was more a challenge to take pictures of the indigenous Mayans wearing their traditional colorful woven cloths. Walking the streets and clicking the camera every now and then pointing left and right as if I was just waving my hand, trying hard to get natural and good pics.  

 

Once the biggest city along the most important trade route during the Mayan world, Quetzaltenango is the second largest city of Guatemala and the fastest growing city in Central America with a population of a quarter million. We settled in a cute hostel overlooking the colonial city with its volcanoes towering in the background. It was our basecamp between the two hikes we enjoyed with the non-profit organization named Quetzaltrekkers.

 

Our first hike led us to the top of Central America at an altitude of 4220 m (Tajumulco Volcano). Starting at an altitude of 3000 m we undertook the journey in two days. The first day we walked to an altitude of 4000 m where we set camp for the night. We started at 6 in Quetzaltenango, rode to the base of the volcano with the chicken busses and started the hike at 10 a.m. From the start we walked within the clouds, aiming to be at camp before 2 p.m. so we could pitch the tents before the rain started. Weather conditions at this time of the year consist of rain almost every afternoon and evening. Our group of 16 made it slowly up the mountain and not often did we have to wait for the rest, some of which were suffering from altitude sickness. We reached the campsite dry and as soon as we pitched all the tents the rains came. It was a chilly and short night, at 4 a.m. we got up to conquer the peak in the break of day to enjoy a beautiful and colorful sunrise. We enjoyed the early sunrays and returned to the camp to eat, clean up and head back down in the mist of the clouds.

 

Back at our hostel we had a day to clean up and get ready for the three day hike to the Lake Atitlán. The hike starts right outside of Quetzaltenango and leads on a trail through small villages, cloud forests, maize fields, rivers and coffee plantations. All in all its 45 km and we did 20 km the first and 20 km the second day. The last 5 km were made on the last morning down to the lake. We spent the nights in the small villages on the way and therefore we didn’t carry any extra weight with us except for some food and water, not so on the Tajumulco hike were we had to carry the tents.  Within the group of 21 there were 4 guides, 11 Israelis, 3 Swiss and 2 Canadians from Québec. In the community hall of Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan, a small indigenous, isolated mountain village, we spent our first night after enjoying the hot, traditional Mayan sauna known as Temascal. It is a small hut built of bricks and a sink roof with a small entrance covered by a curtain, big enough for one to crawl in. Inside there is a small bench in front of a bed of glowing red hot coals and a steel bucket containing hot water. Next to the wooden bench stands a container of cold water. The idea is to mix the hot water with the cold water so you can take a bath. It is so hot inside the 2 by 1 meter cubicle, that one gladly makes only use of the cold water.

 

Not like the first day (it rained only for a very short period), the second day was filled with rain the whole afternoon and it didn’t really make a difference walking in the rain or crossing rivers on foot. Our feet were wet either way and so were the sleeping bags and clothing of some that didn’t have the best rain cover for their backpacks. It started off clear with warm sun rays in the morning and picture scenery along the great valleys covered in trees, maize and broccoli fields. Turning into pouring rain as soon as we unpacked our lunch and got ready to eat under the open skies, we continued walking in the rain for most of the way, watching our steps as we went on, not to slip on the muddy paths leading us through 7 river crossings of different sizes without bridges. There were a few ups along the trail, all of which were taken with great ease, for they were never that long. Some of us, soaked to the bone were glad to be welcomed by a warm fire at our sleeping quarters for the night, Xiprian. It was the night of the new year for the Jews and we celebrated together one of their biggest feasts of the year with apples and honey, wine and good homemade bread.

 

Not all clothing and shoes dried overnight and the rains kept on pouring the whole night, making it a tough decision for the leader head out to the mirador over the lake to watch the sun rise. The rains didn’t last long, but the group decided to stay and enjoy a hot cup of tea. The sun was already high above the lake as we headed for San Juan by the lake where the rest of our luggage was delivered to. Having said goodbye to our new Jewish friends, Elisabeth and I went to the small village of San Marcos where we spent two nights and visited other “small villages” along the shores of Lake Atitlán.Here we were surprised by a long earthquake that shook everything around us and caused damage at its epicenter near the Mexican border.


We decided to take it easy on our last days before heading back to Panama City, so we went down to the Pacific Coast to a place called Monterrico. For the last time using the famous chicken busses we made the trip which was described to us as “dolor de cabeza” meaning it is a headache. In Monterrico we enjoyed an early tour of the mangroves just the two of us and our boats man. The beach is black and the waters too dangerous to swim in, but the hotel had a great pool to cool off. Having spent our last relaxing days at the beach we went back to Antigua for the last night before catching our flight back to Panama.

 

We arrived in Switzerland on the 13th September shortly after 6 pm and are getting used to our surroundings. 

 

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September 2013

- Wieder zu Hause

- Guatemala

 

August 2013

- El Salvador

- Honduras

- Costa Rica- Nicaragua

- Zentralamerika


Juli 2013

- Abschied zum Zweiten


Juni 2013

- Abwechslungsreicher Alltag

 

Mai 2013

- Dies und das aus Panamá...

 

April 2013

- Honduras


März 2013

- Panamá: ...so anders,..

- in die Selva


Februar 2013

-  Von Kontinent zu Kontinent


Januar 2013

- Madagaskar zum Letzten

- Reisejournal Teil 2

- Reisejournal Teil 1


Dezember 2012

- Veloma, les enfants!

- Comic

- Auf nach Mauritius!

 

November 2012

- A Swiss guide ...

- die Pousse-pousse-Stadt

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Oktober 2012

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September 2012

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