After a couple of weeks in Xela, we settled down into a bit of a routine. On three of our four Wednesday’s in the city, we visited the movie theater in La Pradera. Sure, any movie playing in the theater can be purchased pirated on DVD at the market, but there is something special about going to the cinema. Wednesday also happens to be half price day at the theater, meaning a ticket costs Q13, which works out to be a little less than $2.
After our rough first night in Xela, things did improve quite a bit. Shortly after waking up at the Hotel Shalom on Wednesday morning, we packed up our things and found another place down the street. Our new digs at the Hotel Andina, turned out to be the same price and much, much nicer. Since we were finally settled in and comfortable, it was time to head out into the city. Luckily the constant downpours of the past few days faded away and the weather was beautiful. Yes, things were steadily getting better by the minute!
I recently read an article about long term travel. In this article, the author vividly portrayed some of his most memorable travel experiences. Of course by memorable, I mean he recalled those days where everything seemed to go against him. In this article, he wrote something that is likely to stick with me for a long time. These days, he said, “Are the ones when you wish you had two ruby slippers to click together and say, there is no place like home.” August 14th turned out to be one of those days, oh and it also was Shawn Reece’s birthday.