New York City, New York
September 11, 2004
There is a clean kitchen in Casa Rosario where you can prepare your own food purchased at the mercado or one of the many family-run tiendas in the neighborhood. I forewent the trickling water from the "solar heated" shower, and opted instead to go down to the lake every morning with my shampoo. Here I was politely ignored by the Mayan women who were there with the same idea. (Yes, they bathe with their clothes on.) When you leave Casa Rosario, make a left out the door and then a right at the bottom of the road away from the Police Station. Continue past the school and look for a footpath on the left. This will take you to the cleanest stretch of black sand beach I found on the lake.
Because I was a budget traveler, I was quite content with my accommodation there: My fellow boarders were all as friendly and as mellow as could be, and I could theoretically roll out of bed for my Spanish lesson. (This was never the case - every morning at 6:30, the farmer across the street would begin work by revving up his rickety, gas-powered molino to start grinding coffee.)
If the rooms are not up to your personal standards, I still strongly suggest checking out the Spanish lessons here (see my free form entry below).
From journal A Month on Lake Atitlán