When one envisions going on vacation, I think of things going somewhat good. At least 90% of the time. Let’s face it, if we had 100% satisfaction than it wouldn’t quite be an adventure. But the pain and suffering I have recently endured is just short of annoying. Today has been nothing but issues with getting money out of my bank account. First, I had emailed the credit union and asked them to transfer money for this morning and update the files with my VISA card…done, but now the tricky part is getting it out of the bank…. I have walked numerous times, about 1-mile each direction, to get money from the bank`(ATM) and several times inside to the bank and have the “teller” give me a cash advance… But each time, the machine comes back as not being able to process the transaction. Well, imagine how stupid I feel right now trying to explain to the airline that the money is supposed to be in my account right now, I just can’t access it… This day has just not been going well AT ALL. I am going back at 5:30 and if I can’t get money out then I don’t know what I’m going to do. . . . . I am currently on the road to being broke. I have enough to last me another day or so, but after that I’m screwed.
If things do go right tonight and I am able to get money from the bank you probably won’t hear from me for a few days as I am in the process of trying to join a group of people heading north to the remote ruins of El Mirador. El Mirador is a Mayan site which lies deep in the Guatemalan jungle. Currently there are only 3 people going (all Italian), not including the guides. Not many people go to El Mirador because of the banditry that occurs and the fact that it is a 2 day trek to get to the ruins. It starts off tomorrow with a mini bus ride to the town of Carmelitta (about 3 hours north of Flores), from here we walk. We will walk for about 4 hours to the camp of Nacimiento where we will make up our camp. The next day we will walk for 7 or 8 hours to El Mirador. We will spend the rest of the day at El Mirador as well as the entire next day. On the 4th day we will spend a few hours at El Mirador and then begin the long trek back.
Hopefully I will be able to access money when I go back to the bank so that I can do this trip…… keep your fingers crossed.