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Guatemala 2000
A photo journal by David Booth

Day 2 Part 2 - Lunch and city scenes

Following our meeting with Juanita Batzibal, we headed out for lunch and looked around the city a little on the way.  

Street near our hostel (1081.59 Kb) A street near our hostel in Guatemala City as we head out for lunch.  There is an amazing number of buses in Guatemala City.  Most families cannot afford to own cars, so bus transportation is an economical alternative. 

Passenger leaning out of bus door (229.21 Kb) People often swing from the door and hop off or on as the bus is moving.

Vendor selling soft drinks (248.83 Kb) Another street near our hostel, with a vendor selling soft drinks.   The drinks are still sold in returnable bottles, although you can also find them in aluminum cans.  If you buy one, you are expected to drink it while standing there. If you wish to take it with you, you must pay extra for the bottle.

Bakery with bars on entrance (265.54 Kb) A bakery on the street next to our hostel.   As we walked around, the security bars on the shops were a constant reminder of the extremely high crime rate in Guatemala City.  Most of the owner-operated shops had security bars to prevent customers from reaching into the shop.  You hand your money through the bars and they hand you back your purchases.  Even the local laundry operated this way.  

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