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Clown Edek at Guatemala City Circus

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How it happened we still don’t know exactly, but the moment the bus came around the corner our backpacks were taken from us, thrown on the bus roof while a man pushed us to the bus door where another man shouted: “Antigua, Antigua, Antigua, Guate, Guate, Guate!!!” like it is one word and would repeat it without stopping till the bus was moving again. An overcrowded bus looked at us and the bus driver’s second man showed us one and a half seat to sit down. We looked to each other and know for sure we just entered the world of ‘chicken bus’. A disconnected part in time and space where one seat serves two and a double seat serve three or four and where there’s no limit on the amount of passengers. The express bus keeps on stopping wherever people at the side of the road make a sign. People are squeezed against and jostled over each other as the second man pushes them so there always fits one more. We enter thief paradise as everybody is leaning against each other, not having any space at all and that’s just the space they need, moving with stops and starts from the bus. The overpopulation levels up to unexpected heights the moment the bus stops and from both sides, front and back door, are entering multiple person selling drinks, tacos, ‘tortillas con queso’, banana chips, ice creams, dry fruits and other sweets…  Each one of them pressing themselves through the bus with trays and baskets above their heads. The climax is when both sides cross each other in the middle of the bursting bus. They are the absolute evidence that ‘If there is a will, there is a way’ and make the impossible possible. It’s a hell of a ride and being intimately pushed into the bosom of a lady we make our head to Antigua. We stay some nights (read post “Antigua”) and move on to Guatemala City.

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When I started a course of entertainment in Mallorca (Spain) about 13 years ago, between the many persons I met one was a bit peculiar, a happy guy with joy and a smile carved on his face. Later I met him in Tenerife (Spain) and we kept in contact on Facebook. I had seen pictures of him as a clown in different circus and now as it is meant to be, he writes us that he is touring around as ‘Clown Edek’ with circus Galtük in Central America. You guess wright, they have a stop in Guatemala City. So as we arrived in the capital we take a taxi to Miraflores, a neighborhood of Guatemala City. Two tickets are waiting for us and we step into the world of fantasy. The light goes out, two clowns are walking between the public to warm up the multitude. We both are full of expectation and try to find Ward Claes behind the make-up of Clown Edek. As one of the clowns comes near, I can see a glimpse of light in his eyes… this must be Ward. The show starts and acts are flowing wild over in each other. Marvelous colors are filling the stage, artists are flying high in the air above us, contortionists flexing their body till the limit, persons walking and dancing on a rope hanging some meters above the ground,… and many other spectacular acts highlighted by colorful spots make the spectators going crazy. By each decor change there is Clown Edek, pulling the attention to him, as a true professional that makes the public wipe tears of laughing with just a look. It feels strange to see an ex colleague entertainer doing some sketches on big scale with money invested in it, the same sketches we did in hotels. We love the show and have a great time. A melancholic sensation runs through my veins and does remind me so many nice moments we had together.

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Nevada, the Silver State

13-14/06/2013

Dopo le ultime settimane di intense attivitá, escursioni, hiking e pennichelle sotto le stelle, Bert e io abbiamo deciso di comune accordo di concederci un paio di giorni di relax e festeggiare cosí il nostro primo mese di viaggio. Dopo un abbondante brunch nella ridente cittadina di St. George, in cui Bert assaggia un deliziosa zuppa di fagioli neri contenuta in un soffice panino caldo (finalmente qualcosa che non sia un hamburger), continuiamo verso Sud direzione Las Vegas.

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Arriviamo cosí  a Mesquite, un tempo terra di indiani Paiute e antiche tradizioni, oggi completamente trasformata e urbanizzata probabilmente a causa dell’estrema vicinanza con la cittá del gioco per eccellenza. Entriamo quindi in Nevada, soprannominata the Silver State, data l’influenza che in passato l’argento ha avuto sulla sua economia,  ma anche il Paese del gioco e del vizio. Ci fermiamo in un paio di hotel per informarci su prezzi e disponibilitá per passare la notte ma ci rendiamo subito conto che i prezzi sono al di sopra del nostro budget. Chiediamo quindi ai gentili ragazzi del front desk se c’è la possibilitá nei dintorni di trovare qualcosa di piú abordabile. La risposta alla nostra domanda per loro sembra essere piú che scontata, per noi invece alquanto insolita. Ci dicono: “Provate al Casinó all’angolo”. C A S I N Ò??? Quel casinó lí, quel palazzo accanto di non so quanti piani, ricoperto di luci e led imponenti dove la gente cerca di ingannare la fortuna e sbarcare il lunario??? O_O Io, personalmente, non sapevo nemmeno si potesse dormire in un casinó, figuriamoci immaginare che fosse l’opzione piú economica in giro!!! Ebbene sí gente, quasi tutti i casinó in zona sono anche hotel con un fantastico rapporto qualitá -prezzo. Il ragionamento in fin dei conti é piú che logico: attirare piú gente possibile offrendo una vasta gamma di servizi  a prezzi ultra modici per poi guadagnarci tutto con il gioco. Perché chiedere ai propri clienti di pagare un prezzo esagerato per passare la notte, lasciandoli senza un centesimo da investire nelle scommesse? Perché invece non coccolarli e farli sentire a proprio agio mettendoli cosí nelle condizioni migliori per sperperare i risparmi di una vita?? Dei geni!!! Indubbiamente! Il trucco per risparmiare sta quindi semplicemente nel non cascarci, chiudere gli occhi e non cedere alle tentazioni del Blackjack.

Spinti dalla curiositá ci dirigiamo increduli verso il Virgin River Hotel Casino. Entriamo nella hall e mentre la vita reale si chiude alle nostre spalle, davanti a noi si apre un nuovo mondo fatto di luci accecanti, cameriere in mini gonne e grembiulini, tintinnio di monete e slot machines, tavoli da poker e videogames.

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Alla fine il prezzo risulta essere davvero cosí conveniente come ci avevano riferito. Appena 38 dollari per una stanza con due mega letti e bagno privato, servizio di lavanderia, ristorante aperto h24, vista sulla piscina e idromassaggio 😉 Niente male non vi pare?

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Ne approfittiamo quindi per lavare un pó di roba, riprenderci dal caldo opprimente degli ultimi giorni e aggiornare il nostro blog che ha davvero bisogno di una bella rinfrescata.

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On the road

03/06/2013

To travel means to move, to go from town to town and from city to city and in our case from Idaho Falls to West Yellowstone. Nice for us to pass all those landscapes and little farm places and to say more than once: “Look, it’s like in the movies!”. But there is, beloved readers, not more to tell apart from the fact that we are climbing towards Yellowstone National Park and that we feel a bit like being tired of the height difference. We are children of the sun, heat and sea, and none of them are here… we feel orphans between these big rising giant covered with snow.

If you are planning to visit Yellowstone National Park, entering from the West entrance, we think the best option is entering directly. West Yellowstone village exists because people take it as the last stop before entering in the park so in this town shopping and lodging are actually more expensive as most Yellowstone alternatives.

Thank you for reading. We’ll write you tomorrow.

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