Guatemala is closed

Guatemala is closed today. At least that’s how it felt – especially this morning. I am used to just winning my travels, but hadn’t really thought through the fact that today is a national holiday. Nothing is open. Not even McDonalds or the convenience stores. I walked around the area by hotel this morning for a couple of hours and it felt like a neutron bomb had gone off. The buildings were there but nothing was open and there was hardly a person on the street.
About noon I made may to the old historic center of the city. While nearly everything around it is closed, the plaza is full of people and street vendors. The Cathedral was standing room only for the noon mass. After noon a few places opened. I found a little tacqueria and am enjoying my second cervaza (beer) as I write this. $10 for two tacos and two beers in an upscale place – including tip.

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