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First Border Crossing

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We left our little hut in El Panchan suuuuper early in the morning

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A grueling trip to Guatemala today. Though everything seemed to go smoothly until the border. There we were scammed by Mexican officials of $50, which meant we had only the equivalent of $2 when we got to the Guatemalan side (plus $400 in $100 bills that we were loathe to exchange at such a poor rate). It wasn't enough for the bus fare to Flores, and there wasn't a bank that could exchange money for miles around, so Chris had to pawn his watch for $10 in order to get us to our destination. Supposing he hadn't done that. I wonder if we would have made the driver wait for us at the ATM or if we would have swallowed the $10 loss in the poor exchange. It's not as if we're new at traveling, but recently it feels as though we are.

In the long run it doesn't matter much to us, and I suppose the officials we inadverdently bribed know that. I hope it is what enables them to do what they do‐‐the confidence that we will not be much harmed by it.

Posted by chschen 05:00 Archived in Mexico

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