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On my fifth day in San Pedro, when my back was still sore but feeling a bit better, I joined my friends Marlies and Jorien (a pair of Dutch girls I'd studied with in Antigua), and another Dutch boy and we explored a nearby lakeside town: San Marcos. I'm not sure I could have survived in San Marcos for more than an afternoon. It was the kind of place where you could fill up on vegetables, spend the morning doing yoga and the afternoon getting your inner chakra balanced while sipping an herbal concoction meant to cleanse your aura. That...

I arrived in San Pedro La Laguna on the suggestion of just about everyone I'd met. It was meant to be a lovely place. It was meant to be fun, relaxing. It seemed like the perfect distraction after studying Spanish for a month in Antigua. And it was pretty. For about 5 minutes. Until I realized that there isn't really any place to go to enjoy the beauty of the lake. And until I realized that everyone there is either a hippy or just wants to snort coke and take acid. Or both. I mean, really, I don't know what...