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Living and trotting around the globe, seeking adventure and following my dreams is my way of life. A teacher of English as a foreign language on three continents, a Spanish and Thai speaker, home is currently in Guatemala where I live my passions as a freelance travel writer and photographer.

  • Hometown

    England

  • Location now

    Guatemala

  • Work published

    V!VA Travel Guides Guatemala Guidebook

    International Living Magazine and website

    Revue Magazine

    Check out my travel photo blog at loca4motion.com

  • Travel philosophy

    Travel with an open heart and an open mind with no expectations except to expect the unexpected.

  • Craziest place

    Guatemala. Nothing can be crazier than people dancing around in the street to the rhythm of fireworks exploding from their own bodies after consuming hefty amounts of alcohol. The boom and crackle of bombas and firecrackers exploding in the streets is a daily occurrence.

  • Bizarre experience

    My most bizarre cultural experience was witnessing the religious processions during the ten day Phuket Vegetarian Festival in Thailand. Locals of Chinese ancestry performed the most gruesome looking face and body piercings. These were believed to spiritually purify their souls along with a strictly vegetarian diet, meditation and abstinence from sex throughout the festival. Devotees first went into a trance-like state before the mutilation began. They drove sharp objects, including spikes, blades, saws and umbrellas through their cheeks and tongues and hung heavy objects on each end. While they were in this state apparently they felt little pain and minimal scarring resulted after. It was a very gory experience and definitely not for the weak hearted!

  • Advice

    If you find yourself lost, enjoy the moment. You will always end up where you want to go and the surprises along the way all add to life's experiences. If things go wrong, stay calm, especially when dealing with officials. Be flexible and adapt as much as you can to your surroundings. Learn the do's and don't of a country and a little of the language. Be respectful of all cultures and don't speak badly of religion or politics no matter what your views are. In some countries it can land you in jail!

  • Dream destination

    Anywhere that touches all the senses with language and music, aroma and taste, color and costumes and traditions and the feel of heat and salt and dust on the skin. Anywhere that it's impossible for me to lay down my camera.

  • Traveled before

    Argentina, Australia, Bali, Belize, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, China, Costa RIca, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, The Netherlands, Uruguay, USA

  • Going next

    Exploring more untrodden paths in Thailand and S.E. Asia.

Lucy Brown's Guide Book Entries

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  • Tours

    Jan 29, 2010 - Antigua, Guatemala

    Antigua is flooded with a whole variety of tours within the city and surrounding areas. Guided walking tours lead you ......

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  • Accommodation Summary

    Jan 29, 2010 - Antigua, Guatemala

    Antigua is the king of sleeps. Almost every street is packed with hotels of all descriptions so you are guaranteed ......

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  • Services

    Jan 29, 2010 - Antigua, Guatemala

    Emergencies Call 1500 toll free within Guatemala to speak to a bilingual operator from ASISTUR who will connect you to ......

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Destinations

  • Antigua

    Mar 04, 2005 - Antigua, Guatemala

    In a highland valley some 1500 meters above sea level, the charming colonial city of Antigua lies, surrounded by three ......

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Hotels

  • Hotel Posada San Pedro

    Nov 02, 2009 - Antigua, Guatemala

    The main branch of the Hotel Posada San Pedro is a small, quiet inn located three blocks from Antigua's central ......

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  • Hotel el Meson de Maria

    Nov 02, 2009 - Antigua, Guatemala

    An elegant and beautiful hotel right in the tourist core of Antigua, the Hotel el Meson de Maria is a ......

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  • Posada Del Angel

    Nov 02, 2009 - Antigua, Guatemala

    This exclusive boutique hotel exudes elegance and luxury, and is perfect for honeymooners or those on a romantic getaway. Each ......

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Restaurants

  • Ni-fu Ni-fa

    Feb 11, 2010 - Antigua, Guatemala

    If you crave a big, fat, juicy, steak when in Guatemala, head for Ni-FU Ni-FA. This Argentine steakhouse with a ......

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  • Caffé Bourbon

    Feb 11, 2010 - Antigua, Guatemala

    The brand spanking new (November 2009) Caffé Bourbon Jazz Bistro has a prime location on the main tourist avenida, a ......

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  • Tartines

    Feb 11, 2010 - Antigua, Guatemala

    The French-style Tartines, just a few steps from the central park, is a great lunch spot. It serves quality, mouthwatering ......

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Activities

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Tours

  • Guatemala Ventures

    Oct 27, 2009 - Antigua, Guatemala

    Guatemala Ventures offers a variety of outdoor excursions all over the country. Pedal their Highland to Island mountain biking circuit, ......

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  • CATours

    Oct 26, 2009 - Antigua, Guatemala

    For those looking for adventures of the two-wheeled kind, look no further than CATours. Based inside MOTO Café, Antigua's resident ......

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  • Old Town Outfitters

    Oct 26, 2009 - Antigua, Guatemala

    If you are up for a bit of exploring, head to specialty outdoor equipment store and adventure travel company Old ......

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Schools

  • El Mundo del Español

    Oct 27, 2009 - Antigua, Guatemala

    This small, affordable school offers regular classes and specialized courses for travelers, including two-week survival and retiree programs. Kids' classes, ......

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  • COINED Spanish School

    Oct 27, 2009 - Antigua, Guatemala

    This friendly school offers a variety of Spanish courses, including intensive, business and medical classes, DELE Certificate preparation and combinations ......

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  • Spanish School San José el Viejo

    Oct 27, 2009 - Antigua, Guatemala

    This school has a solid reputation and gorgeous facilities. Set in stunning, landscaped gardens, the school building used to be ......

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Services

  • Communications

    Aug 20, 2009 - Antigua, Guatemala

    Internet Internet cafés swamp the town. The following have good connection, printing, CD burning, headsets and webcam for Skype. WiFi ......

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  • INGUAT Tourism Office

    Aug 20, 2009 - Antigua, Guatemala

    Pick the brains of the helpful, bilingual staff, who are happy to answer any questions (Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 ......

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