Day 83 – Antigua, GU

Day 83 – Antigua, GU     11/12/10     Mileage: 0

Last day of school (for now) today and despite what I think was a good effort I’m still struggling with even the most basic conversation. The students had another “recital” and mine was a recipe for cocadas…a local favorite similar to macaroons. So after bidding farewell to Christina and Probigua, I went back to the hotel to study before dinner. I actually had dinner plans tonight, not with some hot Latin number, but with two of my classmates…Max (from Zurich, Switzerland) and Alan (from Bavaria in southern Germany). I had mentioned to Max that I love fondue and have several fondue pots from Switzerland…and even a Swissmar raclette grill. Well, he saw an ad for a restaurant in Antigua that had Swiss fondue, so he proposed we give it a try. It was a short walk from the Black Cat to Cafe Teatro which is a very quaint place.

L to R: Alan, me and Max

The cool mountain air and setting also seemed to make fondue a more appropriate dinner choice than one might think. It also of course helps that we stumbled into the one place in Antigua that is owned by a Swiss ex-pat!

 Alan, the owner of Cafe Teatro has been living in Antigua for 11 years and is originally from Lozan, Switzerland!

Me and Alan, the owner of Cafe Teatro

Needless to say the fondue was excellent, and I even learned something new! Just before the fondue was finished, Alan (the owner) came over and asked if we’d like a raw egg. Max said yes and Alan cracked an egg into what was left of the fondue which gave us a few more savory bites. It was an awesome meal and great fun, and what would make it perfect was of course to cap it off with a nice strong schnapps! Well, unfortunately Alan didn’t have any on hand but Max asked what he would recommend as an alternate digestive, and he recommended…tequila! Lol! Well, we are still in Central America after all, so you work with what you got.

After we finished sipping our top shelf tequila, we said auf wiedersehen to Alan and Cafe Teatro and went out for a beer. We ended up in Cafe No Se where we had another couple of beers before sampling what Café No Se is really known for…mescal! The owner has his own mescal distillery in southern Mexico and he imports it. We tried 3 ages…joven (non-aged), 6 months and 1 year. There was quite a taste difference between the 3 which was interesting, but neither of us really cared for it much. I also bumped in Caroline who was there with some other Peace Corp friends.

We chatted for a bit and she helped me with my Spanish…it seems I learn better with a few drinks in me! Lol. After that it was back to the Black Cat to call it a night.

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4 Responses to Day 83 – Antigua, GU

  1. Carla Friedman says:

    Boy you take after me in languages. I had to drop Spanish in college. Thought I could do the entensive summer thing at OCC. After 5 days I was a goner. But when I took it at Georgian Court I took conversation and the “smart” kids would ask me “how is your family”. And I could answer in two words but when you asked them they went on for ever so it was a good match. Love the fondue and all the exciting people and places you are meeting, going and the yummy food you are trying.

  2. Jilly says:

    Hola, glad you’re continuing our fondue lovin’ tradition!!!! Remember that first time we saw raclette in Quebec at Mt. Tremblant….that was one amazing hunk of melting cheese heaven! LOL I’ll have to break mine out this winter, show Abby & Charley the love early on! ox

  3. Arlene says:

    Just got home from a great weekend in Connecticut and had a great time at the wedding. Saw lots of people we haven’t seen in a while and enjoyed some great stories. Saw your guidance counselor from intermediate school and she will try to read your blog. She thinks it is just great what you are doing. Everyone thinks that it is great what you are doing. But you are my son and I guess I would like hearing it about someone elses son.

    Your blog sure does show how much you love what you are doing and we are so happy about that. . Dad and I loved reading the last few days and sounds like you are having a grand time and meeting such interesting and traveled people. Now, how about learning Spanish???? Ha, Ha, Ha.

    Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. Love ya, Mom

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