Blogs from Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras, Central America Caribbean - page 10


West End Girls - Guest Bloggers, Heather and Jane return The majority of the group booked a snorkelling trip, whilst Heather and Jane set out in search of adventure. First, we ventured out for an authentic Honduran breakfast and watched the rest of the party leave the dock and sail away - only to pull into the shore about 100 metres further along. All disembarked and were gone for some time - why, we never really did find out, but suspected it might have been a desperately needed toilet stop or even a fridge magnet alert. {They obviously didn't spot that we were wearing flippers and snorkels when we came out of the shop! - Steve} Once we had seen them safely back on board and waved them off for the day, we set out on ... read more
About to go Under
West End Boys !!!
Best Boat On The Island, Huh?

I hit the beach for 4 hours this morning. Whoops. My go hard or go home attitude is sending me home with a smidge of a sunburn. Just a few select areas. I put my lotion in the mini fridge to chill. Hopefully it will brown nicely and I’ll look like all the Italians who are staying here. After my over-zealous tanning, I went for a walk along the main road, trying to get some decent photos from the top of a hill. On my exhausted walk home, I took a new route which led me horribly out of the way. However it was certainly worth while... A look-out tower! Which looked sturdy enough, so naturally I climbed it. Ladder 1: fine. Level 1: fine. condom wrapper. Ladder 2: started swaying the entire structure. like a ... read more
Road sign.
Looking down on West Bay.
Rickety tower.

Monsoon in the morning! Fortunately I had already been to town and back before it started. I ended up at Rudy’s again, as no one else had internet or was open at 7:15am. I tried the "typical" breakfast - that's actually what they call it. Fried eggs, corn tortillas, white cheese (seems similar to feta), refried red beans. I made my own little baleadas. Better with avocado, but still good. I said a sad good-bye to Lands End (and Noah and Margaret) and was whisked away to Las Sirenas. I hardly know where to begin. There’s a remote to control the AC. And they slapped a silly yellow bracelet on my arm. This bracelet = free food and drinks etc. Including alcohol. What?! This is crazy. My room smells like candy and under the sink smells ... read more
The new pool.
Far end of West Bay.

This morning started with feeding the deer breakfast again, and learning my hotel’s internet was still out. So I trekked into town for another watermelon smoothie and some email time. (Rudy says his smoothies are just watermelon, a little sugar, and TLC.) Then I took a water taxi to the cruise ship destination known as West Bay. The beach is beautiful. I see what all the fuss is about. So, after falling in love with a hotel along the beach, I made a reservation there for Friday and Saturday. Two days of slightly over indulgent luxury. I will have reliable internet service, no bugs, and as much AC as I want! I will miss the deer, but I am sucker for a place that puts little umbrellas in the drinks. ... read more
Hello West Bay!

Last night I danced with the devil. I ate a salad. And now I am feeling less than 100%. I just wanted a vegetable! How can I be expected to live off of tortillas and beans!? For a month! This morning I woke, and fed the deer breakfast. I bought their favorites yesterday - apples, potatoes, and tomatoes. The one with the biggest horns eats first and with the least hesitation. The baby or maybe a doe, eats second and is a bit more skittish. And the one with the mini horns seemed to stand guard while the other two ate. He finally came over after he seemed to deem the area free of any threats. And then I ate my breakfast. Noah and his mom were discussing the Iguana Farm over breakfast, and various, sometimes ... read more
The leader of the pack.
Pura Vida pizza.
The Green Flash!


(Day 851 on the road) In travelling, a companion. In life, compassion. I am not much of a philosopher most of times, but can't help to be utterly fascinated by this ancient Japanese proverb. In travelling, a companion. In life, compassion. (In Japanese: 旅は道連れ世は情け たびはみちづれよはなさけ - Tabi wa michizure Yo wa nasake). There is so much in this short saying that it is simply mind boggling. No matter how much time I spent thinking about it, on endless bus journeys or at night when I can't fall asleep, I can never quite get to the bottom of it I feel. I can't remember where I heard it first but recently, and totally unexpectedly, I came across it again in a Murakami book (Kafka on the Shore), where the 15-year old protagonist, Kafka, explains it "that chance ... read more
Young lovers (Kristina and Tino) near Half Moon Bay on Roatan
Threatening clouds on Roatan
Mystic Rio Cangrejal at dusk

From “The Art of Racing the Rain”… “I marveled at them both; how difficult it must be to be a person. To constantly subvert your desires. To worry about doing the right thing, rather than doing what is most expedient. At that moment, honestly, I had grave doubts as to my ability to interact on such a level. I wondered if I could ever be the human I hoped to be.” I borrowed “The Art of Racing the Rain” from Adi’s office when I checked in yesterday. And finished it this morning during breakfast. Now he thinks I’m some speed reading prodigy. I tried to explain it’s just an easy read. But he gave me a 700 page tiny print book to read next. Staying at his hotel is like staying at his house. It’s a ... read more
Some sketchy alley cat.
The horse!
The end of West End.

Arrived in Roatan today. Beach: check. Sun: check. Lots of cool places to check out: check. I already bought a ring, a treat for ryan and 2 bracelets. I cannot wait to slurp my way through the entire smoothie menu at Rudy's. And I haven't even been to the Iguana Farm! I am very happy here so far. My dive instructor is also the bartender at my hotel, and he recommended I snorkel tomorrow, just to get used to the water and the mask. Then diving for 4 days! More to come tomorrow, as tonight is "movie night" at the hotel, which is a safe night time activity for me. I am still getting used to "island time" which seems to be at least 30 minutes later than the given time. ... read more
View from the pool
Lounge at the hotel

Our sights were firmly set on the North Coast of Honduras, before we had even crossed the border.  It's a pretty simple crossing at Los Manos, but the CA4 agreement means that you don't get a stamp if you are entering and exiting from other CA4 countries.  Without thinking, we told them we were going to Guatemala next, when a simple "Belize" would gave got us our Honduran stamp. $3 and no stamp, devastating.  By nightfall we had reached Comayagua with a series of well timed bus connections.  We thought of going further, but Nic was feeling tired and had a headache.  No matter how the guide books dress it up as a "colonial" town, it's rubbish!!  The cathedral and parque central pass muster as picturesque, but don't take up more than 20 minutes of your ... read more
Paradise ...
Monkey Lala
West End Boy

Roatan, honduras, Milton Bay, 29 Avril, 2010. Il y a longtemps que je n' avais pas écrit sur Travel Blog. Il en fera 2 semaines que je suis ici, devinez pourquoi, pour la plongée évidemment.Aujourd' hui j' ai plongé avec les requins de vrais et de gros. Si prêt qu' on aurais pu "les flatter". Ils ont bien averti que ce n' était pas de "Pets", qu' il en demeure de redoutables prédateurs. J' ai encore l' image de l' oeil qui m' a regardé (il a bougé) en passant prêt de moi. Une expérience inoubliable. J' ai le vidéo de cette plongée.... read more

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