Blogs from Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras, Central America Caribbean - page 13

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Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán February 2nd 2009

Well, it appears that the rainy season is practically over! Woohoo for sun! My feet have turned a nice brown, but that ends at the ankle and my legs are casper white... with red dots all over from the damn sandflies. Still have rain here and there, which means the seas are still a bit of a rollercoaster ride... the wooden kind. Sandflies are out in abundance though... apparently they quite like the taste of me... however i have now scratched my legs raw, and it actually stung going out on the first dive today :( woe is me Almost got to dive with the sharks last week... til the stupid cruise ship people didnt show up. I'm pretty sure that guy in the green shirt stole my tourists! I was with another intern, Jordan, who ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán January 25th 2009

Yes, but I also kicked your ass in the swim test! I've almost caught up to Jason in our dive master requirements, who arrived here two weeks before me, but it was a hectic busy two weeks, and so he didnt get started on his rescue course as early as he could. One of the things we need to do are the swim tests: an 800 meter swim with mask, snorkel, and fins, a 400 meter swim with nothing, a 100 meter diver tow, and 15 minutes treading. So the other day Jason and I did the 800 meter swim, and I kicked ass! :D Helps that I know how to swim in a straight line. Jason just swam in circles, going here, there, here over there. Did it in 14 minutes 30 seconds, but i ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán January 21st 2009

So one bad thing about living in the third world is the lack of water consistency.... wait actually its more like one of the travails of living in this crack house. Apparently we are supposed to be priming the pump every day, but none of us knew that. So of course the water ran out yesterday. When we have no water, the kitchen becomes a condemned zone. But its nice knowing your neighbours, just ran down now to wash a fork for my dinner. Of course, since none of the glasses are clean, we are passing the wine bottle around. So I got my rescue diver certification last week. Yea I can rescue people! I had to do the skills first in the pool, did fine there except I couldnt find the ring at the bottom. ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán January 18th 2009

So heres a brief insight to the hilarities of living on a tropical island: Bugs are everywhere of course, and I have no problem with tarantulas out in the wild... i do however have a problem with baby tarantulas hanging out on my sink stand... i know im such a girl. Got a lot of bull for that one, but i very much wanted it out of my bathroom and so enlisted the guys to get rid of it for me. I do however have a huge problem with the mosquitos and sand flies that have been feasting on my legs... im pretty sure ive scratched down to the last layer of skin, and it still itches. But this has led to an amusing adventure in finding the best anti-itch cream. You would think on an ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán January 18th 2009

Lookie lookie i got.... uhm pictures. Bad rhyme :D Here they are, in all their glory, PICTURES!! Videos to come ... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán January 12th 2009

I now present: the past week! First, a brief insight into our daily lives.... wake up at 6:45, up by 6:50, throw on a bathing suit and some shorts and a tee, make my pb&j sandwich (the breakfast of champions), then the van comes to pick us up anytime after 7. Lately its been the bad van... the one where you can see the road through the floor, and you can't go over the speed bumps faster than 10mph cause it just might fall apart... get to the dive shop and open up - that consists of opening the doors and finding out how many are going out on the morning dives, then bringing all the gear down to the boat. then we wait for our one or two customers to show up (its been slow ... read more


Everyone seems to write an article about what they packed with them. Im more concerned with what I didnt bring. Mostly because it all seems to be spread out among the east coast. So here goes, a list of who has what: Grandma - two suitcases with coats, jackets, movies, shoes Luiz - Three totes of my clothes, leftover shoes, plus my pink target plastic dresser with more clothes, cds, and randoms Giosie - my dresser Deborah - my bookcase and my plates Caroline (or Luiz) - my bike Nilanj - a bag full of my coats and all the things I forgot to pack Mariska - my bedding I hope thats everything.... read more


Today was my second day at the dive shop... yea!!! But first... last night I went on a late afternoon dive, and by the time I got back to the shop all the other interns had gone home except for my roommate Nick who was out on a night dive. So I waited around for him so we could go home. A bunch of people were going out, and since I got home so way late I had already missed them. So I decided heck, I want to get out, I'll just go meet them. Well that was when I discovered I didnt know the way to the road. Walked in what turned out to be the right direction, but when I got near the harbor I thought I must be going the wrong way cause ... read more


I arrived on Roatan last night. It was dark so all i got to really see was the house. ... Might have done better if it was dark in the house too. There are only 2 girls right now doing the internship, and I havent met the other one yet. She is house sitting for one of the instructors while he's in the US, so its just me and 7 guys in what can only be described as the frat house from Animal House. Third world countries I can take, but dirty grossness not my cup of tea. The internet in the house is spotty at best, but there's a computer at the dive shop we can use. Today was my first day at the dive shop. I'm working at Turquoise Bay (where there is also ... read more


9 days in Honduras. Hours of waiting. Wrong turns. Upset stomachs. Undetermined bug bitters. Roosters crowing at every nighttime hour. interesting roommates. Sometimes I wonder why I travel. As I learned, it's not because I have excess money. Mary and I felt cheated paying $40 a night for a hotel room, but as soon as I got back to america, spending $10 at Wendy's somehow felt normal and acceptable. I think I travel to be frustrated, to be tired, to be challenged. “To be a real traveler you must be willing to give yourself over to the moment and take yourself out of the center of your universe” ~Kent Newburn Everything in this country is fast. Convenient. organized. And that is what I like about living here. Honduras was none of those things. While it was ... read more
X-mas, Honduras style
Our beloved (cough, cough) roommate
unpaved roads and rainy days = puddles!




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