Rosemary McAllister

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Rosemary McAllister

Going to Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Honduras, the Bay Islands, and Texas. Yay!

Next stop was Comayagua, the former capital of Honduras, known for its colonial architecture. I stayed two nights here. It was a bit underwhelming, but there were definitely some nice churches, and a cool cafe or two, that made the stop not a total bust. Stayed at the "Hotel American Inc.", with nary an American in sight. Somewhat generic, with broken internet, but clean enough, with actual working hot water. Saw very few other tourists during my stay, only perhaps three or four, which was kind of neat in some ways, but one of the times when I felt a little bit more lonely than usual. Normal enough while travelling solo, and hanging around in the main town square was good for people watching. The city hall and main cathedral are the focus points of the ... read more

Lago de Yojoa Part 2: Sorry, have totally forgot to update my blog. Arrrgh! As I've mentioned, lots of great people around the hostel, and for the last two days I ended up doing some stuff with some of them. The third day's morning was spent in an almost futile effort to get cash... Neither of the town's two main banks had ATMs that were working, and the next closest town didn't even have a bank! Had to resort to using my emergency traveller's cheques at the main bank. Spent a good forty minutes watching the bank staff run back and forth, conferring with each other, trying to find the right paperwork, etc... I doubt most of them has even seen a traveller's cheque before, let alone cashed one in. Between running around between banks and ... read more

La Ceiba itself was a fairly dirty, characterless big city, so I left the next day to go to the Cuero y Salado wildlife reserve. The town near it, La Union, is 30 km from La Ceiba according to my guidebook. Took 1.5 hours to get there on a crappy converted schoolbus. Great road systems. Got to the town, then took a narrow gauge train the rest of the way, (about 10 km), another three quarters of an hour. While waiting for the train a guy asked me what I was doing here? Guess they don't get a lot of tourists. Not a lot of tourists is right... I was literally the only visitor! Small village around the visitor centre, and some rangers to look out for poachers, but I was definitely the only gringo. They ... read more

After a slightly convoluted bus journey, I arrived at the D&D Hostel and Microbrewery, by Lago de Yojoa, (Yojoa Lake) a huge volcanically formed lake to the west of the middle of the country. It's a few minutes bus from the (small) main town, but the hostel has a restaurant, and it's such a nice setting there's almost no incentive to go elsewhere. The grounds are lush, beautiful gardens, and in addition to two 4-person dorms, they have private rooms and cabins. There's also hammocks, a communal hang-out/dining area, and a small pool. Not bad for $6 a night. The restaurant had a fairly simple menu, but good food. Nice chocolate cake, too. They also serve drinks, including their own homemade beers and sodas. Especially good was the rootbeer, made from herbs grown on the property, ... read more

Next day in Tela I went to the Lancetilla Botanical Gardens, one of the largest in the world, I think. It's a few kilometres out of the town, but my hotel rents bicycles, so I was going to rent one to get out there.... Or not. I'm glad I know bikes, and that I checked them out. Of maybe seven or eight bicycles, the only ones without flat tires had either jammed gear shifts, or loose brakes! Yikes! I told the hotel staff and they looked at me blankly. So, plan B, got a cab, then arranged pick up in a couple hours time, and wandered around. The map they gave me of the gardens was extremely unreliable, and since it was a weekday, I was basically the only visitor, but I made my way around ... read more

Tela is a smaller, beach town, a bit nicer than La Ceiba. Horribly hot and muggy, so I admit to splurging on a place with actual air conditioning, and (theoretically) hot water. The hot water worked on the first night, but not the second, after the electrical built in water heater on the shower hose (yes, exactly as sketchy as it sounds) shorted out due to a frayed wire and almost electrocuted me when I tried to fix it. I'll stick with cold water, I think. Booked a tour to the Jeanette Kawas National Park for the morning after I arrived. Named after an assassinated conservation activist, it's about 45 minutes away from Tela by motorboat. Went on a walk in the reserve. Lots of birds and about a dozen howler monkeys. VERY loud, and we ... read more

South America » Ecuador May 28th 2012

On Ecuador: Spent twenty four days in Ecuador, in several different areas. Overall I was impressed by the country. Great scenery and wildlife, mostly very friendly people, good weather. Some bad parts, but overall a very good trip. Quick breakdown of a few things. Where I went: Quito, the equator line, Banos, Ambato, Tena, the Galapagos Islands, Otavalo, Mindo, Guayaquil, and Cuenca. How I travelled: bus, car, plane, and boat (the Guantanamera yacht in the Galapagos). Highlights: the Galapagos in general, snorkeling in the Galapagos the hummingbirds and frogs of Mindo, the bat cave outside Tena, the chocolate, the fresh fruit, the scenery, the people, and the architecture, and getting a new hat and lovely alpaca sweater. Lowlights: the food, the bus accident, the cancellation of the rainforest tour, getting a bad sunburn, the attempted pickpocketing, ... read more

Roatan: Flew from Quito, Ecuador, back up to Miami, and back down again to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Pretty silly way of doing it, but that's what worked out. Stayed in an unremarkable sort of hostel for one night, then a quick flight to Roatan, part of the Bay Islands, off the coast of Honduras. Was occupied by the British for a while, so a lot of English speakers there, and enough gringoes that US dollars are accepted almost as easily as lempiras (a 19 to $1 exchange rate). The big draw is the coral reefs around the island, offering some of the best and cheapest diving in the world. Especially good for beginners, with a lot of safe, experienced instructors, mild currents, clear warm water, etc. Most are registered and monitored by PADI, the world's ... read more

South America » Ecuador May 18th 2012

May 16 to May 19th: Woke up, checked email, and saw no word from Kevin (as you know from previous blog post). Had an interesting and eventful morning in Quito. Had a great breakfast included in the cost of the hostel (pancakes, fruit, eggs, tea, passionfruit juice), but was then taken to the wrong museum in the morning. Turns out the national museum of Ecuador, and the exceedingly dull national Bank of Ecuador museum have very similar names. Didn't have time to go to the other museum, but decided to walk through the old town to the tallest church in Ecuador, where you can climb up to the top of the bell tower. On the way, I narrowly avoided falling victim to one of the classic travel scams... Someone throws a foul smelling liquid on you, ... read more

South America » Ecuador May 15th 2012

Hello all! Sorry I have been remiss in updating my blog. Some things happened, and I didn't want to blog about it until I had sorted things out a bit better, but that looks like it will be too long to wait. I don't want to be too accusatory, but this is my take on the events so to speak, that resulted in me traveling on my own a few days earlier than I anticipated. Kevin is, after all, the one who initially requested me to blog about what happened on my trip, and he has refused to explain his actions to me, so here we go. Tuesday, May 15 Today we were due to fly out of Cuenca in the afternoon, but did some exploring in the morning. Went to a great fruit, veg, and ... read more

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