Livingston


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Published: December 29th 2007
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After a great night's sleep we are woken at 8.30 by the hostel owner. He knows of a boat leaving to Livingston and asks if we are ready! Luckily it's not leaving for an hour so we book onto it and then I go off in search of breakfast and to buy some bananas for Fay who is back in bed. We board the boat right at our hostel so no walking in the rain at all. We imagine the trip will take about an hour tops... Little did we know this was also a tour, not just a taxi.
First we do the rounds to pick up people from other hotels around the bay. By 10.30 we have made no significant process and even make a stop next to our hotel to get off and pay! Then we start off in the wrong direction. We stop to see an old fort and then circle back. We stop again to see bird island, which is as it says, an island of shrubery covered in birds. Next is a 20ft patch of hot water which smells of eggs, apparently some naturally occuring thermal bath. Not really large enough to rave about though. Fay gets back in the boat to start a trend, which luckily works and everyone gets on for us to leave. Next is a water lily jungle and then masses of scenery all the way to Livingston.
We are greeted by many locals wanting a tip to take us to a hotel. We start walking to the one we have been recommended, but get accompanied by two locals anyway. Casa de la Iguana is full so we check into a cheap place a few doors down, it turns out to be cheaper than the hostel!
The weather on the Caribbean side is still in rainy season so it's not great, and means there isn't much to do. We are just excited to see other people after the week with only each other's company, so have a few crazy night's out. Iguana's is buzzing every night.


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