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Published: July 23rd 2008
Island girls and an Aussie
The girls jump for joy on WestBay Beach, Roatan.
...is all we ate today until about an hour ago.
Welcome to our typical on the road day. I have decided that, if i had lots of money to spend on helping this part of the world, I would educate the people on proper nutrition. The food is the only thing I have been disapointed in and that´s a big one for someone who loves to eat as much as I do!! They have plenty of fruit and veggies growing, yet it is coca cola, chips and nasty candy that are found in all stores!! All we want is something healthy dammit!!! Mom, when I get home, can you please make me a meal of just salads and rhubarb pie?
ANYWAYS, my next complaint... was the terrible caribbean ocean with it insanely gorgeous blue waters, white sand, lively coral reef and endless sunshine. What a horrific past week...NOT!!! I think we found paradise. Roatan was nothing short of perfection. We didn´t get to do our scuba diving courses because they are prejudice against epileptics. It has been the only time in my life that my epilepsy has provoked me doing something I wanted to do. It really felt shitty. But Al
Two goofs on a scoots.
This picture explains itself.
was really great and supportive and said that if he did his, he would wait until Panama where I could surf. Whatta guy. I will dive one day though, don´t you worry.
So, instead of spending money on that adventure, we embarked on another. We rented a scooter. Can anyone picture Al on a scooter? haha! Yah, it was one of the funniest things ever!! His legs didn´t fit behind the front part, so he had to sit boe-legged plus, with his bright red skull cap to match his sunburned nose... Classic. I got to sit on the back and let him swallow all the bugs. We toured the entire 50km island and saw some great views. The island has lots of money but somehow we ended up following a steep dirt road for 10 minutes to find the first settlement in Honduras! We were a rare breed there and kids ran after us laughing, pointing and singing songs. We were like a parade!
For our last day on Roatan, we went to the best beach where all the ritzy hotels are. We spent the day on the beach and in the water snorkelling in the clearest water. you could
Ahhh the Caribbean
This picture does the beach no justice.
see forever. We saw all types of colorful fish and creatures including a fish that was no joke, the size of an average refrigerator. I almost pooped myself. Al still has nail marks from me grabbing his arm underwater. Needless to say, it didn´t eat us and it must have been a friendly fish because it had an entourrage of other little ones.
We spent the nights with our little possie of aussies, a brit, and fellow canucks. We even got to hear the worst karaoke that I have ever heard in my life: a caribbean/honduran man singing Shania Twain, off key of course.
We just left Roatan yesterday after extending our stay twice and twice sending our prearranged cab driver away at 6am... We took the catamarand (sorry about the spelling) ferry back to the mainland and were hoping to jump on a nice big bus and get as far as we could. We were in for a little surprise when we discovered that the busses were on strike!! Apparently everyone is pissed about gas prices!! So, after about 3 hours of alternative planning, we ended up chartering a van with our group plus 3 randoms to take us to the Nicaraguan border. It only cost us $500.00 US!!! 50 bucks each was a little more than what we were hoping to pay for transportation in a third world country, but we had air conditioning and unlimited pee pee breaks (necessary for this little lady). We stayed in a hostel last night in a honduran border town and headed to the border this morning. The semis decided they would join the gas protest. So, the border and every gas station were lined with huge trucks. Three rows of semis along a single lane highway made for a tight squeeze. It was insane. We almost got run over walking to get our passports stamped!!! But... we made it! If I didn´t have this basic spanish though, who knows where we would have ended up. The taxi and bus guys are such sharks, they´ll tell you anything to get you to go with them!
So we are in Leon, nicaragua. Home to central america´s largest cathedral. The religious brewhaha here is a little much. A man on our bus today gave a full 30 minute sermon... Something along the lines of asking god to bless our bus so that we all make it safely without shedding more blood than what Jesus has already shed for us. Wow... The drive wasn´t anywhere as bad as our guatemalan bus adventures though. So I guess his prayer worked!! There is some sort of festival going on here tonight and we went and listened to some fun Nicaraguan music. This one dude in the band was so little that his guitar hid almost all of his body. But he was rocking out, well, mariachi-ing out. We were also able to peel all the little begging kids off us long enough to go and get some hamberguesas. I think we will go nurse some cheap rum and rock in the hammocks at our hostel.
We don´t really know where we are headed next, but I think it might have to involve volcano bording... i don´t know what that means, but it sounds hardcore enough for Al and Lauren.
Keep us up to date on what you all are up to! Let us know what kind of mischeif/fun you are getting into! Thanks for all the messages and comments so far. we miss you!!
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