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Central America Caribbean » Guatemala February 13th 2015

The journey from Mexico to Guatemala took us through our first land border crossing of the trip, and what a crossing it turned out to be. It sounded simple enough; a 7am shuttle from San Cristobal da Las Casas to the border where your passport is stamped and you switch buses for the five hour drive to Lake Atitlan, our first port of call in Guatemala. We were told the whole trip should take no longer than eight hours, a short journey in comparison to some others we have made previously. But, as expected, things never go according to plan and the unexpected can, and will, happen in this part of the world. The two hour journey from the Mexican Highlands to the border went smoothly enough and we even had time for one last Mexican ... read more
Mexican/Guatemalan 'border control'
Lake Atitlan
Santiago - Lake Atitlan

I hate this part...................the end of a trip, so I'll recount the last couple of days and maybe have one more post after tonight's sunset cruise. One of the best parts of any trip are the people you meet from around the world who just like you, have decided to enjoy life by visiting other countries and sampling other cultures. This trip was no exception. Let me start with the people of Placencia Village. They are kind, helpful and very grateful you chose their village to visit. The vendors we have met and traded with on the beach are courteous and friendly, and are not that person in the U.S. you try not to look at when you pull up to a stop sign or stop light holding a sign asking you if you can spare ... read more
Tipsy Tuna Bar and Grill
Jim on the paddle board
Beach where we tried paddle boarding

Thursday February 12th, 2015. Scarborough, Tobago Trinidad and Tobago is an independent nation and Republic within the Commonwealth. Tobago, the smaller of the two islands and 22 miles north east of Trinidad, features lush rainforest and glorious beaches and is surrounded by colourful coral reefs with more than 600 species of fish. Winner of the World Travel Awards 'Best Eco Destination in the World', Tobago has over 6,000 species of plants and animals including one of the highest densities of bird species in the world. It is a nature lover's paradise. Although it is only 26 miles by 7 the island has hundreds of species of birds, plants flowers and wildlife and the oldest protected rainforest in the Western hemisphere. The climate is tropical and the island lies just to the south of the Atlantic hurricane ... read more
15. Castara Bay
19. Pigeon Point Beach
23. The Pier at Pigeon Point

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Matanzas February 11th 2015

Angels Along the Way (blog by Kim) I have been surrounded by angels here in Cuba, and some of the most significant are members of the animal kingdom. Since my dad’s illness and death, they profoundly communicated the loving and consoling presence of God. Since we came to Cuba, one of the employees has brought his goat to the seminary to graze in various parts of the campus. He is white and reminded me of a photo of my dad when he was a young child in a cart pulled by a white goat. The goat at the seminary is called, “Blanquito,” which means “Whitey.” I started feeding Whitey a long while back and found out that he really likes mint, flowers and mustard greens. He also likes banana peels. When I first started to feed ... read more
Young Ed Christman with Goat
Christmas Program Enjoyed by the Cat

Wednesday February 11th, 2015. Kingstown St Vincent and Bequia St Vincent is the largest of the Grenadines. St Vincent is often referred to as "the mainland" by inhabitants of the other, much smaller, Grenadine Islands. A necklace of 32 islands and cays, only 9 of them inhabited, St Vincent and the Grenadines is one of the most popular destinations in the world for leisure sailors, divers and snorkelers. There is little flat terrain on St Vincent. the windward coast is very rocky while the leeward coast boasts sandy bays and beaches. St Vincent was once known as 'Hairouna' by the Carib Indians who aggressively prevented European settlement until the beginning of the 18th century. African slaves were imported to support the plantation economy which eventually declined after the abolition of slavery and depressed world sugar prices. ... read more
11. Four Sunbeds with Our Names On - Bequia
12. Industry Bay, Bequia
18. Mixing with the Local Brits

Central America Caribbean » Saint Lucia February 10th 2015

Tuesday February 10th 2015. Castries, St Lucia, Castries is the capital and largest city in St Lucia (pronounced Saint LOO-sha). The city is in a flood gut and is built on reclaimed land. It houses the seat of government and the head offices of many foreign and local businesses. The city is designed in a grid pattern simlar to New York but on a much smaller scale. Its sheltered harbour receives cargo vessels and fetty boats as well as cruise ships. The city was founded by the French in 1650 as Carenage which means safe anchorage when the island was purchased by the Governor of Martinique. We approached the island passing its dramatic twin peaks the Pitons which soar 2,000 feet up from the sea sheltering magnificent rainforests and orchards of bananas coconut mango and papaya. ... read more
2. Our Guide Sharon
3. An Aerial Tram
18. D on the Tram

Central America Caribbean » Nicaragua February 10th 2015

When I was teenager in the '70s I read about the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua; about Sandino and Carlos Fonseca and their compañeros, how they confronted and eventually triumphed over the injustice and brutality of the Somoza dictatorship. Since that time, I have wanted to come to Nicaragua and see the land of the Sandinistas. On Sunday we left Salinas Bay, Costa Rica, crossed the border at Peñas Blancas and headed to Granada on Lake Nicaragua. Nicaragua - the name conjures images in my head; of lakes and volcanoes, of bearded heroes in jungle green and dark eyed women with firey eyes, of a colourful, passionate and friendly people, farming rice and beans, corn and cattle, wearing cowboy hats, bandanas and long leather boots, suffering despots, continuous US interference and Contras, and becoming fearsome guerrillas when ... read more
Colourful Granada street
Masaya Volcanoe

It's been a few days so I have some catching up to do! I think the last time I posted, it was last Wednesday after our fishing/snorkeling tour and then our boat dive on Tuesday. Wednesday we took the day off and relaxed by the pool. It was somewhat cloudy and the locals said their was a "cool front" coming through from up north, so we stayed close to home. Thursday was another day of rest and lounging by the pool. Friday we decided to try our hand at being our own inland tour guides and to visit a chocolate factory and a spice farm. These tours are normally about $85 per person when using the local tour guides but since we have access to a vehicle we decided to try the tour on our own. ... read more
William Walton Originals
The Not So Famous Yet William Walton
Lion Fish

Central America Caribbean » Cuba February 9th 2015

We're really enjoying our GAdventure tour of western Cuba entitled "Cuba Libre". We've got a great group of 8 people and are having lots of fun together. We have Nicola and Natalie from Australia, Nicole from the U.K., Ben from Montreal, our tour guide Andy and our bus drive Jose from Cuba. We travel around in a 24 passanger bus so we've got lots of room to spread out. Unfortunately another couple from Australia didn't show so we were down to 6 which is quite samll compared to the average size of 12. Our local tour guide "Andy" is such a fun and friendly young man and is a wealth of knowledge about Cuba and its way of life. We were interested in hearing what life is like in Cuba under the communistic system. He said ... read more
Andy, Jose and I
Warren sitting in the front of the bus!
Co Pilot!

Monday 9th February, 2015. St Kitts & Nevis We awoke early as we wanted to catch the public ferry to Nevis. We had already established that this departed at 9.30 am by using the internet at Sprout's place. We had a posh breakfast and as soon as the ship cleared we disembarked and made our way to the ferry dock. We arrived about 40 minutes early and the ticket office was not open. We sat in the waiting area and were joined by fellow passengers John and Pat who we quite often meet in Dexter's Bar. From the ferry port we could see the Azores and a Norwegian Cruise Line ship in the Cruise Dock. The Azoes looked so tiny next to the big liner. When the tick office opened D purchased the tickets and paid ... read more
6. M on the ferry
17. M at the Very Hot Springs
7. Nevis From the Ferry

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