Blogs from Central America Caribbean - page 9


The past two weeks have really been getting properly started with my research and, of course, getting ready for carnival. Most week days we spend working - either going out and doing interviews or phoning around and sorting ourselves out. Thats another thng I love about Trinidad - everything is done by phone, no emails/texts. Its refreshing to actually talk to people and get to know them. Last weekend we went out again (standard) and ended up drinking at the main junction by our house at 4am with a guy who works in a shop which is basically a cage and our taxi driver. In hindsight, probably not the safest idea weve ever had, but being drunk and with two pretty big men, it seemed like a great idea! The next day we went to the ... read more
Mt St Benedict
Mt St Benedict
Mt St Benedict

Central America Caribbean » Barbados » Holetown February 14th 2015

Saturday February 14th, 2015. Bridgetown, Barbados. Bridgetown is the capital and largest city in the nation of Barbados. Formerl the town of St Michael, the Greater Bridgetown area is located within the parish of St Michael. Bridgetown is sometimes locally referred to as "The City" but the most common reference is simply "Town". The port, which is located along the Carlisle Bay is on the south western coast of the island. This is quite a walk away from the centre of town. We met Roy and Pati and John and Mary at 9.00 am in the reception area of the ship. We had arranged this last night as John had indicated that he would like to swim in the Caribbean sea at least once on this trip. As a result the 4 of us had said ... read more
1. Holetown Beach
2. The Beach at Holetown
3. Our Group on Holetown Beach

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán February 13th 2015

Copan, Honduras, is one of the best Mayan sites. It was built over a long period, 900 BC to 800 AD and was home to 50,000 people. We spent some time exploring the ruins. In the Grand Plaza stand stone stelae, each carved with a larger-then-life image of a scary king. A flight of 63 steps has thousands of hieroglyphs carved into it. The whole city is covered in intricate carvings. We find houses, palaces, temples and a pelota court. Pelota is a cross between tennis and squash but nobody knows how it was played. Over time, problems emerged. The city grew beyond the ability of the local agriculture to support it; generations of inter-breeding in the ruling royal family had predictable consequences; they got heavily into hallucinogenic drugs and held six-week long fiestas. Slowly, the ... read more
Macaw mountain
Sunset on the ferry

Central America Caribbean » Grenada » Saint George February 13th 2015

Friday 13th February, 2015. St George's Grenada St George's is the capital of Grenada. The city is surrounded by a hillside of an old volcano crater and is on a horseshoe-shaped harbour called The Carenage. Grenada is known as the "Island of Spice" and its main exports are cocoa bean cacao, nutmeg and mace. It has a tropical climate that ensures the success of spice production. Nutmegs are the most plentiful crop, followed by an array of spices such as mace, cloves, vanilla, cinnamon and ginger. Pati and Roy were booked on a tour so D and I decided to go to Fort George which is something we had never done before. We walked into town, and after asking a friendly policeman, were directed to an ATM. The fort was at the top of a steep ... read more
16. M at Fort George
15. The Carenage from Fort George
23. Grand Anse Beach

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

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