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Central America Caribbean » Cuba February 3rd 2015

Hola Everyone! As mentioned before I was unable to write my blog in Cuba so I am catching up here in Mexico where the internet is better. What a wonderful time we had in the small town of Vinales a few hundred kilometers west of Havana. It was very refreshing to see the simple way of life here. Many rely on horses and buggies for transportation and oxen and carts are used in the countryside with the farming industry. The area around the town is fertile tobacco growing land used mostly for cigars leaves. The scraps are used for cigarettes. Apparently in Cuba all the cigar production is done by hand and uses no chemicals in the process. Hense the cigars are all natural and are of the finest quality. As well, 90% of the nicotene ... read more
Miriam and her mom Gloria
Basque style eating!!
Lots of delicious dishes!


Today was a quiet day, one more day to shake the jet lag, and adjust to the heat and humidity. We drove to Splash Dive Shop today and set up our first dive trip for tomorrow, 2 tank boat dive, lunch and a snorkeling out on the Barrier Reef. We are all looking forward to the trip, me with trepidation because I don't like boats and our trip will start with a 40 - 60 minute boat ride to the reef. I've already started eating ginger pills to ward of sea sickness. I hope they work not only for my sake but for everyone else on the boat. We did do a little snorkeling today on our way back from the dive shop as it was hot and there is no air conditioning in the vehicle ... read more
Sunset
Dave and Donna enjoying sunset.
Lagoon Side of Condo


11/01/15 Via Antigua naar San pedro La Laguna- Lago Atitlan. Ondertussen zijn we 30 januari, een dikke 3 weken geleden dat ik nog een update gedaan heb van mijn blog en eigenlijk simpelweg niets geschreven in de laatste 3 weken. Reden? 3 weken intensieve Spaanse les = geen energie, of misschien eerder te veel energie om terug aan een bureau te gaan zitten in de namiddag of avond! Man, ben ik blij dat ik niet meer hele dagen op de schoolbanken moet zitten. De eerste week nam ik les in San Pedro in een klein schooltje " Flor del Maiz", bloem van mais.. de rode draad wat het leven betreft voor de vele Maya dorpen, tortillas..maismaismais... Rondom de steden en dorpen heb je enorme maisvelden en koffieplantages.. overal eigenlijk in Guatemala. Fantastisch sfeertje, een zes tal ... read more
"Indian Nose
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..Indian Nose


We arrived in Placencia yesterday at 5:00 after a 2 hour wait on the tarmac in Houston, thank you United Airlines. It seems the oxygen bottle for the flight crew was empty, and we waited for maintenance to bring the new bottle for an hour and a half, and another half hour for them to install. United Airlines pilot repeatedly came on and apologized for this seemingly ridiculous oversight, with phrases such as "we are very sorry for the delay, and we are highly embarrassed", which did nothing for the mood of the passengers. Even worse was the announcement for "the flight attendants please take your seats" when after another 1/2 hour we still hadn't pulled away from the gate. When we arrived in Placencia, at 3:45 p.m. it was a totally different story. We were ... read more
Lagoon
Dave and Donna Rink
Dave and Donna Rink


August 2012 When I returned to Guatemala for the third time I was 16. I remember visiting anywhere outside of the country for the third time felt like an accomplishment. Like I was experienced; because, to an extent, I was. However, I quickly learned that comfortability reaps change. As we were descending into Guatemala we were seeing lightning in the clouds surrounding us, being in the window seat I had a great view of the show, but let me tell you as cool as it looked I was a ball of jitters. The pilot assured us that the lightning was miles upon miles away and we were perfectly safe. Little did he know that his designated landing runway was hidden by fog and underneath lay puddle upon puddle that would turn landing into quite the unsafe ... read more


Today was the best day yet - we went on a short hike through the jungle to a waterfall which we climbed over/in and went swimming in the little pools!!! The jungle area of Trini is so nice and clam - you could be in a different world when compared to the busy city/towns that we live in even though its literally up the road. In the jungle its slightly cooler, way more humid and there a few cocoa estates/small houses and villages. Its so quite and peaceful, apart from the occasional house blasting out Soca music! We walked for a few kilometres along a 'path' and nearly died a few hundred times but we made it to the most peaceful waterfall ever. And it was just us there. So good! I can't even begin to ... read more
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Captain’s (B)Log So, here we are! 18°02.005N, 63°05.004W. Still in St. Maarten, still in Simpson Bay Lagoon. Getting a little bit looney, but you knew that already. Where have we been this past month? On St. Maarten, 2 trips to Phillipsburg, 2 trips to Marigot (4 for Kathy), and 1 trip to Grand-Case. Off St. Maarten, one ferry ride to Saba (SayBah - goats), and another ferry ride to St. Bart’s. Otherwise, we have been on the boat, fixin’ stuff. It hasn’t always been pleasant, except for the warmth and lack of snow. We arrived December 27th and our dink engine died. Had to buy a new one. Then a week ago, the dinghy (named Shout) popped one of its tarts (seams) and we bought a new one. Although we had problems with our generator in ... read more
Approaching Saba
Ladder Bay anchorage
Welcome to Saba


I stumbled upon Belize truly by accident. I was looking for somewhere to escape to for the weekend and Belize appeared. I wanted a warm place with about three hours or less of flying time. Belize is only about 2 ½ hours from takeoff to touch down. Belize is a small country in Central America, no larger than the state of Massachusetts with only about 330,000 people residing there. It has a Caribbean feel and a culture all of its own. I stayed in the Ramada Princess Resort and Spa. Although we had a standard room it was rather comfortable. All of the rooms face the ocean and you are greeted with a wonderful sunrise every morning. After watching the sunrise, you can stroll down to the restaurant for a buffet breakfast, packed with some Belizean ... read more
Belize City (2)
Belize City (3)
Belize City (4)


After our wonderful experience with Geovani we spent the remainder of the day having our laundry done and packing our bags. We ate at the hotel last night, finishing up our pasta and pesto. Our shuttle arrived on time and sadly we were a bit rushed, not getting to say a proper good-bye and thank you to Anthony and Wdlivia for all their hospitality at Hotel Villa Fortuna. The shuttle quickly filled with people as we stopped at various hotels and everyone was feeling the same misery about the rain! We drove around Lake Arenal and then turned up the mountain where, magically there appeared a line in the sky! One side clouds, the other brilliant blue and sunshine! You could hear the collective gasp from the riders and even the driver made a comment about ... read more
Checking out the crowds below
quiet moment


Wednesday began with rain falling once again with no relief in sight. At this point we decided to look into leaving this area a day early and adding a day on to Liberia. This would only work if all the pieces fell into place i.e. re-scheduling the shuttle, making sure we could get another night in our hotel in Liberia and then giving 48 hours notice to our hotel here. Luck was on our side and we will be leaving here Friday morning instead of Saturday. This area is absolutely gorgeous and having spent 3 weeks enjoying the sun and sand we knew that coming here, into rainforest area, it would be a definite climate change. It is warm here all the time but there is only much you can do in the rain. As we ... read more
Blue Jean Poison Dart Frog
3 Toed Sloth
Golden Hooded Tanager




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