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Published: August 24th 2007
So we spent a few days relaxing on the beach in puerto colombia, just soaking up the sun and taking it easy basically. By Sunday we decided it was time for a change of scenery (Eddie was afraid of the German lady who ran our hostel) so we took a few crazy buses to Tucacas, another coastal town further west again in Venezuela. In Tucacas we checked in with Carlos, a nice Venezuelan man who runs a pretty cheap hostel. We had three days in Tucacas, two of which were spent diving. We did three dives each and loved it. I admit I was a little nervous at first- there is something just a little disconcerting about jumping off a boat with a tank of oxygen strapped to your back and a 10lb weight belt tied around your waist, but once I got over the initial nerves I loved it. Saw some fabulous fish- its a whole different world down there- maybe ill move some day. Apart from the dives, we checked out a few more beaches but none were as nice as the one in Puerto Colombia.
Sitting in Lima airport at the moment waiting on a flight to
Cusco.We had a slight change of plan due to the earthquake as some roads south of Lima are being rebuilt.
Having left Venezuela these are my lasting impressions:
- Nobody speaks English. We met only two people who spoke English- how I wished I had spent more time listening to my audio lessons and less time sleeping on Dublin bus. Still though I have improved alot in a week. Our spanish phrasebooks look well weathered already- thanks Claire and Deirdre
- The locals are crazy, they drink beer with their breakfast, lunch and dinner and anytime in between it seems. Beer is cheaper than water though...
- The bus drivers are crazy and all have crazy assistants who keep the carribean music blaring for the enitre journey (probably to drown out the sound of bits falling off the bus)
- There are no timetables for the local buses- they leave when they are full and not before! That said the public transport is pretty good and the buses do fill up quickly. The metro in Caracas is one of the cleanest i´ve seen.
- The food is not great- everything is deep fried. Fried
cornbread, fried bananas, fried potatoes, fried fish........ Thankfully Carlos had a kitchen :-)
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