The journey continues... with a few bumps along the way!
21.09.2012 - 07.11.2012
Hola from Honduras!
I am currently residing in a pirate island called Utila where I will eventually get round to do some diving, when it stops raining and I stop injuring myself!
Leon - What seems like ages ago now I left Granada for Leon, somewhat smellier than Granada but not without character and it also had a massive great volcano that me and a few others climbed up with 20kgs on our backs for 6 hours... it was tough! But totally worth it to be standing on the edge of an active volcano just before sunset, the smell and the noise were incredible. After setting up camp a safe distance away from the volcano we munched down some dinner and then walked up to the edge again to have a look at the lava in the dark, and pretty soon after that we were all tucked up tight in our sleeping bags secretly hoping we wouldn't have to walk back in the morning with our slightly lighter rucksacks and our ruined bodies!! The morning came (far too quickly!), we took in the sunrise then packed up our stuff and were just about to make for the hills when we were accosted by some volcanologist dude who informed us that we shouldn't have camped by the volcano as its twice as hot as normal and very dangerous, whoops!!!!
Guatemala via El Salvador - After one failed attempt to leave Leon on the bus due to protests on the border, we finally got going the next day, but the journey was not without it's goings on! After a pit stop at burger king (the bus dude phoned ahead to order us burgers, but i think he ordered them about 4 hours before as they were pretty bloody cold!) and an evening snooze, I was startled awake by a big noise and my Australian friend running for her life down the aisle! It turned out one of the windows had been smashed in, God knows by what, and we didn't stop to find out (especially when you hear there are people that like robbing gringos on buses!)
2 nights in a touristy, colonial town called Antigua then I was off to San Pedro La Laguna where Lago Atitlan is situated. I met lots of interesting people in my hostel and is now my second home, love you Dee and Chiquita the mangey dog!! I brushed up on my Spanish for a week, climbed an Indian's nose (a mountain with a view over the lake), won a pool competition, kayaked on the lake, jumped off a 10 metre deck (nearly decapitating Brian in the process) and shared a room with a maniac from the US of A (Brian) who I later ended up travelling with.... I also contracted some sort of stomach parasite which had me bed-ridden for a few days! After 2 weeks of San Pedro it was time to move on, back to Antigua with Aussie Tom, Brian and the lingering parasite for a few days R&R. We went to a place called Earth Lodge up in the mountains above Antigua, such a cool place with great views and total tranquility, apart from Brian losing it when I won trivial pursuit!! What a deutschbag!
Semuc Champey - Bri and I headed on to Semuc to see the famous blue pools. They were pretty awesome and our hostel was situated above the river, which was also awesome.... AWESOME!! We said our goodbyes as Bri was off to some hippy festival and I was off to Rio Dulce, another sodding big lake! On the way there my bag fell off the shuttle bus and smashed quite a few things in my bag, not surprising as we were about to break the land speed record! The town itself was nothing special so I headed up river to an eco lodge called Finca Tatin and spent a few days there relaxing. I did venture to some caves with my pal Fergoose and we saw some bats, I nearly shat myself!
Livingstone - Met up with lots of friends from San Pedro, but that was about all that was good about the place! I lost a wad of cash (or had it stolen), but did go to some water pools with Aussie Kate, which was nice.. apart from the dead dog on the beach that we saw on the way!
Utila So I am in Utila now, the cheapest place to dive in the world! Myself, Swiss Jonas & Kate headed here a week ago. Lots of people from San Pedro were here last week and there were 2 birthdays within the group, both great nights!!
Yesterday, 10 minutes after completing my refresher course, I managed to put a rusty nail through one of my toes; thats what happens when people leave large wooden pallets with nails sticking out of them and I'm not looking! Not mega serious but very painful! Hopefully the bad luck will stop now and I can get on with my diving. To top it all off it's raining a hell of a lot here. But you know what, it's still way better than working!!!!!!!!!!
Will try not to leave it so long for the next blog, missed out loads of stuff... and I will put up some pictures on facebook soon.
Love you all!!!!!