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Uhhh ohhhh, stuck in Belize.

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

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But don’t worry be happy…
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Cuz everthing is gonna be alright…

Hola Guatemala: Puerto Barrios

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

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What a painless border crossing. I am very enthused about this CA-4 agreement. One stop at the immigration to let them know I am jumping ship and off I go to Guatemala. Painless. Even changing money at the border was painless, I think I got more than I was supposed to. Mini bus waiting to take me to my final destination of Puerto Barrios. I thought there was going to be a bit of trouble when the minibus driver found out that most of the passengers were getting off halfway to head south rather than to head into town. I knew what was going to happen. They were going to do a tourist dump. I was going to be stuck on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. Nope, the guy explained to me that he had called his friend who would be picking me up in his minivan. He had me stay in the van as it was airconditioned and kept coming in to apologize and to tell me it wouldn´t be long. The guy came, they carried my bags over to the new van, explained that I didn´t have to pay anything more and said goodby. No problems. I made it to town which being a major port town and basically owned by the banana companies and was arranged as such, and was easily able to find my target hotel. I was settled and doing my scans of the town within a few hours of leaving Honduras.

I was in Puerto Barrios primarily because I like these types of working towns as well as the fact as it was the staging point for my next destination of Livingston which is a no road access town which requires taking a boat. Cool, looking forward to it. This also allowed me to get my usual new country orientation out of the way.

At the moment though, (I am up to date, whoopahhhh), a storm came in last night and today is a bit rainy and cold. What the hell is this shit. Cold is not good, and it is causing my mirror calm bay to be a bit choppy. I was looking for some nice Caribbean calm cruising weather for the hour or so ferry ride over to Livingston so I decided to take another free day and hope the weather clears tomorrow. From Livingston it is off on another boat which will take me to Belize, something I am also looking forward to. I am thinking Belize will be a bit different than the usual latin american countries and something I need at the moment. From there it will be back to Guatemala for a little more in depth look. And after that, drum roll please, my last country before heading home, Mexico.

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Another place with no ocean access as the whole shore line is either residential houses, restaurants, or sea port.

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Bananas is big business. This one is headed off to Europe. Bananas are about $.05 here.

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Another amazing treat I found. One scoop of shaved ice, squirt on the orange syrup, pack the top with more shaved ice, add sweetened condensed milk, honey, strawberry jam, dehydrated and liquified mangos, sugar syrup, and a sort of honey banana concoction. Damn good. I named them helladelicious.

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You know it is good when the bees follow you around. The guys cart was swarming.

Puerto Cortez, Honduras: One last stop

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
dscn1473.JPG Although it was possible to make it across to Guatemala in one day, it would have been a five bus plus one country change, way too much chance of some screw up ... [Continue reading this entry]

La Ceiba, Honduras: End of the island bypass.

Thursday, February 11th, 2010
la-ceiba-3.JPG And so here I am in La Ceiba the gateway to the Bay islands. Just a short one hour ferry ride away and I could be on the sand fly infested islands. ... [Continue reading this entry]

On my way missing the islands

Thursday, February 11th, 2010
tela-2.JPG Even though I would not be going to the islands thanks to the grace of orphans, I still wanted to head north to visit the towns along the route to the islands. ... [Continue reading this entry]

Orphans, the perfect excuse.

Thursday, February 11th, 2010
orphans-4.JPG I didn´t want to go to the islands. Sorry again, but that feeling I got with the rocks is just multiplied when I have to spend a shitload of money to see ... [Continue reading this entry]

Copan Ruinas photos

Thursday, February 11th, 2010
copan-ruinas-2.JPG copan-ruinas-3.JPG copan-ruinas-4.JPG copan-ruinas-6.JPG copan-ruinas-7.JPG [Continue reading this entry]

More rocks whoopeee: Copan Ruins

Thursday, February 11th, 2010
copan-ruinas-29.JPG Copan Ruinas was my next destination. It´s location caused a bit of backtracking but I was on a roll with buses and the three transfers went without a hitch. I had ... [Continue reading this entry]

Gracias, Honduras: Springing it.

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
gracias-16.JPG Gracias was thankfully one bus drive away and took us through some beautiful mountain scenery. In the 16th century, Gracias was the capital of Central America but is now a quaint ... [Continue reading this entry]

Back to Honduras, Santa Rosa de Copan.

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
santa-rosa-de-copan-4.JPG The segment of leaving El Salvador for Honduras was important as it broke my streak of bad bus rides. Now, it wasn´t hugely difficult, but it did require three different buses and ... [Continue reading this entry]