Horses and the most dangerous city in the world

Trip Start Jul 12, 2012
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Trip End Sep 21, 2012


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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Shocker I'm up at 7 again, went to via via for breakfast where they guy opposite me was reading a book entitled: how to be an adult in relationships - 5 ways of mindful loving. Seriously.

Headed out on the ride which seemed a bit dodgy at first. The guy didn't ask me anything about my riding experience or even tell me the name of the horse. We were completely on our own as well. The ride was really pretty though, through the hills and by the Copan river. We eventually caught up with a group of americans who I spent the rest of the ride with. It was definitely nice to have some people to talk to! One of the horses had a foal too which was just following it everywhere. Was really cute.

We rode up this ridiculously steep hill to a village where the kids were constantly offering us things to buy. It was a very basic village, some of the houses were just made of mud but their view was spectacular. They have been taught how to weave there by a charity so they can support themselves and they taught me how to do it, I was pretty rubbish to be fair. We then had to ride back down the massive hill which was pretty scary as it was so steep and had tons of holes and rubble so the potential for falling was fairly likely. Managed to make it to the bottom though without dying.

We started to head back to the start, all of the horses kept racing each other to stay in front. They are competitive! The horses were pretty good though, really responsive. On the way back we took a different root, through a river. Some people were freaking out even though it was shallow, it was pretty funny to be fair. Managed to get literally the last seat on the bus back to San Pedro with the expensive bus service, setting me back $16, got to go get it on my horse though which was fun.

Managed to get a bit of sunbathing in before heading back to the bus station for my luxury bus. I clearly should have paid less money as I had the middle seat on the back row. This meant that I had no area to store my drinks etc nor foot rest. I also had no panel above me with a light/air con unit and I wouldn't have been able to watch the movie as I had no headphone socket for my seat ether. They clearly shouldn't have a seat there when it's not the same as the others and you still get charged as much! When I arrived in San Pedro I found the Tica bus office, that I needed to get my ticket to Nicaragua from, was closed. I therefore jumped in a taxi and headed to my hostel. SP really doesn't look like the most dangerous city in the world, it just looks like a normal city. There's a lot of security though. When I got there the owner was in bed so his two volunteers looked after me. They were really nice although the girl does not shave which I still find bizarre!

When the owner got up he took me to a place where I could book my ticket to Nicaragua which was really nice. I was lucky as there were only 4 seats left, get to sit near the toilet though, awesome. The owner and his sister are oddly red headed, pale and freckly, and Honduran. So weird! (Gingivitis!)

His sister went out and got a Honduran dinner for us which was basically a slab of meat, beans, tortilla and salad! It's a shame this hostel is in San Pedro as it's really cool and the people are great here. They even went of there way to make me a coffee with their coffee press and then didn't charge me for it! Spent the rest of the evening talking about history and archaeology which was cool. Also got to play with the shell of a tarantula, apparently they leave husks if their body as the grow which is basically an empty tarantula, really cool! The owner also really wanted me to have q go shooting his gun (which everyone has here apparently) as I never had. He couldn't think of anywhere for me to do it though, I told him we were in SP and that I'm sure the street was fine! Didn't end up going to bed till nearly 2 and I have to be up at 4. Going to be tired tomorrow!
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