Can I get a Hallelujah?
Trip Start Jun 09, 2008
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On to the beach. We hopped on a series of buses and minivans to get across the boarder. Guatemala does not have the same requirements for personal space that we are used to in the US. For about 2 hours we were on a 12 person minivan with 27 people ( I counted)!!! And it was hot out!!! Then they dropped us of at the intersection of a dirt road and assured us ( in spanish) that there would be another bus coming along to take us the rest of the way to the boarder. So that was one of the longest 20 minutes of our lives wondering if indeed another bus would come as several local men sat and stared at us lol
We made it to Honduras! We were so excited to finally get to the beach and we stopped in the town Omoa, which our guide book had recommended as a great beach town. We arrived at a really cute hostel with free bikes, kayaks and drinking water and made our way down to bask in the glory of all our journeys on the white sand beaches. Well.....our guide book is from 2000 and as it turns out the power company had come in and built a series of jetties WHICH HAD COMPLETELY DESTROYED THE BEACH!!! It was gone lol So on to the next town of Tela, the book described it as a number one tourist destination. Yes in fact it was... for the people of Honduras. There were no hostels so we ended up in a cheap motel. It wasn't fancy but it was raining and it was a dry roof over our heads. In the morning I went to get in the shower and discovered there was no running water and in its place was a bucket full of water and a bowl. So we took off to the islands.
Utila here we come!! We arrived on the ferry to the island and were told that everyone would need to stay inside the ferry because the deck would get very wet. Then they placed packages of random pills, which we guessed were for motion sickness, along with barf bags and paper towels, what had we gotten ourselves into. As it turns out the scariest boat ride ever!! I have never seen a huge passenger ferry tossed so easily in the waves of the sea. Well the rocky trip was well worth it when we arrived. The island was in full swing for the first day of there week long Carnival celebration. Which turns out it is just a wall of giant speakers moved from corner to corner each night, with a portable bar of course!
The island is full of young travelers and is the cheapest place to get dive certified in the world. We found ourselves an apartment to rent for the 3 weeks we will be here, and we love it!!! It has a kitchen, A/C and Cable. That is more luxuries than our San Diego apartment had lol! And the best thing of all is THEY SPEAK ENGLISH. Which is a treat after only ordering tortillas and frijoles lol The island is surrounded by an amazing reef, which now makes the 2 months Teddy carried around our snorkeling equipment well worth it lol. So that is where we are now, waking up, snorkeling, cooking and watching TV in the A\C. Life is good lol
We miss you all tons,
Brooklyn and Teddy