Can I get a Hallelujah?

Trip Start Jun 09, 2008
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Monday, July 28, 2008

We are so sorry that it has been so long since we last wrote but we were on a mission to get back to the beach and we have experienced some technical difficulties (expensive internet)! So when we last left you we were still in Antigua  and we absolutely loved that city, we even had the cheap restaurants on lock down, when we realized that this trip was supposed to be a coastal journey and we were in the middle of Guatemala ?!? So we decided to make the long journey back to the beach. First we had a couple stops to make in Guatemala. So we headed over to Lake Atitlan. We had learned of a great volunteer opportunity to volunteer in San Marcos, and since we were the only people that we met that hadn't been robbed in Guatemala we decided we would like to give back to the community. We arrived in San Marcos and headed to the place, we had heard that there were farming opportunities and Teddy was very excited! We met with the owner who was very nice, but from the looks of it we had stopped by right in the middle of the afternoon bong session and seemed to be confused. He mentioned that he was starting work on building a solar heating system and Teddy began to sweat with enthusiasm!!!! But then he handed us the price sheet.......apparently you have to pay to volunteer lol We are not that committed to the cause lol So back on the boat and hopped over to San Pedro, which was known for its crazy party life! Well since we never made it up past 10 we didn't see this aspect of the village lol But the lake was incredibly beautiful and we spent every sunset sitting on the docks and watching the glow of the water. After a few days spent with the spiritual hippies that inhabited the lake we decided to make our move. The count down to my birthday had begun and I was determined to spend it on the beach. On our way to Honduras we made one last stop in Rio Dulce. Otherwise known as a swamp lol Although I must say the coolest swamp resort I have ever seen. We arrived in the city (3 blocks long) late at night in the pouring rain. A fellow traveler had recommended a hostel and lucky for us there was a man at the bus to take us there. Little did we know the only way to reach it was by boat. So near midnight in the puring rain we boarded a small motor boat with three men that did not speak English and motored at full speed into the darkness dodging vines and branches. We looked twice at each other wondering if this was a good move on our part or perhaps our last lol We arrived at the hostel which was a series of wood huts built on stilts above the water. It was actually a really cool place, lots of young travelers and a very friendly vibe. The bug population was also friendly and made no hesitation to curl up in bed with us lol


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
xxoo 
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deschc
deschc on

Hallelujah!
Well, you asked.

Lots of love!

linsaz
linsaz on

thailand or bust baby!
so jealous of you love! i just got back from greece , again, and london.. same old stuff.. astra, rehab, superfly.. you know ;) we missed you , as always, and everyone says hello! looks like you are having the time of your life.. so proud of you two. booked my thailand and cambodia today! looks like we might just bump into each other! ;)
love you take care
xx

dmckean619
dmckean619 on

Now I Know
T-Bone n Brooklyn,

Now I know what it was like when I would send you photos of my travels and you were at work....AWESOME. Looks like you guys are livin the dream.

KEEP ON KEEPIN ON

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