Evacuation

Trip Start Mar 07, 2007
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Trip End Oct 04, 2007


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Monday, September 3, 2007

We were evacuated!

Last time we chose to evacuated ourselves, hours before they did it for people.

For Felix we had decided to stay (in hindsight perhaps I wish I did) but when I went in for my dive course the long faces said it all, no more dive course, they were pulling all the boats out of the water, and boarding everything up. The Honduran Government were putting on free flights to get tourists out. This pretty much clenched it for us that this might really be serious and bad and we got on the flight. Some american tourists got airlifted out in cargo planes by their govt.

There was not much craziness really, the film crews were trying to get angles at the airport to make it look bad but it was fine, and I got filmed, did ya see me on the news!?

We were evacuated to San Pedro Sula, dodgetown, and told not to leave our hotel under any circumstances (man ya wouldn`t if ya saw this place!)  it had a 6 foot wall, topped with barbed electric wire and armed guards.One thing I have realised on this trip is the more security there is,
the dodgier it is. The bigger the cops guns, the more dangerous it is.
At first, I felt safer, but no. Nice hotel though, we didn`t need to go anywhere, also put on by the Honduran Govt, they were so apologetic and lovely, there were people helping us everywhere! I wish I had that assistance the whole trip haha.

We were being introduced to people as `the evacuees`and felt like refugees for sure. So many ruined holidays, I mean we felt sorry for ourselves but some people only had a weeks holiday (btw: did you know in the states 3 weeks annual leave is considered generous?!)

We had to make a snap decision at the airport on where to go, everywhere looked bad, and there was talk of being stranded in San Pedro for 2 weeks. So we have hooked it to Mexico, again, and going to give Central America a wide berth for the moment, and go back in the calm, dry season. So onto LA, then NZ, then QLD and home. We are on the home stretch now.

Massive `word up`to the Honduran Govt. if they need hurricane aid we are so giving it to them. I really feel the people on the islands who can`t/won`t leave their homes, it must be so scary.

Although, as we sat at the airport this morning, $1000 dollars lighter for the tickets out, we saw the hurricane hit Nicaragua, and probably won`t even hit the Bay Islands. Damn you nature!
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