Choppy water and pissing rain.

Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
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Saturday, November 6, 2004

Today it's exactly one month since I left Seattle. Time is moving at a decent pace down here, and I think I have managed to do and see a lot so far. To be honest I haven't spent much time thinking about the past or even the future. Here it's the present that counts, as I've been told by the experienced people is how it should be. On the other hand, there's of course certain destinations and activities on this trip that I am really looking forward to, if that's somehow considered thinking about the future. Reflecting a bit (oops, that's thinking about the past), I also have to say that I don't regret one tiny bit my decision to quit work and go traveling for a year or so. I'm having a fantastic time and hope to continue in that spirit.

It's however time for me to leave Utila after just (everything is relative) six nights and seven days. I really liked Utila, except for the abundance of mosquitoes, sand flies and the relatively dreary weather the last few days. It's a great mix here of English and Spanish speaking locals, backpackers, hippies, a few package tourists, society dropouts, expats and most importantly quite a few pirate descendents. Jacob, Max, Franziska and me have been staying at the Hotel Tropical while here. The place isn't nearly as hot, not even remotely close, as the name may suggest, but what can you expect when the price is about US $2.50 per night. Tomorrow my new traveling companions are heading back towards Guatemala City, while they will kindly drop me off at Copán on the way. We may join up again later, as they are eventually heading south for Nicaragua and Costa Rica, like me, after a few days back in Guatemala.

So I didn't get to see the Whale Shark this time around. However I am sure there will be more opportunities over the next few months. The weather got a bit nasty during my four days of diving, making a trip to the choppy waters on the north side of the island rather difficult. Too bad, as the north side is where these amazing creatures like to hang out while surely having a jolly good time. However I managed to finish my "PADI Advanced Open Water" training, so I'm now certified to go down to 30 meters. Something I did of course, well I had to in order to get certified. The coral reefs around here are pretty superb, and there's certainly a lot of strange creatures down there. To name a few, I did see during my eight dives (five dives part of certification and three fun dives); Hawksbill Turtles, Green Moray, Nassau Grouper, Barracudas, Box Jellyfish, Lizzard Fish, Honeycomb Cowfish, Hogfish, Spotted Drumfish, Spotted Trunkfish and the rather uncommon Southern Stargazer. And then I must say that the Halliburton wreck at a depth of about 25-30 meter was an experience as well.

Have to go and sample some brew, I can hear Fats Domino singing the great Blueberry Hill next door, a local theme song on the island of Utila as I believe one of the neighborhoods around here goes by the same name.
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vermaakjeanne
vermaakjeanne on

Enjoying following you through South America...
Hi Steve...

I've been reading through your travelog and really enjoying your stories. I'm keen on doing South America some time next year or the year and am trying to get an idea of where I'd like to go and what I'd like to do... Quick question though, what camera did you use for your underwater photos? Reason I ask is that I'm doing my first scuba diving course next year in the Red Sea and wanting to get a camera of sorts. Yours seems to have taken rather nice photos...

Thanks
Jeanne

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