Thank God for a nice hotel - Gracias a Dios

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
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Trip End Nov 04, 2008


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Posada de Don Juan - Silence at last! Until 6am

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Monday, June 30, 2008

After our non-sleeping experiences in La Esperanza, we really
appreciated the absolute silence, freshness and comfort that we found
in our new hotel at Gracias.

Its foreign owned and so reflects
some of the basic pleasures of the hotel industry and for a surprising
$23 US (only $3 more than the dump at La Esperanza). They include
simple things such as:
- clean sheets
- clean towels (3 of them!)
- water
- clean floors
Call us spoilt...but after 6 months on the road, some things really become important.

Apart
from the rooms, the hotel has a restaurant that serves really good food
(meat) at acceptable local prices. However their breakfasts is very
disappointing and the restaurant staff still has to earn a tip from
us...as we always say "no smile, no tip".

Today was quite a relaxing day in a relaxing town. Basically there are four things one can do here:

1.- Trek up to the National Park of Celaque (you really need 2 days and to camp there)

2.- Go to the thermal waters (we dont think they will be clean given the state of rivers around here)

3.- Visit the churches and the fortress (we did so)

4.- Go horse riding in the forrests around the town (see tomorrow)


So today we dedicated to visit the old Fortress of San Cristobal. Small
but a nice walk and view from the top. The best part of it are the 2
old canons made in Seville in 1799 and 1803, but apparently those were
donated very recently by Spain.



The rest of the town is quite small, and it will have changed
dramatically in the next year as most of the buildings are being
refurbished on their exterior to make this look like a nice little
Spanish colonial town with cobbled streets.



We thought there would be more foreigners, but most of the visitors we
have bumped into are part of the aid agencies working in Honduras,
including the Spanish group that are financing the new school (see
photo).



The town is supposed to have lots of history attached to it, but there
are no signs or museum so we will just have to trust the guide books.



There was a curious episode in a bakery. We were calmly having some
coffee when the owner of the shop put the TV on. There was an asian
priest on the screen talking about Christian religion (dubed in a
mexican accent to Spanish). He was talking about how everyone can cure
their illnesses (blindness, aids, handicaps, all of it!) by just
believing and saying "illness....OUT of my body".



The owner was standing in frot of the TV with her hands up and every
time the mexican voice said "FUERA" she would enter some sort of
psychotic tremble and whisper "FUERA" (out). She was in trance for
about 30 minutes...



That leads to the point: Honduras is probably the most religious
(catholic or similar) country we have visited up to now. Plenty of
churches, but especially signs all over the place with "Jesus Lives"
and similar classics.

Anyway, thats enough for the time being - not much else to say - and internet around here works via Satellite so apart from being a bit more expensive (17 Lempiras per hour, 85 US cents) it is incredibly frustrating as it collapses every 10 minutes.
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