The Nearly Impossible Journey/Mission
Trip Start Jul 12, 2012
68Trip End Sep 21, 2012
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of a massive cockroach in my bag as a goodbye at 5am! Thanks nature! I have decided to do the nearly impossible journey from Livingston to Roatan which involves me taking 2 boats, 2 taxis and 3 buses but should be $30 cheaper than the tourist shuttle. Left Finca nice and early and got the 6:30am boat to Puerto Barrios with Paulo who is going travelling round Asia with the smallest rucksack ever.
Once in PB he left me on a street corner where I got a bus to the border. The border was basically empty but still took forever and like the bus there were no tourists here. Where is everyone? Managed to get a taxi from a guy who called one at the border and kept telling them I was American, no, no! Again never English!
My taxi driver was pretty safe though, he took me to an atm so I could get more lempira and I actually managed to have conversations with him, in Spanish! I told him that i'd only been learning for less than two weeks and without studying or books except my phrasebook, he said that my Spanish was very good-PRIDE!!! We also had a discussion about petrol which is about $5 TO THE GALLON. How ridiculously cheap!
We arrived in Puerto Cortes, my next stop, and I pretty much immediately got onto another bus to San Pedro, which I needed to get to before 12. The conductor guy told me this would be fine, I made him promise. And actually it worked out fine (although he did at first try to charge me for two seats because of my bag). It only worked out fine though because apparently all the buses seem to be in massive competitions with each, I had minivan drag races, violence and abuse against the buses and extreme racing to beat each other to passengers. It was mental, but funny. So the upside was it was fast, the downside was I had the potential of death. I was pleased to see that I was charged as much as the locals (for once!) and I was definitely glad I was the last stop as most of the passengers had to jump on/off and I definitely couldn't of done that with my bag! Once again I was the only tourist on the bus as well, WTF?
So I made it to San Pedro with half an hour to spare, might I actually make the last ferry at 4:30? I got on my next bus which was meant to take 3 hours (therefore getting me in at 3pm), this obviously didn't happen as it wasn't a direct bus like I though but also stopped for passengers along the road. It also stopped for AGES for a rest stop an hour in and also at a gas station for forever, why?! They did have a travelling salesman on the bus though who kept whipping drugs and lotions out of his bag an was trying to sell it to the passengers! Then the bus tried to drop me off at the airport not the port, my Spanish is still basic but I know I definitely said port not airport.
We pulled in at 3:55! And I jumped in a taxi which then charged me $10 freaking dollars because 'I was on my own', but I didn't have much choice so I just did. Got in the port with 20 minutes to spare and got my ticket, miracle! So 11 hours (from getting up to arriving at the port), 2 boats, 3 buses and 2 taxis later and I made the nearly impossible journey from Livingston to Roatan. However the trip with the tourist shuttle (2 boats, 1 bus) would have come in at around $70 and I spent $63. So I should have save myself all that hassle and got the shuttle. Although I am pretty damn proud of myself (an lucky) that I actually made it the hard way on my own-win!
The boat to Roatan is often known as 'the vomit comet'! Lovely right? I was absolutely fine but a couple of other people were sick. Luckily the boat wasn't too full but I finally saw some tourists, hurray! Spoke to a guy who was born there but now lives in Sweden and he was convinced I was Swedish. He also bought me a bottle of water which was nice! Probably thought I was the type to vomit on the boat.
I was going to get a cheaper taxi out of the port but I ended up sharing with a couple with what they thought was $4 each. What it actually was, was $12 for them and $4 for me (I'm clearly special). There was a bit of a drama but I left them to it and went to check into chillies!
Everything is SO expensive here, I eventually got a burger here for about $7 which was the cheapest thing on the menu. Got to watch the olympics for a bit though (mens gymnastics, score!). I'm actually impressed with how good the opening ceremony looked, definitely going to check that out at some point.
Roatan isn't quite what I expected. I thought I would find a lot of divers but a bit of a party (kind of like a more expensive/resorty Koh Tao but still with a youngish diver crowd) but it is DEAD here, where is everyone??? Ran into Finn, the girl I met on the boat trip in Livingston and she happened to be staying in the same dorm room as me with two English girls who seem pretty nice. Can't to get to the beach tomorrow!!!!