Kinda like flying to the capital city

Trip Start Sep 10, 2006
Trip End ??? ??, 2007

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

After an early morning boat ride from Utila to the mainland, we took a taxi to the luxury bus line for the long trip to Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. We have been making a point to avoid capital cities thus far in our travels since neither of us care for big cities, but it was a necessary stop to get to Nicaragua. The bus experience was hilarious for us, being the first time that we have taken a nice bus since Mexico, but this bus far exceeded the term "1st class". First of all, when we walked into the ticket office the armed security guard asked us to remove our hats because of the security cameras. We were asked to show our passports at the ticket counter, then again when we were boarding the bus. We checked our baggage with tags and a claim number to be stowed below and they strictly enforced a very small "carry on" bag size, which they searched (but still missed my pocket knife!) along with a pat down to make sure we had no pistols tucked in to our pants. Once on the bus in our assigned seats, we joked about having to keep our seatbacks and tray tables in an upright position for take off. An hour in to the trip, the flight attendant...oops I mean BUS attendant...came around with drinks and cookies before starting the in-flight movie...oops I mean in-transit movie. Did I mention it was air-conditioned? In the end, we decided that the luxury and convenience was quite worth paying double or triple the price. Even if it was a more relaxing day, it didnīt save that much time overall. That evening it Tegucigalpa, we dropped our bags in a dorm room since no private rooms were available at the hostel we chose, then ate Kung Pao chicken at a nearby Chinese restaurant while listening to a deafening mariachi band perform for a table of local ladies seated next to us, then early to bed. Trying to avoid two long travel days in a row, we decided to make a day trip to La Tigra National Park outside of the city to hike in the cloud forest. Unfortunately the bus schedule didnīt allow us much time for a serious hike, but it was enough to enjoy the forest and see some really cool woodpeckers with huge red crests. Back in the city, we ate pizza at Little Ceasars (ironic that Iīve never had it in the states?) located right next to the Pizza Hut on the central park block, then did nothing worth mentioning for the rest of the evening. Next stop is Leon, Nicaragua!
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