The End of a New Beginning

Trip Start Oct 10, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, April 6, 2007

So Central America is done. This trip was meant to focus on the great continent of South America, but thatīs the thing about travelling. Itīs unpredictable. As Theroux said: "Travel at itīs best is accidental."

Central America was a great time, despite itīs many frustrations. Here are a few of those irritants that Iīm sure Iīll start to miss:

-Going into restaurants and having to ask if there is food (Guat)
-Electrocuting myself on the shower heads at hotels that only provide hot water in places hotter than the furnace of hell (Nic)
-Attempting to practice my Spanish with the locals only to have them reply in perfect English (Costa)
-Attempting to practice my Spanish with the Caribbean locals only to have them reply in English that sounds more like a percussion instrument (Hond)
-Necessary fight stance to fend off hyperactive overeager taxi drivers in droves (Nic)
-Being treated as if I have way more money than I do, and trying to steer the conversation away from the value of the American dollar (Guat)
-Air conditioning systems so cold that my glasses fog up when I reenter the stifiling humidity and smog of Panama City (Pan)
-The Oscar deserving performances of laughing children whose faces turn to desperate grief and the hands extend as I walk by (Nic)
-The discovery that waterproof sunscreen must be reapplied after any sort of swimming (Hond)
-Discovering that the alternative to throwing garbage out the window is burning it (Guat)
-The realization that the front runner of a tropical jungle hiking team spends the day covered in spiderwebs
-The challenge of avoiding the local culinary tradition of American fast food (Pan)

Of course, there are also the perfect moments where all  frustrations are instantly forgotten. Here are a few I already miss:

-Watching schools of fish, sand sharks and rays from my board as everyone shares the same wave (Costa)
-The rainbow of colours proudly worn by Mayan women (Guat)
-Wispy clouds wrapping themselves around perfect volcanic cones (Nic)
-Walking amongst the bamboo huts and enjoying the excitment of Kuna children at the sight of a tourist in the San Blas islands (Pan)
-Transporting lost crocodiles by passenger train in the Caribbean (Hond)
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