The Art of Doing Nothing

Trip Start Aug 09, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Honduras  , Bay Islands,
Thursday, January 1, 2009

Well, well, well where to start?  We left behind our country, hillside life in Nicaragua for a white sand beach on the Carribean.  A bit of a culture shock at first since we hardly saw other travellers and suddenly we were on an island that exists for tourism.  Also unique to many Carribean parts of Central America is that the locals speak English as their primary language.  So our Spanish lessons took a side step for the time being.  The island has a diverse heritage exisiting of Africans, Caribs, Europeans (from early settlers) and many relocated foreingers who have made the island their home.

The beauty of the island is amazing.  The Bay Islands of Honduras are home to the second largest barrier reef in the world and a lot people come for the scuba diving.  White sand beaches with crystal clear waters allows you to spend an entire day just looking off a pier into the water watching the fishes swim around.  It is like an aquarium.  Just from piers alone we saw many small fishes, plant life and even a stingray.  It is so laid back and relaxing that we ended up spending 9 days there when we only intended to stay about 4.  We went so far as to back our bags one day and leave our cabin only to walk down the road and check into another place.  We couldn't get in a cab to save our lives.  I never though I was wired in a way to spend so much time relaxing but it somehow came very easy to me.

We both started a scuba diving course to become open water certified however only one of us suceeded.  Jeremy is now a certified open water diver.  I chickened out quickly but at least I tried.  Those who know me well and have heard my first swimming class story know I don't care for water and have never been comfortable in it.  However I thought I would give it a try since you are more submerged in the water rather than on top of it.  I took a few tests, got all my gear on and got in the water but couldn't handle the sensation of breathing underwater.  I felt like I was suffocating.  Jeremy however had a great time and went on four open water dives. 

I had made peace with the fact that water sports are not for me but to our great surprise I ended up snorkling and really liking it.  Just off the dock of our cabin is a ton of reef and I was able to go on some shorts swims to see the reef shelves and a ton of beautiful fish, lobsters, huge squid and other cool things.  And Jeremy got to swim with a turtle! 

New Year's was a blast with the sand road filled with small bars we walked around to a few getting some Pina Colodas and rang in the New Year seeing the only live band we could find called The Genitals of all things.  They weren't too bad and we ended up finding out that the lead singer was back up guitar for the Rolling Stones but left that gig for island living!  No wonder he had that kick his leg in the air thing down.

This is the first place we have been outside the States that we would consider moving to.  Total peace and tranquility. 
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