From a town called thank you
Trip Start Apr 13, 2010
14Trip End Sep 30, 2010
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Since we last blogged we made our way overland to the Caribbean coast side of the country, the road only gets you so far and then a 2 hour boat trip down river to the coast is needed to get to the port town of Bluefield’s, famous for its drugs and prostitution, from there we planned to take a ferry out to the Corn Islands, jewels in the Caribbean
Stuck waiting for a ferry which may or may not turn up (it seemed the locals are as in the dark as gringo’s on this) we made a pretty quick decision to jump on board a bit of a rusted out old tub of a lobster boat called the Miss Ivy, with the 18 man crew for the 5 hour cruise to our destination, Big Corn Island. This was one of those moments where if it was a movie you would be saying ‘its there own fault they got murdered and thrown off that boat, what were they thinking was going to happen?” however it happened to be a very cool experience, they crew were all very nice, offering up beers as soon as we cruised out of the harbour, the water like glass, dolphins in the wake and some broken conversation, they were going out for 45 days targeting lobster for export to the States and Europe, when I told them it would end up on some plate in a restaurant in New York going for $50 they just could not get it, they had film on there phones of hundreds of lobster (tails only) going in there freezers
The islands themselves were stunning, just what expected from the Caribbean, I did a couple of dives, nice fish, sharks, rays etc, coral a bit average. Also went fishing with a local bloke in his canoe, he spoke for three hours about his dream of haulling in a package of “white lobster” (dumped cocaine from the drug boats heading out from Colombia to the US, in 2005 bails of it washed up on the beaches around the island, he claimed the police sold the lot of it, would not be surprising.
From there we caught the ferry (soft option) back to the main land and headed for the colonial town of Leon, stayed with a very cool older local guy who had a couple of small rooms at the back of his place, he humoured me while I grilled him on like in the country during the revolution and what followed, great guy and when we left he gave us presents of Handkerchiefs???
From there we headed to Honduras, we are now in a town called Gracias, heading to some Maya ruins in next few days then back to Caribbean for some more islands and beaches before Flying to NY on the 18th.
Bit of the teacher coming through in this blog, maybe I need to be back in front of a class to get my fix.
Hope all are well
Rich and Han