From a town called thank you

Trip Start Apr 13, 2010
Trip End Sep 30, 2010

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Flag of Honduras  , Lempira,
Friday, August 6, 2010

With under 2 weeks of our trip to go we find ourselves in our 9th and final country, Honduras.   Since our last blog we have left the fine state of Nicaragua after nearly a month, time definately speeds up the longer you travel.   Nicaragua is the poorest country in Central America with very troubled past, ruled for the better part of 40 years by one very corrupt family, followed by revolution then war throughout the 1980s involving dodgy CIA dealings and not really "safe" I guess till the 90's, this of course makes it an interest place to visit and still not many tourists around, a few Yanks starting to buy up old mansions and convert them to hotels and bars and I imagine it will become a more interesting cheaper alternative to Costa Rica in the near future. 

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.  The people on this coast are afro Caribbean, escaped and freed slaves from English colonies to the north, so speak English, well the words are English but they way they use them is a little different, a very cool dialect.   They also have that whole air of 'whatever’ in a lot of there dealings, many of the people we dealt with could have benefited from a “how to deal with people in the travel and tourism industry” course based out of one of New Zealand’s institutes of technology.

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.   I even got to skipper the boat for a while as the real skipper took a bit of a nap.

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
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Kate on

Great photos & recount, you should be a travel writer! How's your Spanish coming along? Love to u & Han X

richandhan on

Hey puta, españoles que vienen de maravilla. Recién han pasado los días a las sorprendentes runis Maya y frente a la playa de la última semana de nuestro viaje. Alojarse en un lugar llamado Casa Kiwi por un tiempo, debe ser interesante.
La esperanza de que Francia es fría, no aceptamos ningún tipo de mierda de los niños.


richandhan on

The term Puta may be a little harsh, could not find another translation for Tart!!!!!

richandhan on

Just thought id check is this Kate from Onslow or Kate my cousin, if Kate from work, disregard last comments and thanks for reading blog, hope all well at school, if Kate S regard comments.

Tart on

Dick Hey, gracias por la nota, estoy usando traductor Google para responder . . Viaje Siena loco. Ok Francia, sienten un tempo de enfriamiento, Comoros Minos consentidos, pero el aprendizaje de suss trucos, etc Cuando ustedrs llegan eel Oriente Medio? Navidad planes? Xx

us on

you do realize New York is filled with Americans?

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