The Carribean - one step closer to being a pirate.

Trip Start Feb 06, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, March 12, 2006

spent a few days in livingston, a cool little carribean town on the mouth of the Rio Dulce. Most of the people of livingston are Garifuna, descendents of African slaves brought to the carribean by the spanish and english, who were forcibly settled on the island of Roatan due to their tendency to rebel. I gathered they are still quiet proud of their efforts in the past.

It was pretty quiet while i was there but nice to chill out a bit and have some time to myself. I met up with a young canadian couple and went on a tour of town and out towards the more traditional garifuna settlements then on to a ´waterfall´ with little water running. It was already the dry season, but according to our guide the government has further reduced flow to deprive the indigenous population (probably Mayans further upstream) of water. This sounds fairly typical from what i´ve heard of the Guatemalan government. Was still nice to swim and explore a bit of the jungle and coastline.

I tried a Garifuna dish called tapado - a whole fish, a whole crab, prawns, bananas and some other vegetables in coconut milk soup, and was very tasty. It was the first seafood i´d had in a long time as it was very dodgy in mainland guatemala and i had been avoiding it. I figured livingston was right on the water, and i could see the fishing boats coming and going from where i was eating so it must be ok. Turned out i was wrong- maybe having the fish sitting in a bucket out the back wasn´t the best place to store them. Got pretty sick that night and spent most of the next day in bed in crazy heat.

Was all good though and i left for Honduras the next day. I will definitely miss Guatemala, and take lots of good memories with me! I´ll be coming back one day soon i hope.
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