La Ceiba

Trip Start Sep 11, 2008
Trip End Jun 05, 2009

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Rotterdam Hostel

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

We got a bus from Rio Dulce to San Pedro Sula in Honduras and spent a night there before we headed to La Ceiba on the Caribbean. San Pedro was pretty grim and dodgy so we only stayed a night in the nice Hotel Real. We went to the Parque Central where the Gran Hotel Sula has a bar round its pool behind the hotel. We went for a drink there which was like stepping into 1980īs Miami or something with cheesy organ music and a guy crooning. We only stayed for one beer needless to say.
We arrived in La Ceiba on Valentines day after a 4 hour trip in a chicken bus. The chicken buses donīt seem to have any animals at all on, except for one we got in Guatemala where a goat and some chickens were chucked on top of our luggage in the hold down below. They are just old US coaches with windows that slide open for air and are perfectly comfortable. The old yellow school buses run the local routes. We stayed at the Rotterdam hostel right by the beach which was OK, cold water showers as usual and a good few mosquitos and roaches but they donīt bother us much. There happened to be a carnival on in the whole of the main street in the Zona Viva, the party area right next to us. We drank cheap beers from stalls and I literally had to drag Lucy to go for a meal n Valentines day rather than eat street food. She chose a restaurant with tunes blasting and we ate huge plates of BBQ`d chops and tried to talk, then she went off dancing with Honduran ladies to her favourite tunes of 10 years ago. We drank more and checked out all the stages in the street but nobody was really dancing though. On one stage playing the local Garifuna Punta music, they got a guy out of the crowd to dance with the girl on stage. He seemed so shy but then started dancing proper filthy with this girl, the crowd (of all ages) started screaming and laughing in shock. At one part where he was grinding her bent over, she swapped with him so she was behind then they quickly swapped her for a guy in the band so it was 2 guys together, the poor kid had no idea. The crowd then started falling over laughing, many of them in total shock, homosexuality is almost non-existent in Honduras and completely taboo apparently. He didnīt know until he got off the stage and his mates told him, then he seemed like he was off to get his gun. The carnival was fortunately patrolled by a couple of hundred police with machine guns though and there was no trouble.
Other than the carnival we took it easy in Ceiba. We spent one day at a Mall, hanging out as you do. We swam in the Caribbean which at Ceiba is not too warm and looks like any other sea as theres a dark sand beach, nice but off-limits after dark We walked round the small park built by Standard Fruit, the first company to start growing and exporting bananas in Honduras giving it the title of the original Banana Republic. Theres a few bits of the old train they used to use there and a stange brass rhino??? I got my hair cut in another backstreet barbers, check out the photo of the bosseyed geeza and his mate who thought it was the best thing ever that we had come in. He did a fine job though.
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