No more Marzena :(

So Marzena left me this morning at a little after 6am… I sat and plotted my next move for a couple hours while I watched Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (in english) before getting weirded out by being in the big empty apartment by myself… I got here (La Ceiba) a little before 4 and got an overpriced hotel room… but there’s a/c and tv to occupy me at least…

Yesterday for Marzena’s last day we spent at a much, much nicer beach we found on the outskirts of town… there’s a nice resort hotel there and we just parked ourselves in front of it and made use of their on-beach bar facilities… Then we ate dinner at the pretty nice hotel on the top of a hill with really nice night-time views of the town and the water…

It was really cool to have a friend from home down here for a week but it went by SO fast… Now I’m readjusting to being on my own again.. which is kinda weird… but it shouldn’t be long til I’m back in my routine again…

I head out from here in the morning for a 2 hour boat ride over to the island of Roatàn, where I’ll be spending the next 5 or 6 days getting my PADI Open Water SCUBA certificate… which should be amazing… I don’t think I’m going to be able to call or e-mail from there so I might not update for almost a week… But for now I posted pictures to my last entry for your viewing enjoyment…

¡Adios!

¡Caribe!

I’m now in the peaceful (maybe?) town of Tela on the Caribbean coast of northern Honduras… We made the trek over from Copán Ruinas on Tuesday and that took up most of our day…

Yesterday we spent a little while down on the beach… which is nice if a bit garbage-strewn… We also moved into another hotel which has spacious apartments with a/c, tv, and a kitchen and everything… and it’s really nice…

We woke up early this morning to go on a tour of Punta Sal, at the tip of a long peninsula jutting out into the Caribbean. The boat ride to land took about an hour before we got on shore for an hour or so of hiking through the tropical forest where we saw a lot of these crazy crabs and HUGE spiders (but no monkeys unfortunately)…

We met the boat on the other side of the peninsula where we reboarded and made our way to another spot along the shore where snorkeling equipment was handed out and we explored a little offshore reef along the coast… At first Marzena was freaked out by the prospect of breathing underwater but after some coaxing she grew to love it…

After an hour or so of snorkeling we got back on the boat and went to this small settlement of houses on a nice beach where one of the two families allowed to live in the National Park have their homes. They cooked us a great lunch which a little green parrot watched us eat in the open-air thatched dining area… After lunch we had a couple hours to just relax on the gorgeous beach before heading back to town…

I have a bunch of amazing pictures from the trip but I don’t have my camera with me to put them online… I’ll post them asap, so check back.

Hope everyone is well… TTYS

I hurt…

…but it’s ok… ’cause I got to ride a crazy horse yesterday…

But to start at the beginning (or where I left off anyway), I met Marzena at the airport on Saturday and we went straight to the bus station and onto a bus for 4 hours to the town of Copán Ruinas… a town right near the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Copán where we spent Sunday.

Then yesterday was Marzena’s birthday and we booked a tour to this huge coffee & cardamom farm… where we spent like 4 hours riding horses (which I did NOT expect to make me feel as hurt-up as I do today…) which was amazing… we swam in a mountain river, learned about coffee and cardamom production… I got a scrape on my face from a tree branch, and Marzena’s horse decided to scrape her leg along a barbed wire fence… this in addition to the general aches and pains that a day of horseback riding brings… We’re now quite sore and are about to head out to another town for a couple days of more fun…

Gotta go catch the bus… Later!

12 hours… TWELVE HOURS!!

I was on a bus for over 12 hours today… Leaving from Managua, Nicaragua (pretty scary town I must say.. or at least the bus station neighborhood) at 5am and getting into San Pedro Sula, Honduras like an hour ago (~5:30pm)… Thank god the bus was air conditioned and comfy or it would have been hell on wheels…

I checked into a nice hotel ($20) to treat myself after the bus ride and it’s really freaking nice when you compare it with all my other digs so far…

Yesterday in order to kill some Managua time I walked to this modern shopping mall and saw Elektra (no it wasn’t good.. but it kept me occupied for a couple hours)… I got popcorn and a soda (of course) but the popcorn ended up not sitting well with my stomach… I woke up after my 3 hours of sleep and I had an interesting morning… throwing up popcorn like 5 minutes before the bus left… which was not fun… even less fun was getting it on my shorts… But I suppose I should just be glad I didn’t throw up on the bus… ’cause that would have just been horrible…

Anyway… Tomorrow Marzena flies in and I’m gonna meet her at the airport and then we’re gonna hop a bus for the ancient Mayan ruins of Copan where we’ll spend her first 2 nights… I haven’t eaten anything today other than 4 Chips Ahoy cookies and so I really need to go eat something…

¡Hasta mas tarde!

¡La Playa!

After a few days chilling out in Granada, today I headed down to San Juan del Sur to get some beach time in… I found a little hotel with rooms with a/c, private bath (cold water… but who needs hot water anyway?) and cable tv for $13… which is a bit of a splurge in this country but I’m about due for a splurge… The hotel is 1/2 a block from the beach.. which is pretty but certainly not the most beautiful I’ve ever seen… the town is on a horseshoe-shaped cove with huge cliffs all around… It’s very reminiscent of Southern California’s coast… It’s a type of ecosystem called chaparral… (think Mediterranean)… kinda dry, with shrubby foliage… Heh… there’s one thing I learned in college…

So I’m here for a couple days before heading up into the gritty capital city of Managua on Thursday from where my 13 hour international bus ride originates on Friday… Saturday I meet up with Marzena in San Pedro Sula, Honduras for a week of fun…

So yes, I’m alive… very much so in fact… and tomorrow I get to spend a whole day baking in the sun!

Granada, Nica!

Yesterday I crossed the border into Nicaragua… a pleasant, though not quick, experience… I paid $10 for a bus directly from where I was in Costa Rica to the town I was headed for in Nicaragua so that the bus people deal with most of the immigration stuff… Waiting on line to get my exit stamp from Costa Rica took the longest… but entering Nicaragua wasn’t quick either… especially with all the fuss after this guy got pulled off the bus for smuggling cocaine…

I made a little map to show my progress so far:

That’s me where the red X is..  The red line is where I’ve been and the blue is where I’m headed in the next two months or so…

This is a really old colonial town and the architecture shows it… I’ve included a couple pictures I stole from the internet to illustrate what it looks like here… The hostel I’m staying at is in an old colonial mansion… with 2 courtyards, one with a leafy garden, the other with a little pool… It’s quite pretty here…

Common People

So I don’t have a notebook handy and Common People by Pulp came on the internet radio station I’m listening to and I had to note it down so I remember to download the song when I get home… It’s one of the songs I always hear when out in the city… usually with Polly

I’m in Liberia… and I just realized that I forgot to add Pentel R.S.V.P.’s to the list of things I need sent down to me urgently… the pens down here SUCK…

Umm.. yeah.. that brings me to my next order of business… and that’s that everyone needs to make me mix CD’s and mail, or get them to Marzena some other way asap in order to bring entertainment to my life when she comes down in 10 days… e-mail me at me@dception.com and I’ll give you her address if you’re interested… If you wanna send me brand new CDs that’s ok too.

I think I changed my mind as to the order I’m doing things in the next week or so… I bought a pricey ($10) bus ticket from where I am in Costa Rica into Nicaragua so as to avoid all the annoyance and chaos of dealing with the border stuff on my own… that and there’s a/c and movies  I’m going to head to Granada first.. spend the weekend there… then backtrack an hour or so to San Juan del Sur for a couple days on the beach… then back to Granada again for more fun there…

Zip-Line Craziness

So I’ve been in Monteverde since leaving San Jose the other day… and yesterday I did this crazy zip-line tour of the upper canopy of the cloud forest… I had met up with a couple people on Sunday night at the bar and did the trip with them… It was more of a thrill than a natural experience, but the second part of the tour I booked consisted of a hiking trail interspersed with really long and high foot suspension bridges through the trees… which was amazing… and I spotted a lonely male howler monkey along the way… which quenched my “monkey thirst” for a while… You can see pictures/video of what it’s like here.

Internet’s really expensive up here so I haven’t used it since Sunday morning… and I’m heading down to the town of Liberia, closer to the Nicaragua border to set myself up to cross into Nica on Thursday morning… where I’ll head immediately to the beach town of San Juan del Sur to get some sun in…

Time’s up.. TTYL!

Leaving SJ…

Tonight is my last night in San Jose… a city which I’ve quite enjoyed… Tomorrow night I’ll be arriving in Monteverde… a town far up in the mountains in cloud forest… I plan to do a day of hiking and a day of a crazy zip-line tour where you slide along wires suspended between trees at the top of the rainforest… Should be cool… if a bit cold… But it will be refreshing I suppose…

I’m beat… TTYL!

Insane People

So there’s a crazy man in this hostel… He corners people and talks on and on about all his various conspiracy theories and spouts all this information (some truthful, some ridiculous)… And last night the three of us (me, Zelda, and I think his name is Max) were talking and he approached as we were talking about New York and London… and started telling us that soon everyone is going to leave the cities and the retreat into the countryside… comparing it to the collapse of the Maya… (which was probably due to an overuse of resources that couldn’t sustain their high population levels…) and so I thought I knew where he was coming from with the statement…

But then it got extremely weird… Because, according to him, at some point the ambient background radio frequency of the Earth changed, and it changed us from the more monkey-like form that we were originally in… And so his friend has figured this out and is gathering money to build a high-powered transmitter to send out the signal that will revert us all to this monkeyman form… we’ll all grow hair and revert to our “natural” form…

So that’s just a very tiny sampling of what comes out of this man’s mouth… he’s talking at someone behind me right now… About mammoths in India… So, uh… yeah..

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