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Arriving home after a long trip

February 16th, 2012 No comments

I’m now back home after 3 weeks of long and exhausting travel days but also of many, many new experiences and new friends. This has been one of the most fulfilling trips I’ve ever been on even if it did end with three back to back flights.

My overnight flight from Panama yesterday went well. I caught up on a bit of sleep but could have done with a bit more, however it gave me a chance to catch up on my reading. I was impressed with the service on the flight – drinks came round all the way through the night at regular intervals to make up for the fact that all liquids were confiscated at the gate including ones we bought in the terminal and the staff spoke at least 3 languages which puts me to shame. The plane landed in Amsterdam on time and after proceeding through security I transferred over to my KLM Cityhopper flight back to Heathrow.

As I was on a small plane my bags came through by the time I made it through passport control and I didn’t get stopped at customs so it was one of the quickest arrivals at Heathrow I’ve ever had. I grabbed a quick coffee at Costa before catching the tube back to St Pancras ready for my train back home – the whole journey back was cold, wet and windy which is the stereotypical welcome back to The UK but I’m glad there’s no snow here like during the cold spell I read about while in Honduras.

I’m completely exhausted now so will be going to sleep shortly but I’ve had so many experiences and made so many new friends along the way I’ll have these memories with me for a very long time so it has all been worth it.

There weren’t really any bad points of the trip either – sure things were a little disorganised at time but things never run to schedule in Central America and Mena did a great job of making sure we were safe and that we got where we needed to go. If I had to pick a bad point I’d say the only one I can think of is the fact that some of the team who had been travelling since Mexico never really tried to let us integrate with their half of the team meaning that after a 17 night trip I still don’t know what some of their names were. However this didn’t cause any problems and didn’t stop me from having a good time or making friends – Team Breakaway ended up being far too awesome anyway and I’m happy to have become friends with them!

Central America is a destination I’ve wanted to go to for many years and it was one that didn’t disappoint me as I’m sure you’ll have noticed by the tone of this blog.

I want to go back!

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Into Costa Rica

February 9th, 2012 No comments

There was only one minibus available to take us to the 730 ferry to the Nicaraguan mainland today but somehow we managed to all fit inside with our bags on top. The ride back to the mainland was just as calm even though there was a strong wind blowing this morning so I didn’t need the spare seasickness tablet I found the other day left over from the Roatan crossing. The crossing itself went without a hitch but by the time we arrived back in San Jorge I was so hungry due to not eating since the BBQ yesterday so picked up a bag of some sort of sweetened corn bread from a seller at the dock which only cost the equivalent of 50 cents but filled a large gap!

This is the cottage I stayed in

The cottage containing my room on Ometepe

Back on the Nicaraguan mainland

Arriving back on the mainland

Mena worked out that the cheapest and easiest way to get to the Costa Rican border would be to take taxis from the dock and, just like the other taxis we used in Honduras, the ride was incredibly fast but the driver handled the car well and we arrived at the border earlier than planned which was just as well due to what was ahead of us. The local mayor has imposed a tax on visitors entering the border area so we had to pay $1 to these people in a hut on the approach to the border in exchange for a ticket which would allow us into the border area itself. Once on the other side the exit procedure from Nicaragua went smoothly and after paying my $3 for an exit stamp I helped translate for some of the group who were needing to exchange money.

After everybody had done everything they needed to we walked across the border into Costa Rica where we were presented with a VERY long queue for passport control. It seems they were being very detailed with their checks as over an hour later when we reached the front of the queue we found out they were checking the onward travel details of everybody before letting them into the country. This didn’t pose a problem for me as I had all of the details they needed but it posed a problem for some of the group who were travelling on an e-ticket they only purchased recently and didn’t manage to print out. Others just didn’t print their itinerary out which is always a bad idea but once again Mena managed to straighten everything out and the border guards let us all in… eventually. By this time we were exhausted and we were glad that we opted to pay Mena an extra $8 each to travel on from the border by minibus as opposed to travelling by local bus.

Liberia, Costa Rica

This is where we stopped for lunch in Liberia, Costa Rica

Scenery of Costa Rica

My first Costa Rica scenery photo

After an hour in the city of Liberia for lunch we started heading up into the mountains to our first destination in Costa Rica – the Monteverde Cloud Forest. It’s actually really nice up here except for the fact it’s freezing cold and we all need to wear our jackets that we didn’t expect to need until we arrived back home. The hotel we’re staying at here is really nice – the rooms are big, the setting is nice, the owners are friendly, they have an adorable dog called Luco, and also there’s the free wi-fi.

Going up into the Costa Rican mountains

Heading uphill into the mountains

A Costa Rican mountain village

A village we stopped at on the way up the mountains

Our hotel in Monteverde

My room at the Historias Lodge in Monteverde

Tonight some of the group opted to go on a night trek around the jungle to see some wildlife but I had read in advance that Tarantula sightings would be guaranteed on this particular walk so I gave it a miss – instead opting for a Team Breakaway dinner at a lovely but expensive restaurant called The Tree House. The food there was incredible – I had the “Tablito Tipico” which was a large dish consisting of all sorts of typical Costa Rican foods including tortilla, meats, cheeses, banana balls, lemon juice sauteed onion and much more. It was well worth a visit and Mena says she’s going to suggest we have a group meal there tomorrow which I’m definitely up for.

Yummy!

The food that we had on day 1 in Monteverde

The Tree House

The Tree House restaurant

Freezing Costa Rica

Kelly shows how cold it got at night in Monteverde!

Mena

Mena shows her appreciation for The Tree House

I’m back in the hotel now relaxing while waiting for the others to return as the door in the room is self locking and I’ll need to let Guido in. Although we did decided to sit in the hotel reception drinking a bottle of wine, playing with Luco, and chatting before heading back to our rooms which was really nice. I know I’ve said it before but I really like the people that make up Team Breakaway.


A video of us playing with Luco at the hotel earlier in the day.

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Charlie : Nicaragua

February 9th, 2012 No comments

We have been in Nicaragua for a few days now and unfortunately we are getting ready to leave this lovely country to travel to our final country of the trip, Costa Rica, but we have had a good time here.

Our first stop, after travelling via Managua, was the town of Grenada. While there we had a look around town, saw some lovely colonial buildings, went swimming, had some good food and visited an active volcano. That is one more thing off of my bucket list but the fumes did make my throat and eyes hurt despite wearing gas masks when we were at the edge of the crater.

Charlie

Charlie in Granada, Nicaragua

Charlie

Charlie in Granada, Nicaragua

Charlie

Charlie overlooking an active volcano

After Grenada we travelled to Ometepe Island, in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. Here we did some kayaking, walking around what we could of a flooded national park, swam in the shark infested lake and enjoyed the lovely scenery. Unfortunately Charlie didn’t feature in any photos from Ometepe as they were mainly water based, and he preferred to stay in the hotel where it was dry.

I wish that me and Charlie could have visited more of this country, after wanting to come here for so long, so we will have to return again at some point.

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Kayaking in a shark-infested lake

February 8th, 2012 No comments

The first item for today, after a lazy breakfast, was to head next door with Gary and Kelly to go kayaking up into the National Park which for only 100 Cordoba ($5) each was probably the cheapest activity we have done so far!

We made our way out onto the lake and along to the National Park which, as I mentioned in yesterdays post, has been partially flooded due to the rising water levels in the past year. As a result we were able to go fairly deep into the park until mangroves and trees blocked our way to check out the wildlife and plant life that inhabits it. During our time there we saw, and heard, a whole family of howler monkeys along with lots of birds, fish, plants and flying bugs and it was nice to be able to get really close to everything without really bothering them which we would have done on foot if the place hadn’t flooded. Whether we were allowed in there on the kayaks that’s another question which I don’t actually know the answer to.

Me and Kelly on kayaks

Me and Kelly kayaking around the National Park

Me kayaking

Me kayaking in the National Park

After the National Park we spent some time kayaking around into the next bay where we were able to land on the beach to take some photos and walk around inside the park for a while. While we were on the beach we ran into an American guy who was staying at the same hotel as us and he said he had to walk all the way around the park, down a track and into the park from the other side to get to where we were so using the kayaks definitely saved us some time. However it was soon time for us to return the kayaks to the hotel and after doing so I decided to swim in the lake for a while just for the novelty of swimming in a shark infested lake. For those of you not in the know Ometepe lake is inhabited by a type of Freshwater Shark that has been known to attack people in the past but which has unfortunately been illegally fished by the locals so the population is nowhere near what it should be.

Our landing area

The area we checked out by Kayak

In a shark-infested lake

Me and Kelly in a shark-infested lake

This afternoon a few of us visited a natural swimming hole on the other side of the island which was apparently a nice place to relax and go swimming. The hotel organised a minibus to take us there, wait for us as long as we wanted, and bring us back for a set price. At the swimming hole the natural rock pool had been formed into a proper river-fed swimming pool which still had the natural bottom and fish swimming in it. There were facilities including a bar, restaurant, souvenir shops, restrooms and sun loungers and we probably spent a couple of hours there swimming and relaxing. I tried to order some food and drinks but they didn’t seem to understand what I was asking for so I just settled for a bottle of water which I know how to order in perfect Spanish. One thing that we thought seemed like a good idea at the time was to jump into the pool from the upstream end and let the current drag us into the pool – that was until I hit myself on the submerged rocks so be careful if you decide to do that while there. I also decided to see if I could swim against the current to see what it’s like but could get nowhere near the end of the pool.

Swimming hole

Me at the Swimming Hole

Swimming hole

The swimming hole

Swimming hole

The swimming hole was nice

Football game

A game of football on Ometepe Island

The road around Ometepe Island

The road around Ometepe Island

Ometepe

A view to the other side of Ometepe Island

When we returned to the hotel Mena was dealing with an incident involving some of the others in the group who had rented motorbiked. The guide at the hotel recommended they didn’t rent them as they have problems every time guests rent them from a local provider but they decided to go anyway. One of our group fell off and damaged the bike on an unpaved road and another one slipped off and badly burnt her leg on the engine. Mena managed to smooth it over with the company and the amount they were charged reduced significantly when she threatened to call the police. I didn’t really hear much of the conversation though as I wanted to get changed and showered ready for the special BBQ that was organised for tonight.

As it was one of our groups birthday today, and the hotel offered, we had a BBQ put on for us by the hotel consisting of all sorts of meats, rice and beans, fish and tortillas. The quality wasn’t as good as it could have been but it was really nice and they even cooked a birthday cake for him which we had for dessert.

BBQ

The BBQ that we had for dinner on Ometepe

Birthday cake

Birthday celebrations in Nicaragua

Tomorrow we head into our final country of the trip, Costa Rica, which is the most built up of all the countries on this trip so there should be plenty to do. Four nights in Nicaragua was definitely not enough – I’ve wanted to come to this country for almost 10 years and I like it here so definitely need to return again!

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Look out for the Howler Monkey

February 7th, 2012 No comments

Today was the shortest transfer of the trip so far and it only took a few hours to get to our next destination – the beautiful volcanic Ometepe island where I’m currently sat on a terrace overlooking the lake. I can’t really see anything as it’s dark but it’s a lovely atmosphere.

This morning we met at 645 ready to get a private minibus the short 75 minute ride to the ferry terminal at San Jorge. We arrived a little early so grabbed some snacks at the little kiosk just outside the dock – I had some sort of closed filled tortilla thing which was greasy but filled a gap and was cheap so I grabbed a few more before making my way onto the boat. When I saw how old the boat was I expected a really rough crossing with how strong the wind was blowing but the crossing itself was actually really nice – heaven compared to the ride out to Roatan in Honduras last week! The journey took maybe 90 minutes and gave us a chance to chat about things while watching the scenery go by.

To the ferry

Walking to the Ometepe Ferry

The ferry

The ferry to Ometepe Island

On the ferry

On board the Ometepe Ferry

Ometepe Island

Approaching Ometepe Island

After disembarking the ferry we all jumped in a couple of minibuses for the short ride to the hotel where, after checking in, we were told all about the various tours that we could take part in. I made use of the free wi-fi (the 4th place we’ve stopped at in a row to offer this facility – I’m sensing a pattern) to read up more on the island and decide what to do. Top of the list was the National Park just up the beach from our hotel so after dumping our bags in the room I wandered with Gina to check it out.

It was a nice walk past a couple of fields and hotels to the National Park and we saw plenty of wildlife on the way. We had trouble getting past at times due to the water level in the lake so had to cut through one of the fields – we found out after getting back that the level of the lake is much higher than normal due to heavy rains in the past year. This fact caused us a bit of a problem when we reached the park as it was partially flooded and we couldn’t walk too far into it before having to turn back, but we were able to see Howler Monkeys which were the thing we set out to see. Just make sure you don’t stand below for too long as we were only alerted to the presence of one above us when it threw poop at us – only missing Gina by a matter of inches!

Transportation

The transport to our hotel

The lake

A view from our hotel terrace on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

Ometepe Beach

A beach on Ometepe Island

Ometepe Island

A view of one of the Ometepe volcanoes

Monkey!

The monkey that threw poop

I planned to swim in the lake for a bit but it started to rain heavily so I read while relaxing on one of the hammocks on the terrace before joining the group for dinner at the hotel restaurant. The food isn’t too great here but it was a great evening – as usual we formed Team Breakaway and had a long evening of drinks, jokes and random iPod karaoke – everything from Children of Bodom to AFI to Blink 182 to Billy Idol and back again. I like this group they’re a fun bunch of people, although I’ll just mention for anybody reading that we didn’t form Team Breakaway out of our lack of willing to integrate or anything – it’s just that as the new people on the tour me, Gary, Kelly and Gina all ended up bonding quickly as the others already had bonded as a group so we’ve done a lot of activities together, along with Mena who we all seem to have a lot in common with.

A Lizard

We spotted this lizard while on our walk

Kelly on the lake

Kelly enjoying the lake at our hotel

We’ve decided that tomorrow we’ll rent the kayaks from the sister hotel next door and check out the National Park – if we can’t explore them on foot due to the floods then we’ll explore them by water!

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Visiting an active volcano

February 6th, 2012 No comments

Today was my first full day in Nicaragua and I had a great time. My eyes sting, I feel sick and am coughing a bit from tonight’s sightseeing activities though – I’ll explain more later on in this post.

The day started off with a lazy wander to the laundry and a coffee at a cafe with Guido just down from the main square. It’s a little awkward sharing a room with him as he’s from Switzerland and doesn’t speak any English, or Spanish, and I haven’t spoken Germany in many years so am finding communication a bit difficult but he seems a nice guy.

Granada

Granada Nicaragua

Nicaraguan breakfast

A traditional Nicaraguan breakfast

The main square

Part of the main square in Granada

The cathedral in Granada

The Cathedral at the main square in Granada

On the way back to the hotel I found half of the others wandering the streets carrying dry-bags looking lost so I decided to show them where the laundry was instead of just letting them walk around for ages – then we all decided to have breakfast to talk about the day ahead. A few people wanted to lay about near the pool all day until our afternoon volcano hike but me and Gina decided that we wanted to see this town as it seems really nice so after breakfast we wandered around town taking photos of the various churches, parks, the lake and the central square before grabbing a few more souvenirs and heading back to the hotel.

Down at the shore

At the shores of the lake

Granada

A park in Granada Nicaragua

A church in Granada

One of the churches in Granada

In addition to being a really nice town with lots of character the people here seem to be honest and nice people. This morning when buying some bottles of water ready for the day ahead the guy at reception in my hotel didn’t have enough change to give me and when I returned after my walk with Gina he had the money ready for me and came straight over to give it back which he didn’t need to (It was only 50p worth) but it was nice of him.

While waiting for the volcano hike I relaxed by the pool with a few of the girls, although I couldn’t get in as my swim shorts were in the laundry, but it was nice to just relax for a while as the rest of the day was hectic with lots of walking.

Swimming pool

Our hotel had a swimming pool

Our hotel

The balcony at our hotel

Our hotel

Another pic of our hotel in Granada

Then at 330 we were met by Ramon who would be our tour guide for the trip out of town to see the Masaya Volcano which we were told had become more active recently and there was a chance we would be able to see a glow of lava in the crater. The trip to Masaya didn’t take long but took us through a few nice towns and then into the National Park where, after checking in, our first stop was the Visitor Centre. Ramon gave us a brief introduction to the volcano and the centre itself before giving us a chance to look around at the exhibits that included maps, samples of lava, photos and paintings at our own pace before getting back onto the minibus to take us further up the volcano.

The next stop was an old lava flow from the eruption in 1772 which is entrenched in local folklore. Apparently when the locals in one of the towns near the volcano saw the eruption was heading their way they dispatched a team from the town, including the priest, to the top of the volcano to pray to the Gods they believed inhabited the volcano and when they did this the lava turned to the side and their town was spared. They marked the place they congregated with a cross on top of the volcano – a replica / replacement of which can be seen from far away. The lava flow itself was difficult to walk on but we stopped to take photos and have a brief introduction to the flow of lava from Ramon.

Masaya Volcano

On our way up the Masaya Volcano

Me standing on lava

Me standing on a field of old lava from the Masaya volcano

When we reached the top of the volcano the view was incredible. You could drive right the way up to the craters edge, making sure you parked your car facing the exit just in case, and from here you could see for miles in all directions. You could also see the smoke coming from the active volcano crater which, to put it bluntly, stunk really badly. We stayed here long enough to take photos, including sacrificial ones, before walking up to the highest point on the craters edge to see the cross I mentioned earlier where it was really windy and we had to hold onto our hats.

Me being sacrificed

Me being sacrificed into an active volcano

Me and the crater

Me with the crater of the Masaya volcano

Take notice of this!

Just in case of an eruption

Nicaraguan scenery

A view from the top of the Masaya volcano

The volcano car park

This is how close the vehicles parked to the crater!

A cross

The cross at the top of the Masaya volcano

After being told about the cross we were taken on what Ramon described as “The Lord of The Rings Walk” which took us up and around the rim between the two craters on the Masaya Volcano to provide us with some really great views of the sunset. It was a bit tiring and at times we had to scramble up / down slippery gravel surfaces but it was definitely worth it. If you’re afraid of heights I wouldn’t recommend it as a couple of people had to turn back and they met us back at the minibus before we moved on to the next portion of the trip – an extinct lava tube that you could walk through.

On the way down to the lava tube we passed a couple of caves which were inhabited by bats and we stopped to see them. I managed to get a few good photos of them leaving the caves – they left in large numbers and some flew so close to me that I could feel the flapping of their wings going past my face! After seeing some pretty big spiders a few of us ushered the group on and into the lava tube. To walk in the lava tube we had to wear hard hats to protect our heads and use torches as we were able to walk almost 200m into the tunnel up to the point where it was blocked by rubble. Apparently during the times of the Sandinistas drafting people locals used to hide in the tunnel to avoid being dragged into military service and put rubble in the way to make everybody else think it was the end of the tunnel. We turned our lights off for a bit to get the full effect of what it must have been like hiding in a tunnel which was really creepy especially when you get bumped into by another member of the group – thanks Kelly!

Lord of The Rings walk

The "Lord of The Rings" walk around the Masaya volcano

Bats!

A photo of a bat leaving its cave

Inside a lava tube

In one of the old lava tubes of the volcano

Then it was time for what I had been looking forward to the most, the glow of the lava in the crater, so after returning our hard hats we got back on the minibus for a drive up to a lookout platform overhanging the crater on the side away from light pollution. When we got up there we were told we would only be able to view it a few people at a time and only stay out for a couple of minutes due to the fact the platform was currently engulfed in volcanic fumes and they didn’t have enough gas masks for all of us. The glow wasn’t as bright as I expected as it was just the light coming from one of the lava tubes rather than actual lava itself so it took a time exposure photo to capture it but it was still pretty cool – despite the fact my eyes still sting, I feel sick and have a sore throat some hours later!

Gas Mask

Me wearing a gas mask in order to see the glow of lava

The glow of lava

The glow of lava from a lava tube in the Masaya crater

When we returned to Granada we had a nice group meal out in town at a fusion restaurant. I opted for a steak and veg meal which, along with 2 drinks, only came to £12 which is amazing value compared to the UK! We had a chance to chat and reflect on what we had seen on the day – I’m very impressed with Nicaragua as is Gary by the looks of things. He thinks the sign at the border should read “Welcome to Nicaragua – the country that knows how to get its shit together” haha. That is true though things to seem to work better in Nicaragua compared to the other countries we’ve been to so far and it’s a shame we only get to spend 4 nights here. Tomorrow we head to our last destination in this country – Ometepe Island.

Dinner time

This was a lovely meal at "Tercer Ojo" in Granada

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Crossing into Nicaragua

February 5th, 2012 No comments

I’m now in Nicaragua, which is the country I’ve been looking forward to visiting the most on this trip, but so far all we’ve done is travel so I haven’t had a chance to see too much yet.

Our journey started at 7am with a chicken bus from right outside the hotel in Comayagua. It was cramped but not as bad as I expected – just make sure you don’t sit near the wheel arch. On the journey we saw Comayagua properly for the first time due to arrive so late the night before. I asked Mena about that and asked why we stayed there as opposed to just going all the way to Tegucigalpa on the bus and she said that as we wouldn’t have time to see anything at last nights stop anyway Intrepid have decided that Comayagua is a better place to stay as it’s a lot safer than Tegucigalpa.

Comayagua by day

Comayagua by day

Veg market

Veg sellers in Tegucigalpa

On the chicken bus

The view inside our chicken bus

How did Kelly manage to relax?

Kelly somehow managed to sleep on the chicken bus

The bus took probably an hour to get to Tegucigalpa and it dropped us right at the Tica Bus terminal where we were due to catch the long distance bus over the border from into Nicaragua. There was just enough time to stock up on snacks and use the rest rooms before we had to board the bus – luckily we also had assigned seats on this bus as it was a long journey. Tica Bus is the luxury long distance bus company that covers Central America and if it offers a route between the places you want to go then I highly recommend them – the coaches are comfortable and there’s plenty of leg room. That is, of course, unless the person in front of you puts their seat all the way back as happened to me. At some point during the day I talked to Team Breakaway about this and they said that it was a very un-Canadian thing to do and that as a whole Canadians don’t put seats back like that.

During the journey we were given the immigration forms for the border crossing and they even put a movie on for us although this was the Spanish version of Hachi so we didn’t really watch it. Before we got to the border our passports and the exit fee for Honduras were taken and these would all be processed by the courier of the coach in one batch to save time.

Our chicken bus

This was our chicken bus

Tegucigalpa was chaos

Tegucigalpa from our Tica Bus

The road seems to have collapsed

In Honduras - part of the road seems to be missing!

Honduran River

A river in Honduras as seen from our Tica Bus

On the Honduran side we decided to use the rest room facilities which, although they only cost 5 lempira, were absolutely disgusting. They didn’t flush at all, were incredibly messy, and we had to use a bucket of water to flush it each time. However there was time to relax in the sun while the border formalities took place and make my first phone call home in 6 days due to the fact my phone didn’t work in Honduras.

After passing across to the Nicaraguan side of the border we had to all get off the coach and take our bags individually through customs. During our time in the queue we were able to exchange money with the local money changers although this time they did try to short change me until Mena helped out. We got our passports back at this point and then it was back onto the bus to head to Managua. As soon as we started travelling through Nicaragua the scenery changed and we started travelling across flat open plains containing volcanoes as opposed to the heavily mountainous roads we had been travelling through in Honduras.

Our bus passed through the open plains and the city of Leon before arriving at its destination of Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. This was only a transit stop for us and after waiting for a long time for our bags we met up with the driver of the minibus who was to take us on to Granada where we’re staying for the next couple of nights. On the way to Granada we got stopped at a police checkpoint due to the fact one of the people in our minibus wasn’t sitting down with the seat belt on when he saw us but in true Central American style he said he would let us off if we took his wife and daughter to the next town, Masaya.

Nicaraguan volcano

Our first volcano after crossing the border into Nicaragua

The Nicaraguan Capital

Heading out of Managua towards Granada

Then it was on to Granada. When we arrived we found out that the hostel we were due to stay at was overbooked and so they had transferred our booking to the sister property down the road which was a proper hotel – and a nice one at that. After checking a lot of the group headed straight out to the pub to watch the Superbowl but I decided to head to a traditional local restaurant in town with Team Breakaway. The meal was really nice and it was there where I first tried a Caipirinha drink – it was really nice so I’ll definitely be having a few more of those on this trip!

We had time for a quick stop at the Irish Pub to catch up with the rest of the group over a couple of drinks but I made a mistake with my drink order and ended up ordering the “Blue Mother Fucker” which was a combination of pretty much every type of drink they had and that ended up making the walk back to the hotel fun. I think rather than reading tonight I’ll just head straight to bed ready for tomorrow.

Granada by night

Granada by night

Group photo

Our group at the Irish Pub

Me and Kelly with our drinks

Me and Kelly with some very strong drinks!

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Charlie : Honduras

February 5th, 2012 No comments

We are at the Honduras – Nicaragua border now and Charlie enjoyed his time in Honduras. The main place we visited was the beautiful Roatán Island, some distance off of the Caribbean coast, where most of the activities were water based so he didn’t have many photos taken as he preferred to stay in the hotel, but he did come with me to the Dolphin experience on the island.

Charlie

Charlie waiting to meet some Dophins

Charlie

Charlie meets Dolphins

Before that, however, we stayed for a couple of nights at the Copán Ruinas town, near the Guatemala border, where we visited some Mayan ruins, some hot springs, a bird park and had a look around town.

Charlie

Charlie enjoying the Honduran Rainforest

Charlie

Charlie makes a new friend

Last night we stayed overnight in Comayagua before catching a chicken bus to Tegucigalpa, the capital of the country, to catch our long distance bus to Nicaragua.

We are both looking forward to our time in Nicagua. On a personal level this is a country that I have wanted to visit for a long time so I am glad to finally be here.

Charlie

Charlie at the Honduras – Nicaragua border

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Central America is booked

November 7th, 2011 No comments

For several years I’ve been putting off visiting Central America which, for some unknown reason, has been a place I’ve wanted to visit for many years. My problem was I kept getting distracted by other destinations – in 2009 I saw a photo of somebody sitting next to a Mountain Gorilla and thought “I want to do that”. Then in 2010 I found a trip to North Korea I liked the look of and decided it was the right time to go.

I always believe everything happens for a reason and I’ve had some incredible experiences. In Rwanda I was grabbed on the leg by a Gorilla and I had an amazing time in Korea and met some awesome people.

However now the time is right to finally visit Central America. So in less than 90 days time I shall be jetting off to the region!

I’ll be staying in Atlanta USA for one night before flying down to Guatemala and spending just over 2 weeks travelling through Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica with a Dragoman / Intrepid group. Then I’ll be flying back to London (with layovers in Panama and Holland).

Dragoman Logo

Intrepid Travel Logo

I almost didn’t book it-I found a trip that I really want to do in central Asia but the timing was right and I got some really good deals on flights :). However after researching it some more I’ve decided the overland trip with Dragoman through Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan is definitely top of my list for my trip after this! It just looks so amazing!

I’ll give you more details about Central America nearer the time, and also try to upload my blog from Korea before I go :).

The Overland portion of my Central America Trip

This is the full route I'll be taking

This is the full route I’ll be taking

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