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The traveller sees what he sees; the tripper sees what he has come to see. – G. K. Chesterton

The Gracias is Usually Greener

April 12, 2013
by Tina
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Gracias and Southeastern Honduras – Our next destination in Honduras was a town called Gracias. The name made for some interesting exchanges with the bus staff. We thanked the guy who loaded our bags into the luggage compartment, “Gracias!”, “Sí, tomar el autobús a Gracias”. When we got off the bus in Santa Rosa de Copan we thanked the bus driver, “Gracias”. “Sí, el bus de Gracias está allí.”

Gracias is a medium sized town with some charm and a couple nearby attractions – just enough to do to make it worth the visit, but quiet enough that we didn’t feel guilty spending some time there just relaxing in hammocks and reading. It was starting to get hot enough that we had to implement the afternoon siesta – the heat of the day just made it too hard to be really active.

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Honduras Is For The Birds

April 7, 2013
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Lago de Yojoa and Copán Ruinas, Honduras – Because we had to stay an extra day in Roatan, we had a long day of travel ahead of us to get to Lago de Yojoa. We heard that because of Semana Santa the ferry was going to be crowded so we arranged for a taxi driver to pick us up a 5:30am to take us to the ferry dock. We figured we’d get to the dock at 6am, plenty of time to make the 7am ferry. We’d learned that Central Americans don’t really show up early, so we’d be sure and beat the crowds.

Looking out over Lago de Yojoa.

Looking out over Lago de Yojoa.

Of course when we pulled up to the terminal it was packed. Tons of people were pouring out of taxis into the long lines to buy tickets. I started to get anxious – did we misjudge this? Thankfully, the lines moved fast and we bought tickets for the 7am ferry, phew. It wasn’t even 6 yet and they started loading a ferry so we got on it and surprisingly it left at 6. I guess they changed the schedule to accomodate the crowds – so there was a ferry at 6 and 7:30. How everyone knew this, I have no idea. When I bought tickets for 7, the woman who sold them to me didn’t say anything or correct me. We were supper happy to get a jump start on our travel since we had a long way to go and we knew the busses would be crowded.

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Rose-atan

March 29, 2013
by Tina
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Editor’s note: Stuart was in such vacation mode that he couldn’t even be bothered to take his camera out of his backpack. Thankfully, Rose did and even let us use some photos for this post.

Roatan, Honduras – To get from San Salvador to the Bay Island of Roatan in Honduras we had to first take a bus to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. It was a long (8 1/2 hours) and expensive ($35) bus ride, but they served us breakfast (that the bus pulled over to pick up), drinks and snacks. Crossing the boarder was smooth. The El Salvador boarder agents boarded our bus and checked our passports there. On the Nicaraguan side we had to get off and wait in a short line to go through immigration.

Tina and Stuart at sunset.

Tina and Stuart at sunset.

We got to San Pedro Sula (aka the most dangerous city in the world) around 3:15pm and bought tickets for the town of La Ceiba – where the ferry departs for Roatan. We had to wait for the 4:30pm bus that was rescheduled to 5pm and didn’t actually end up leaving until 5:15pm. The ride was supposed to take three hours, but it took over four so we didn’t end up checking into our hotel in La Ceiba until 10pm.

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