...to the Shopping Malls of Honduras (with way too many hours on the bus in-between)
23.04.2012 - 30.04.2012 35 °C
We made two further stops in Nicaragua before crossing another boarder.
The first in the mountain town of Matagalpa, where we took a tour to the local weaving workshops, purchased some goodies, got a demonstration andLa Casita even got to have a go at the weaving ourselves.
After which we visited a local view point, to get a spectacular view of the surounding hills.
Next was the cowboy town of Esteli, though we didn’t see many cowboys and there was a distinct lack of cowboy hats for sale, we visited the local war heroes museum...
The next day we were again faced with the crazy bus-bus-walk-bus-bus boarder crossing into Honduras, where we faced the additional problem of the irregular Honduran bus. Despite this, we made it in good time to Tegucigalpa (the Honduran capital), and we were super excited to be there; for the past two weeks we had been eagerly browsing the website for the humongous Multiplaza Mall in downtown Tegucigalpa, and thinking first of the necessities (of course) we were had been imagining what we were going to eat at TGI Fridays, what film we were going to see at the cinema, and I had been fantasizing (with added drool) over the cinabon I was planning to eat!
And needless to say we had a fabulous time, I enjoyed a fresh glass of pink fizz at Fridays and devoured my cinabon in record time, saving the strong coffee I got with in, and then we sat with fingers crossed during the introduction to Safe House (the film we watched), praying it really was going to be in English (but thankfully it was) …oh and we bought all the things we went to the mall for, as well, but that was by-the-by.
The next day was a really long bus ride; as we aren’t stopping at many places in Honduras. We travelled almost 8 hours up to La Ceiba, were we stayed two nights, not in the city, but in a pretty little jungle lodge a 20 minute taxi ride into the surrounding hills, it was a little over our budget, but totally worth it, it was a super cute little place, in the middle of no-where, the food was pretty damn good (particularly the breakfast), there was a refreshingly cold pool, and our room was absolutely lovely.
Whilst there we took a half day white-water-swimming tour, which was fantastic; we spent the morning climbing rocks, and jumping off them, swimming through rapids, being pulled along by rapids and tumbling down rock slides, it was amazing fun. We again didn’t want to leave, but as we really couldn’t afford another day of luxury, we packed our bags and bus-ed it to the docks of La Ceiba for the 9:30AM ferry to Utila, one the picture perfect Honduran Bay Islands.
Utila is beautiful, a very cute little town, a very nice beach, and totally picture perfect on a post card (or it would be if central America did nice postcards), unfortunately however it is not quite so perfect in real life… It is actually unbearably hot here, the beach is covered in sand-flies (I got bitten to death the first day, with little red dot bites that swell up meanly on me; a lot worse than mosquito bites), and worst of all, the restaurants are abysmal, there is no good food here, everything is average. The reason for being here though (for me anyway), is the diving, and it has been really good; I’ve been on four dives and I’ve seen so many pretty fishes and corals, a sunken ship, many sting ray (including a huge eagle ray and its baby), a person sized moray eel (actually quite scary) and on one dive we did some really cool swim throughs. So whilst it has been a fun two days, I am kinda glad we are on the move again tomorrow.