“Where have you been? What have you been doing?” I get it! I’m back! I’m sorry! I’m writing again.
I’ve been busy: traveling, working, cooking, being sick, procrastinating, working, running. Yes! I ran for the first time since I’ve been here. But this is not the point of this blog post…
Now, a quick update on my Christmas vacation, which now feels like ages ago!
I traveled with my colleagues/friends, and I had a special visit from some friends from Montreal, including my boyfriend Jason.
We did so much! It’s impossible for me to describe it all. So being true to myself, I’m going to give you just a few highlights, and lowlights, of my trip (in point form of course!).
San Lorenzo –>Tegucigalpa (1 night) –> Tela (2 nights) –>La Ceiba (3 nights) –>La Moskitia (4 nights) –> Utila (3 nights) –>Roatan (4 nights)
- Eating a gigantic baleada in La Ceiba where they are originally from. Discovering baleadas with avocados — just too good!
- Eating fresh “pan de coco” (coconut bread) in Tela.
- Eating a traditional Garifuna meal on Chachauate cay (Cayos Cochinos). Fresh fish, plantain, fish soup, rice and beans. Delicious!
- In La Moskitia, a remote area in the North East of Honduras, trying to make fritas – a wheat flour dough, fried, served at breakfast – with a local Miskito lady and making her laugh because your fritas look so pathetic.
- While on a trek in La Moskitia, seeing pigs in a village and joking about how funny it would be to choose one and to cook it for dinner. Not realizing that your guide is taking you seriously and is starting to negotiate a price with the locals. The next day, having pork for your Christmas Eve dinner.
- While getting off the plane in La Moskitia and unloading the plane (it was a very small plane), inadvertently taking someone else’s frozen turkey (we didn’t steal it! It was a mistake!). On Christmas Eve, eating a stolen turkey and wondering if the real owner is in big trouble because he lost his turkey.
- Getting food poisoning after eating a plate of caracol (conch) in Tela. Not a good way to start a vacation. Blah!
- Trying scuba diving for the first time in Roatan. What a feeling!
- Snorkeling in Utila and swimming with beautiful, colourful fish.
- Biking through Garifuna villages around Tela. Seeing children playing on the beach, jumping in and out of the water.
- Seeing huge crocodiles and howling monkeys in Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge, near La Ceiba.
- Rafting down the Río Gangrejal in La Ceiba.
- Spending the day on Chachauate cay (Cayos Cochinos). Arriving early in the morning, hours before yachts filled with tourists dock the island, and realizing how lucky you were of having quiet, privileged time with the locals.
- In La Moskitia, riding on Río Platano in a pipante (a wooden canoe) and fearing your canoe is going to flip over because of the heavy rain and strong current. Witnessing a scene straight from National Geographic with spiders, ants, cockroaches going out of control and trying to crawl in your canoes. (Is that really a highlight?)
- Celebrating Christmas Eve in La Moskitia with the locals, with traditional dance and music.
- Having the most wonderful guide with us in La Moskitia which played a huge part in making the experience so memorable. (I can’t help but plug La Moskitia Ecoaventuras tour company; they were simply awesome!)
- Walking in the tropical forest of La Moskita with rain boots that are too big for your feet; boots getting stuck in the mud; boots getting filled with water; feet hurting so bad that you’re not sure you can finish the trek. (I still LOVED La Moskitia).
- After living such an amazing cultural experience in different parts of Honduras, being on a beach resort in Roatan and witnessing not so cool tourist behaviour.
The only good thing about ending a vacation is being able to plan for your next one. In my case, planning is already done!