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Rum, fun and baccy.

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Morning. Sorry about the delay. Got to Honduras, hit the caribbean, had a rum and got into a hamaca and thats the last thing i remember really. Some weird sort of Black Hole I must have fallen into. In any case I turned up 4 days late to meet Geev but as the guy in the bank said to me, "if you can't do it today whats to say it really needs doing". Logic in there somewhere.

Firstly, one thing to clear up.

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The Snipple. Lovely animal. Tasted a bit like Chicken.

I took my open water course and then decided to do the advanced. If I had time I would have stayed for the rescue diver etc etc etc. Time (although comparatively plentiful) ran out. Geev arrived in CR Friday and manfully made his way to the beach on the pacific.

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Above please see the Dive team. Gerry, Rob, Jess, Gutti and Anna. I was taking the picture but I was really there. Super bunch. Liked a drink in the evenings. Probably due to Nitrogen narcosis or some such. Did you know that Oxygen becomes toxic at 58 metres under. Thought not. Although that calculation is assuming a partial pressure of 1.4 which is conservative and if you took 1.6 you could technically get down to 66m. Not sure why you would bother though.

In other news I saw a turtle while diving. Did a night dive and also rolled off the boat backwards a la James Bond. Although to be fair he didn't have to clear his nose of snot 3 or 4 times afterwards. Diving is kind of fun. It's weird when you first start to do it and then subsequently ranges from thrilling to boring. Some dives give you the opportunity to see the plethora of marine life in all of its glory. Others give you the opportunity to see what appears to be an underwater moonscape with one sad and confused lobster (caribbean speckled variety apparently) wondering where all his mates have gone and what the hell all these big lumbering fish with metal tanks on their backs are doing. In any case I am qualified now so all I have to do in future is turn up and throw myself off a boat. Easy.

To continue. Lots of rum availabale in the carib. Drinks are "expensive" compared to the rest of Honduras and "cheap as chips" compared to most places on earth. There has been a bit of traveller economising though and we found a supplier of beer for about 50 cents a bottle. This great opportunity to save money was met with much rejoicing and the traditional walk to the store with a wheelbarrow which was subsequently filled with beer. (Actually this American girl went by herself a couple of times and she was a trifle unusual all told).

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I imagine most of you have been to the Caribbean so I will not bore you with too much of the details. General stories of people walking insanely slowly, banks having "system problems" from 11 to 3 every day and huge queues at other times. Having been there for almost 2 weeks the ATM was yet to issue a single note as I departed. Although it did say welcome each time I tried. Slow connection speeds (as such no photos uploaded there either) and rum, rum, rum. As you can probably guess, I liked it.

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This is Avida on the left, Steveo in the middle and David on the right. I think I meant to upload a different photo but this is the one you got.

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This was dinner one night. We were all a little suprised when a pig turned up at the dive centre but we all relaxed when the dude drove a 6 inch bolt into its head (which I didn't see) and then skinned and disembowled it (which I did). Fried pig skin - quite tasty.

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This is Dallace and Kara who were making sure I was hydrated, didn't die diving or swimming and were often trying to get me to stop smoking. They were both very kind and we had a lot of fun - so thanks girls - see you around and aboot. Talking of which I was trying to upload a photo of the whole team out and about but seem to have cocked it up and cannot be bothered now. Oh well. You probably get the idea. If you want to dive go to Utila. If you do go to Underwater Vision. If you are there at night go to Tranquila and ask for Brooks and tell him I sent you. Snowballs chance in hell he remembers me but hes a very nice bloke so he should take care of you.

So its adios to the caribbean for the moment. Got a boat. Took a flight and now I am in Jaco. Bit of advice. If you like expensive drinks, lots of loud American toursts and are a sex tourist I highly recommend it. If no to any of the aforementioned do not come to Jaco. Its pretty terrible. We leave manana first thing. Roadtrip to Nicaragua. Most excellent. No map as yet but how hard can it be.

Smile and be happy. See you around.
Lid

Posted by lidster 09:58 Archived in Honduras

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Here we go.. a couple of days in the Caribbean and all the stereotypes about the slow pace of life come out.

Actually I can top your ATM/banking system story. My cousin in Barbados told me of a friend who reported a burglary at her home. The Police arrived hours later, and after she showed one around the house explaining what had been stolen, she returned to the living room to find the copper's partner asleep on the couch! That is laid back.

Go easy on the rum.

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