Showing posts from March, 2017

Roatan, Honduras, el treinta y uno marzo, 2017

Time is flying by!  Only 7 more suppers and 8 more sleeps until I start my way home.  I am looking forward to going home - to see everyone and hug, kiss and play with Nico.  I'm hoping the weather will cooperate so I'm not wishing I was back here a few days after being home!
This past week, I went to the gym for seven sessions and had four days with three hours each of Spanish lessons.  I found a comedor that has consistent pollo asado so that's where I've been having lunch-

This full plate cost only $4.50.  That's a pretty good deal and it was delicious. As a bonus, I get to watch tv - always La Rosa de la Guadeloupe.  
I also tried tamarind juice-

It was good but full of sugar so I won't be trying that again!  I've been drinking Fresca, quite a lot actually, but won't be doing that anymore either.  This afternoon I read the label and the second ingredient is sugar!  It's not sugar free like at home!  Here I thought I was doing so well!
My cooking this …

Roatan, el veintiseis de marzo, 2017

Today was a big day!  After breakfast, I headed 35 kilometers east through Coxen Hole to Jonesville-

in search of Hole in the Wall restaurant-

where I had a lobster burger-

There was a ton of lobster in it but the bun could have been fresher.  Hole in the Wall is a wreck of a place on the edge of the bay.  The only way to get there is by boat.  Houses along the way are all on stilts-

Lobster and shrimp season is over so all the fishing boats are parked for a few months-

The boat with the long arm-

is a shrimp boat.
My next stop was Punta Gorda-

which has Garifuna music and dancing on Sundays-

Unfortunately the real craziness doesn't begin until 6 pm and by then it's dark and there is no way I'm trying to come home on my scooter with the super dim headlights.  Besides, I had to work today.  I've seen Garifuna dancing and music in Belize anyway.
I also stopped at Pristine Bay-

which has the only golf course on the island.  The Black Pearl is a links course-

that costs $9…

Roatan, el veinte cinco de marzo, 2017

Time is flying!  I've been to the gym for 2 classes both Monday and Tuesday but was too stiff on Wednesday!  I went back for 2 more classes both Thursday and Friday.  Classes include Insanity, Piyo, Turbokick, Pilates and Barre.  So far so good-

The studio is a 3 minute scooter ride from where I live and it only costs $50 US/month for unlimited.  I'm planning to take at least 10 classes this coming week.  I've also had 4 days of 3 hours of Spanish this week.  My teacher, Mercedes, doesn't speak clearly and says a lot of words, that to me, aren't  necessary.  However, that's good because that's how the locals speak.  I am improving!
Last night was the 6th anniversary of the hostel.  Mel sprung for live music - Sopa entertained for 3 hours-

They played a variety of music from soft rock to reggae.  About 40 people attended.  I was the cook - the menu included 2 kinds of chicken wings, nachos, veggies and dip (no one wanted this), guacamole with pita bread, banana…

Roatan, el diecinueve de marzo, 2017

I went to church this morning in West Bay - my family attends so thought I would check it out.  They hold it in a conference room at the Infinity Bay Resort.  The first half hour was singing, then we spent 10 minutes greeting one another, then a man spoke about a few Bible verses.  One thing I think I heard was that a person can't truly be a good person if they aren't a Christian.  I didn't like that one bit.  Not sure if I'll go back.  
I had lunch on a beach chair-

at Bananarama.  Unfortunately I had to 'work' from 1-4 so hurried back.  Because I wasn't cooking, I cleaned the kitchen - washed a few windows, bleached the countertops, washed the appliances sitting on the counters, wiped down the chairs in the dining room and washed both the kitchen and dining room floors.  Needless to say, it wasn't my favorite afternoon!  
At Bananarama, there are crab races Sunday afternoons - 180 crabs are numbered and put in a circle.  Viewers bet/buy the crabs and the…

Roatan, el dieciocho de marzo, 2017

So I'm back to taking Spanish lessons - the first day was 4 hours straight!  My head was spinning and my eyes were crossed when Mercedes left.  Unfortunately the hostel is too busy/noisy for us to find a quiet place so yesterday, day 2, I went to her house.  She's living in a studio apartment at Lawson Rock.  It's a gated, rich subdivision with many lots for sale with tremendous views to the Caribbean.  We only studied for 3 hours - that's enough at one time!
Tonight I walked across the carreterra back to my friend Julie's tienda.  She was having a party with her friends-

The music was blaring - I mean really really loud and Julie and her friend Amanda were dancing, almost grinding on each other!
Jose was just enjoying the show-

Julie has been on Roatan for 10 years, trying to make enough money to afford a house on the mainland in San Pedro Sula.  She has 3 children but I only met Maria, her youngest-

Beer is cheap - $1.42 and I get to practice speaking Spanish while th…

Roatan, March 15, 2017

Another week has sailed by!  Carolyn went home on the 10th and I had my farewell West Bay meal - grilled seafood:  calamari, jumbo shrimp, lobster and kingfish.  It was delicious-

I wish I could say goodbye permanently to this-

So many cruise ships come, sometimes 4/day carrying thousands of people- not good for the reefs!
My new residence, or shall I say place of employment!!! is Roatan Backpackers in Sandy Bay, where I'm the supper cook.  For that, I get free room in the loft, free suppers and half price breakfasts.  A mosquito net is definitely required as there are no screens on some of the windows and the bugs can be nasty-

Looking down to the dining room-

I cook in this well stocked kitchen.  Belkis is a local Honduran and the breakfast cook.  She also makes bread and tortillas for me-

My first supper attempt was last night - veggie lasagne, Caesar salad and garlic bread.  It turned out great, so I guess I get to stay!
There's a lovely pool-

And lots of comfortable deck chairs-


Roatan, Honduras, March 8, 2017

After another good dive and lunch, we headed to the Carambola Botanical Gardens which is a 40 acre forest.  It must be a 'bad' time of year because we saw no fruit and few flowers.  We did see a few cacao pods-

And this lovely Heliconias=

The roots of this tree look like chicken feet.  I think it's a Cieba, but I'm not sure-

The walk was through all kinds of trees like mahogany and bamboo, as well as spices like ginger and cinnamon.  We should probably have paid an extra $10 US each for a guide and gotten more out of our visit, but we didn't so.....

There's a view of Anthony Key, a ritzy resort, from the top-

After, we came back for Happy Hour and more Monkey Lalas.  Probably the most interesting thing for me at the botanical garden was learning that a Monkey LaLa is more than a drink - it's an actual lizard, the striped Basilisk Lizard.  We didn't see one of them either!
We're diving again tomorrow and then who knows!