Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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-

I've rented a scooter for $100 US/week.  It's a POS but gets me around.  Even if I don't go far, I like the freedom-

Most roads are NOT this bad but this is how one gets from the main highway to the hostel.  It's nasty-

Most people stay in the dorms for $10 US/ night.  I'm glad I had a choice: 6 beds in this small area seems a little tight to me-

The restaurant where I'm cooking is fairly new but isn't very busy.  In fact, if it weren't for Mel, the owner and her family, there wouldn't be much business at all.  Most travellers cook their own meals in the hostel kitchen or eat in local restaurants for under $5 US, meat included-

Guests hang out in the lounge-

I scootered over to West Bay this morning and stopped at a rum sampling shop.  I don't really like rum but the view of West End was nice-

I'm enjoying the weather and looking forward to re-starting Spanish classes tomorrow with Mercedes!
Oh ya, we're having chicken tacos tonight!

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