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Aug 28, 2005 - Week 4 - Weekend Trip - Rio Dulce & Livingston

Not much to report this week. Spanish is pretty uneventful, still a struggle for me and now I've finished my 4 week intensive - which is a bit embarrassing. I still feel like someone's cut off my tonge. On the positive side, I'm sure I am 100% better than when I arrived. My two house companions left this weekend which is a shame. The highlight of the week was a weekend trip to Rio Dulce and Livingston (Eastern Guatemala). A group of 6 of went on a tour - US$115 for 2 1/2 days. Another amazing drive, even it if was 5 hrs one way. We drove...

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The long way home

Jul 2, 2005 - Belize

Onto Belize. After leaving the Tulum Mayan ruins I spent one night at the local hostel and the headed south for Chetumal, bus accross border into Belize. First stop was at Orange Walk where I took a jungle river boat 2 hours through Amazon like jungle viewing rare birds that can walk on water, crocodiles, brown bats..the size of 50 cent piece, and the Menonite farm communities...very prevalent in Belize arriving at Lamunai one of the oldest Mayan sites. See the great face relief very well preserved. Reyes and Son is the river tour group I...

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Jul 2, 2005 - Belize

Onto Belize. After leaving the Tulum Mayan ruins I spent one night at the local hostel and the headed south for Chetumal, bus accross border into Belize. First stop was at Orange Walk where I took a jungle river boat 2 hours through Amazon like jungle viewing rare birds that can walk on water, crocodiles, brown bats..the size of 50 cent piece, and the Menonite farm communities...very prevalent in Belize arriving at Lamunai one of the oldest Mayan sites. See the great face relief very well preserved. Reyes and Son is the river tour group I...

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Jun 14, 2005 - Rio Dulce

So this weekend I eventually managed to see a bit of Guatemala! Jo flew off to Nicaragua on Fri night and so me and Judi got a bus to Rio Dulce on the Caribbean side of Guate. The bus journey involved a very nice shuttle to Guat city and then a not very nice bus from Guat City to Rio Dulce. The bus was one up from a chicken bus! The lady next to me had 2 manky budgies in a cage and there was a lady breastfeeding what looked like a 5 year old all the way!! Now this is probably normal in these countries but it looked a bit bizarre to me !!...

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Moon On Tour 2005

Jun 13, 2005 - Retour au Guatemala... direction cote pacifique Livingston (le 14)

J'ai passe ma derniere matinee a La Havane... a me perdre dans ses vieilles, a pousser les portes en bois grincante et decouvrir... les autres facettes de la ville... ,quels plaisirs... C'est le coeur un peu triste et avec un enorme gout de trop peu que je quitte Cuba ! Cuba, je reviendrai te voir !!!! De retour a la Cuidad de Guatemala, je decide de prendre un car vers Rio Hondo une premiere etape avant de rejoindre Livingston. Livingston ... ville noire ... aux airs et aux accents de Cuba. Quelle non chalance ! Ici se melangent 4...

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Lenalatina 2005

Mar 2, 2005 - Up the Rio Dulce

(Just a quick disclaimer: many have asked for more of Sam's input . . . I do not have her locked in a room in Guatemala City where I occasionally feed her and bring her a laptop to add her two cents. She typically does not really want to sit and type up journal entries, so, to keep things flowing, I often do the posting. I will try to get her to add some comments to the postings.) Neither one of us liked Livingston all that much. There were people constantly hounding you for money and services, typically services that were not needed since...

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Mar 1, 2005 - The road to Livingston (and other news)

Yesterday morning, Samantha, Charley and I finally decided to leave Chiquimula (I say "finally", though I was the only one who spent any significant time there). Great town with quite a few amenities, low prices and many, many opportunities to work on Spanish. Plus, the local grocery store had some kick ass sandwiches - we ate dinner there two nights in a row. So, back to the story: we boarded a bus to Puerto Barrios at 8:30 or so . . . then sat on the bus until it left at 9:20 or so. The bus was incredibly warm, and was at various stages...

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Feb 22, 2005 - Rio Dulce

Rio Dulce means "Sweet River" and the journey to reach it is a lovely two hour boat ride along the wide, calm river between high rain-forest shrouded banks and across an island-studded lake. Along the way, we stop several times, to let people on or off, for a rest stop and to splash around on the edge of the river where hot springs bubble out of the riverbank. They let me off at the Backpacker´s Hotel dock, where a bunk in the airy dorm sets me back three and a half dollars, plus another one for the hire of the sheets since I´m a softy who...

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Ruth on the road

Feb 20, 2005 - Livingston, Guatemala

I{m heading into central Guatemala to rejoin the route I had planned before my little Caribbean birthday diversion, but I{m taking the scenic route. And that definitely goes via Livingston and Rio Dulce. Omoa, last nights´stop, was just a couple of chicken bus hours from the border. Once across the border I hoist my backpack atop a nice shiny new collectivo van for a couple more hours to Puerto Barrios. Here, I'm in luck as I roll up to find a boat full of people waiting for that one last passenger to make up the numbers before they leave....

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Ruth on the road

Dec 3, 2004 - >> Livingston, Guatemala... Where is everybody???

Reto wanted to go to Livingston, a renowned Garifuna village (black people on the Carribean). To get there, we had to take a boat down the river from Rio Dulce - which departed only once or twice a day. We were running a little late, as we had gone into town for lunch, and had to walk back not at London speed, but New York speed. "No, let's go at Swiss Alpine speed," Reto said. We got back before the boat did, and Reto ran into a girl who went to the camp he worked at for the last six/seven summers. What a small world! He was really a...

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Yat's Big Trip

Dec 2, 2004 - Livingston and the Garifuna people

More water!!!! We took a boat ride north, to the town of Livinston (accessible only by boat). I wanted to check out the infamous Garifuna people, who are descendents of a slave ship wrecked along the coast hundreds of years ago. The town was a strange mix of indigenous and Garifuna and Ladino (the Guatemalans who are indian mixed with Spanish). The homes were worn out wooden and tin-roof conconctions. The power was supposedly out when we arrived, which our Belgian hostel owner explained was quite normal. We woke the next morning to see the...

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Dec 1, 2004 - Into the humid tropics!

After an aborted attempt, we were off to Rio Dulce by large bus (quite comfy). We walked to our hotel from town and surprised the locales in doing so. The water taxi took 2 min, and our walk took half an hour because it was a big loop. We stayed at the Hacienda Tijax - a little jungle paradise. The place also included an eco-farm and a rubber plantation. Our places were little grass huts, reached by wooden boardwalks suspended over the swamp...malaria country, and very beautiful if not damp as heck! Rio Dulce is a tiny town with a bizarre...

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