Why are we still volunteering??
Since Lewy's last blog we have been galavanting around the Carribbean spending too much money and having a fabulous time! We are however feeling a little guilty about this... but figured we wont be in Central America again (we are in agreement that we prefer South America) so we have to make the most of our experience. As a result life will be very boring and quiet for the month or so... but its been worth it.
First we visited Lewy's 6 foot 4 'friend of a friend' called Bobby who lives on the North Coast of Honduras in a place called Peurto Cortez. The town was revving up for the beginning of Semana Santa (Easter) which the Central Americans go crazy for. Bobby had a lovely house (his parents are doctors) and we were treated like royalty for a few days with hot water and air con. During the day the town was crazy, you couldn't see the sand at the beach as there were so many people. And its strange because people don't wear bikinis or swim shorts in Honduras, everyone is in the sea in their clothes! Bobby then took us out on the razzle dazzle to a few bars it was a great night! Peurto Cortez turned into a ghost town at night. Bobby explained that its a very dangerous town and getting more and more un-safe (like Honduras on the whole). He is hoping to move to Europe to continue his engineering career and hates feeling that his life's at risk in his own country everyday. This is the same feeling for a lot of the younger generation here- those who can get educated leave the country as soon as they can. So its hard to see things changing here any time soon. Nonetheless Bobby kept us very safe!
We then said goodbye to Bobby and caught a rather swish boat over to Belize to renew our Visa (and for a two week holiday over Easter). Belize was not in the original plan so I was happy to find out it was the only place we could go to renew our visa, plus id heard so many great things from Dad! Two weeks was not enough time and I feel we only just touched on what the country has to offer.... I'd highly recommend it as a place to visit.
We spent the first 5 days in Placencia, a beautiful coastal town. Highlights included an epic burger with blue cheese and mushrooms and chilling on the beach doing NOTHING. We then visited a town called Hopkins, this place was so chilled out that absolutely nothing happened. People didn't even leave the hostel! From there we took a boat out to one of the cayes and went snorkeling, it really was paradise. We are very lucky! We took the tent with us but got attacked by sand flies.... so we left Hopkins pretty swiftly. Due to bad planning and leaving Hopkins on Easter weekend there were no buses and so we went back to Placencia. The town had completely transformed from tranquility into a mental Carribbean fiesta for Easter weekend. It was awesome! The beach bars were full to the brim with big bottomed Garifuna women (Afro Caribbeans) shaking it in ways we didn't know was possible! Even the children have more rythm than the whole English population put together. Was a fabulous fiesta! The last place we visited in Belize was a National Wildlife Reserve which was stunning. We hiked up to some beautiful waterfalls (in flip flops may I add!); the water was freezing but well worth the hike. We saw a huntsman spider and Lewy took lots of artistic photos. That was Belize!
After arriving back at the volunteer project refreshed it only took one day for me to decide I was fed up with 5.30 am starting nine hour LONG days. This is my year off after all. And although I absolutely adore the children and feel that I've made a lot of progress with their English it didn't take much umming and ahhing before I decided to change projects. The children made me lots of thankyou/goodbye cards and made me cry a little bit as they bundled on me to the floor. But I have lots of happy memories to take from the project and I hope I've made learning English fun for them. So as of Monday I will start at the same project as Lewy as his wonderful and hopefully helpful assistant working 5 hours a day starting at 9am!
After 4 days back in El Porvenir the girls successfully persuaded us to visit the party Island of Utila to go Scuba Diving. Utila is actually part of Honduras but like a million worlds away. There are no cars on the island, the first language is English and it had a very much western travelers culture. We went scuba diving on the second day. It was the scariest thing I've done since being away (apart from that bloody horse). I have such a small pea head that none of the masks fit me and kept flooding as soon as I went under water which really scared me. The wet suits were also all very large on me (except for in the bottom area!) which the instructor and Lewy seemed to find funny! We saw lots of beautiful fish, big jelly fish and lots of colorful coral; its like a whole 'nother world. Lewy absolutely loved it. I have to say the best moment for me was when we went back to the surface! Glad Iv done it though to know that snorkeling is sufficient!
So we are now back in the lovely El Porvenir feeling very healthy, well fed and funned up. My task for the next few weeks is to study lots of Spanish, Lewy's is to focus on finding a TEFL job. Will update you again in a couple of weeks! Lots of love from us both xxxx p.s miss you all rather a lot! xxxx