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Ometepe... Jurassic Park.

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Diving is hard. Diving is really hard. 13 dives in 8 days and Linn and I were in pieces. Our plan was to travel from Utila on Honduras' Carribean coast to Nicaragua but sleep became much more important and we ended up spending a night in San Pedro Sula (central Honduras) to try and get our heads back into place. We slept for 12 long hours and for several long hours on the bus the next day.

We took the TicaBus from San Pedro Sula to Leon (Nicaragua) because TicaBus is more comfortable and reliable... The aircon was broken... 13 hours travelling through the tropics in a sauna. Not fun. We were lucky to get insurance on our luggage though... For free. I don´t know what that $10 would replace... maybe my rucksack rain cover...

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In Nicaragua we headed to the beautiful island of Isla de Ometepe. An island created by two volcanos in the largest lake in Central America.

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We stayed our first night on the island on the smaller volcano looking north to the larger. A lovely American couple drove us to Tocopo Eco Lodge to enjoy a relaxing evening and a beautiful view.

After packing up Linn and I headed to the Ojo de Quiste water hole for a swim around. Locals say the volcanic water makes you younger. I think it is a lie but to be sure I had a good paddle around.

Underwater Ross

Underwater Ross

Our next two nights were spent on the south side of the smaller volcano in a lovely hostel called Hacienda Mérida. Our room was very nice.

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It is also famed for it´s phenomenal sunsets. This was not a lie.

Romantic...

Romantic...


Sunset

Sunset

The northern volcano is a cracker. Volcán Concepción rises 1610m from the lakes surface and keeps a steady cloud of gasses atop it´s perfect cone. From our beautiful hostel viewpoint we got a fantastic sense of it´s scale.

Jump into water

Jump into water

There are a few great places to take photos around it... Linn found this special spot to take a special shot.

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We got a good view from our kayak too...

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When you spend a few days living on the side of a volcano it is always good to know how to escape when it gets grumpy. Lucky for us that the lovely people of this lovely island have thought of everything...

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This island is amazing. You should all visit Ometepe.

Here are some other photos you might like to see...

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Posted by LinnSailer 08:45 Archived in Nicaragua Comments (1)

We just couldn't leave...

more diving in Honduras!

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We were supposed to leave Utila in Honduras after finishing our Open Water PADI course, but after a lot of back and forth we decided to stay and do our Advanced Diving course.

Sadly we didn't see any Whale Sharks (we bet they'll arrive when we leave tomorrow...) but we saw lots of other cool stuff like sting rays, eagle rays, turtles and crazy coloured fish. Here are some photos so you can wish you were here:

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Squirrel fish! The heroin addicts of the sea.
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Baby Sting ray!
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And this is Alton's Dive Center. Recommending it.
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And to make you just a bit more jealous. Today we went swimming with a pod of wild spinner dolphins.
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One negative thing about diving: We are destroyed. Went to bed at 22 yesterday, and writing this blog takes A LOT of effort.
Hope you enjoyed the pictures,

x Linn & Ross

Posted by LinnSailer 18:27 Archived in Honduras Comments (4)

Diving on Utila

That's about all we did in Honduras.

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We decided to go to Copan Ruinas in Honduras because everyone said the ruins were really nice.
Well, they're actually just some more old stones with carvings put in nice shapes.

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We went to see, and climb, them with a dutch girl.

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We're still glad we went to Copan Ruinas, though, because there's a really cool bird sanctuary there!
Ross found lots of bugs there too, and I made friends with all of them.

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Of course, the birds there were really cool. Like this Tucan:

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...these weaver birds:

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...and these Macaws. They ate our shirts, but that's OK. I've never heard anyone else say the hole in their shirt is from a Macaw before. It must mean we're cool now. I mean - cooler than we were before the hole-in-shirt-by-macaw incident.

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In Copan Ruinas we also went up to a view point. The view was terrible, but we found some other cool stuff.
This castle:

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...and this stick-your-head-through-the-hole-and-you-become-a-ruin-carving thing.

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I know a lot of you have missed us because we haven't written a blog for a while. Well, we've had better things to do: Taking our Open Water PADI license on Utila. Woop! We saw lots of cool fish, an eagle ray and a turtle cruising by. AWESOME. No whale sharks though. Boo. Our instructor was danish - everyone here is Scandinavian. I feel like I'm home. Just without snow. That's the only difference.
How jealous are you?! Very.

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Our class had 4 students (Germany, Portugal, Scotland & Norway) and two instructors (Denmark & Canada):

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This was nice. Now we're heading for Honduras.
Thank you for watching!
xx Linn

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BONUS PICTURE: Ross' new dead friend from El Salvador:

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Posted by LinnSailer 17:20 Archived in Honduras Comments (2)

El Salvador...

why is nobody here?

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When you read the guide books about El Salvador they fill you with worry about gun crime, travelling at night, muggings, murders and all sorts of other baddies that hang around in dark corners. They tell you to be careful when in the countryside and not to flash expensive pieces of camera equipment around. They tell you to be careful on buses and to wear body armour.

To be honest we were a bit worried about crossing the border but we were always going to do it. You cant visit Central America and miss out just one country.

And here is our story about El Salvador:

The bus from Guatemala took 12hours instead of 6.
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We went to a food fair in Juayua and I lost Ross to football.
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We found a snake.
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...and a Chameleon
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We saw Jesus´funeral (?)
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We went to a waterfall
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...and I made friends with a cute bug.
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We found a lot of art in Ataco.
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We walked Routa des Flores and found this.
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Then we went to Santa Ana and took a day trip to this lake which is the crater of a volcano.
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We took this bus there:
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The third town we stayed in was La Palma. It has a lot of art too.
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...and very big trucks.
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...and elections are on sunday so we´re going to Honduras in an hour.
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Yesterday we went up the highest mountain of El Salvador. 2730m in 1 and a half hour.
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There´s an antenna on the top and some REALLY scary dogs to guard it.
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Btw, did you know where cashew nuts come from? The top of this fruit!
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And I found a seed and made some art. Ross thought it looked more like a sword.
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That´s all we did in El Salvador. It was pretty scary, don´t you think?

As a bonus to you, some pictures from Lago de Atitlan in Guatemala:

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Thanks for watching! Bye!
xx Linn

Posted by LinnSailer 06:42 Archived in El Salvador Comments (2)

VampireMosquitoes

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At the lovely "El Portal" in Semuc Champey, Guatemala, we all got some strange insect bites. It was some kind of tiny mosquito that didn't leave anything behind but a drop of blood where it had bitten. The bites didn't itch so we didn't worry about them.

Untill...

Two days later when I wanted to bite my feet off because I could neither sleep nor walk without having the feeling that my feet were on fire. Itching felt AMAZING, but I knew it was wrong. Of course I was the only one reacting to these bites, so NO ONE knew what I was going through. I felt so sorry for myself, and so should you. Mosquito bites are nothing compared to these little bastards, so stop complaining!

Anyway, after the second night of minimal sleep and the second day sitting in a bus or hanging around at our hostel we finally went to a pharmacy. My spanish and/or sign language must be amazing because I got some antihistamines and a cream right away and my itchy feet were itch free in only 2hours! I could walk again! So we had a stroll around beautiful Antigua, the most expensive Guatemalan city so far, before Ida and Sofie, our danish friends, cooked us a tasty dinner.

At the moment of writing we're in San Pedro at Lago de Atitlan. The lake has no rivers flowing from it, so it only grows bigger every year causing the houses slowly disappearing under water. It's a beautiful place surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, and we've done nothing but relaxing at our israeli hostel for two days. Oh, and I got a haircut by the worst hairdresser in Guatemala. Although she told me she had the saloon for 20years she still cut my fringe with kitchen scissors and made it squint.

Tomorrow we're heading for a food festival in El Salvador.

Linn

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Posted by LinnSailer 14:54 Archived in Guatemala Comments (2)

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