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Aruba Visit: 2006-4
2009-08-16 - A, B, C islands, well that is what the Dutch call them. Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, there are also three moreDutch islands in the Caribbean and they are called theS Islands and they are, Saba, St. Eustatius and St.Maarten so all together the Dutch control six islandsin the Caribbean.I have been to the first three islands, I started withCuracao.The first difference I noticed here is that I don'tget to use my Spanish so much, and off course it ispossible for me to find reasonable accommodationshere. I stayed in Willemstad, that is the capital andI stayed on the Otrabanda side of Willemstad. Thecapital has two sides with the sea in between and youget to cross from side to side by a free ferry thatleaves every few minutes and takes about five minutesto get you across to the other side.On the other side which was called Punda it had theoldest Synagogue in the western hemisphere. I wentthere for Passover service but had the dinner at theRabbis house of another Synagogue. The Capital is full of color, I mean the buildings areso colorful, that you can take a 100 pictures andstill want to take more.Here I would walk around every day. Also I sat at acafe and eat. Went out at night which was most of thetime, very quite there. You see otrabanda and Punda the other side ofWillemstad are mostly for tourist, so the locals goout mostly to bars or cafes inland. I went there too,but not my cup of tea. I guess its the people.I also checked out a beach or two but that was it.Since I travel with one way air tickets to get fromone island to another, I went with this small airlinecompany, that has small airplanes that holds ninepassengers, four rows with two passengers on each rowand one person must sit by the pilot either side ofhim, because both sides have the wheel and all of thecontrols, yes, you can guess where I sat? And once thepilot got the airplane up in the air guess who tookthe wheel and announced to the other passengers thatthe Co Pilot is now flying the plane? You are rightboth times.Bonaire, was my second stop and it is the smallest ofthe three islands. Here I was lucky enough to meet awomen who picked me up after watching a small paradethat they had in Rincon which was the town where theslaves use to live in the past and after talking withher a bit, she decided to show me her island. Shedropped off her Mom and picked up her kids and thendrove me around, we visited the solar salt works, morethen one lighthouse, the old slave huts, fort, thehighest mountain, and the windsurfing area. I stayedin the capital city that is called Kralendijk it wasfive minutes away from the airport and the heart wherethe tourist stay. Here I felt the white Dutch mastershad too much power and the kind black slaves were sogenerous. I stayed here the least time, and wanted tomove on.Last to Aruba, believe it or not but I could find ahotel with a reasonable price, $30 a night after sometalking and I did pay the first night $40 at anotherhotel. It had AC, cable TV and a private bathroom andall within fifteen minutes walk to the center of town.I guess the manager there so something special in meand and let me give her $150 in cash in advance for 5nights. Just kidding, but that is what happened. Butmy relationship with her grew and we would have a lotof talks about life and her plans. I either got real close to her or made her feel realguilty but she became my occasional ride from thehotel to some place, and also I had her volunteer togive me a tour of the Island. She took me to the oldDutch windmill, Hooiberg which is the tallest mountainwhich I hiked up for the view, Casibart rockformation, Bushiribana ruins, Natural bridge over thesea, the town of San Nicolas that had a huge refinery,and also a few beaches. Don't think that I did not seeanything on my own here, I visited the Californialighthouse which is on the most northern point andalso the Alto vista Chapel the oldest church on theIsland. I went to the Synagogue for Friday nightservices. I sat through two time share presentationsand got some gifts and went to one casino and gave itall back and more by playing Baccarat again. Butbecause I lost some money I could ask the CasinoManager for some tickets to the Cabaret dance show andon the last night there, I surprised my Hotel Managerwith tickets for her, her family and me. Now that isJesse style a little give and take.


Belize Visit: 2006-2
2009-08-16 - Best kept secret in Central America, you got it, and itís Belize. I was planning to stay here for about 10 days but onmy first day here, I thought, 10 days thatís to short, that I should stay for at least 3 weeks. So you wantto know why I say itís the best kept secret, wellfirst of all English is there main spoken language,itís a common wealth of England, there are less then300,000 people in the whole country, more then 40% ofthe land in the country is under the Governmentsprotection as National Parks or Nature Reserves, The country is small enough to drivefrom one end to another in just a few hours, theBelize Dollar is set by the Government at $2 Belizefor $1 US, in most of the country it was very clean,and I felt it was very civilized compared to othercountries in Central America, like no throwing outgarbage from the bus window like most people do in allthe other countries I have been to in CA.But most of all itís their Natural Resources, liketheir Water Fallís, Caveís and Beachís.I crossed the Frontier from Guatemala and headed toSan Ignacio, I was told by other travelers that Belizewas an expensive country, it was clean, that BelizeCity was very dangerous and that the people in Belizedo not bargain with the price, so I had to see if itwas true or if I would be able to haggle my way heretoo. When first looking for a place to stay in SanIgnacio each hotel owner would quote me a price andwould not budge and I tried to haggle with each ofthem but after all I am Jesse and I was able to find aplace and get a 20% discount off the price "she said$25 Belize," I said $20 and after some talking itworked, remember $2 Belize = $1 US. I stayed there for 4 nights and used it as a base tovisit Cahal Pech Ruins, 1000 Feet Falls which is really 1600feet, Caracol Ruins which is the biggest Maya Ruins inBelize, Rio Frio Caves which I thought were the best cavesthat I have seen so far in Central America, Rio OnPools which is a river that had about 100 meters ofdifferent size water pools on different levels, BigRock Falls which was just another beautiful falls, St.Hermanīs Cave which was so dark I did not go into sofar and Blue Hole which they should rename to GreenLagoon. A lot of hitchhiking, I moved fast andaccomplished a lot. I then just stayed over night inthe Capital city which is called Belmopan; its rightin the middle of the country so it was a good transitstop over. But the Capital is so small and the Centralbus station is so quite, all of the buildings are lessthen 3 stories high. Then I headed to Dangriga which Iwas planning to sleep there for two night but it didnot deserve more then two hours of my time to checkout this Port-Beach Town, so quickly I was on my wayto the next stop which was Placencia, which was aPeninsula, I took a bus, then hitchhike to get toMango Creek, then a fast boat to get there. I stayedfor 4 nights and just chilled out on the beach. Thento Punta Gorda to the south east cost of Belize whereI would take a Ferry back to Guatemala.


Bonaire Visit: 2006-4
2009-08-16 - A, B, C islands, well that is what the Dutch call them. Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, there are also three moreDutch islands in the Caribbean and they are called theS Islands and they are, Saba, St. Eustatius and St.Maarten so all together the Dutch control six islandsin the Caribbean.I have been to the first three islands, I started withCuracao.The first difference I noticed here is that I don'tget to use my Spanish so much, and off course it ispossible for me to find reasonable accommodationshere. I stayed in Willemstad, that is the capital andI stayed on the Otrabanda side of Willemstad. Thecapital has two sides with the sea in between and youget to cross from side to side by a free ferry thatleaves every few minutes and takes about five minutesto get you across to the other side.On the other side which was called Punda it had theoldest Synagogue in the western hemisphere. I wentthere for Passover service but had the dinner at theRabbis house of another Synagogue. The Capital is full of color, I mean the buildings areso colorful, that you can take a 100 pictures andstill want to take more.Here I would walk around every day. Also I sat at acafe and eat. Went out at night which was most of thetime, very quite there. You see otrabanda and Punda the other side ofWillemstad are mostly for tourist, so the locals goout mostly to bars or cafes inland. I went there too,but not my cup of tea. I guess its the people.I also checked out a beach or two but that was it.Since I travel with one way air tickets to get fromone island to another, I went with this small airlinecompany, that has small airplanes that holds ninepassengers, four rows with two passengers on each rowand one person must sit by the pilot either side ofhim, because both sides have the wheel and all of thecontrols, yes, you can guess where I sat? And once thepilot got the airplane up in the air guess who tookthe wheel and announced to the other passengers thatthe Co Pilot is now flying the plane? You are rightboth times.Bonaire, was my second stop and it is the smallest ofthe three islands. Bonaire is known for great Scuba diving. Here I was lucky enough to meet a women who picked me up after watching a small parade that they had in Rincon which was the town where the slaves use to live in the past and after talking withher a bit, she decided to show me her island. Shedropped off her Mom and picked up her kids and thendrove me around, we visited the solar salt works, morethen one lighthouse, the old slave huts, fort, thehighest mountain, and the windsurfing area. I stayedin the capital city that is called Kralendijk it wasfive minutes away from the airport and the heart wherethe tourist stay. Here I felt the white Dutch mastershad too much power and the kind black slaves were sogenerous. I stayed here the least time, and wanted tomove on.Last to Aruba, believe it or not but I could find ahotel with a reasonable price, $30 a night after sometalking and I did pay the first night $40 at anotherhotel. It had AC, cable TV and a private bathroom andall within fifteen minutes walk to the center of town.I guess the manager there so something special in meand and let me give her $150 in cash in advance for 5nights. Just kidding, but that is what happened. Butmy relationship with her grew and we would have a lotof talks about life and her plans. I either got real close to her or made her feel realguilty but she became my occasional ride from thehotel to some place, and also I had her volunteer togive me a tour of the Island. She took me to the oldDutch windmill, Hooiberg which is the tallest mountainwhich I hiked up for the view, Casibart rockformation, Bushiribana ruins, Natural bridge over thesea, the town of San Nicolas that had a huge refinery,and also a few beaches. Don't think that I did not seeanything on my own here, I visited the Californialighthouse which is on the most northern point andalso the Alto vista Chapel the oldest church on theIsland. I went to the Synagogue for Friday nightservices. I sat through two time share presentationsand got some gifts and went to one casino and gave itall back and more by playing Baccarat again. Butbecause I lost some money I could ask the CasinoManager for some tickets to the Cabaret dance show andon the last night there, I surprised my Hotel Managerwith tickets for her, her family and me. Now that isJesse style a little give and take.


Corn Islands Visit: 2005-11
2009-08-02 - I flew into Great Corn Island from Bluefields. You can also take a ship from Bluefields to Great Corn Island.You can only get to Little Corn Island by boat from Great Corn Island.When I got to the Great Corn Island I walked around about half of the Island and slept there for the night, but next day I took off and headed to Little Corn Island by fast boat.There I stayed for a week in the best Hotel on the Island $25 a night but that is Jesse price, normal it's $40 a night... I went boat riding around the island. Fishing from a parked boat in deep water, where I caught 2 fish, one of them was 6 pounds, a big one. Another time I went fishing from a speed boat for barracuda, but no luck.. Went snorkeling, nice reefs and very clear water. Went up to the top of a tower where I could see the whole island 360 degree view. My room had AC and cable TV and I loved it..... Stopped a fight in the disco one night.I eat so many Lobster tails, they are the main exporters of Lobster Tails to Red Lobster Restaurants.


Costa Rica (mainland) Visit: 2005-9
2010-01-12 - Well I am here in San Hose itís the capital of Costa Rica. At the airport I changed some $$$ and got the good rate then I took a public bus into town (50 cents), on the bus I started to ask one guy some questions and I ended up renting a room from him at his house for $25 a week ...
Its great, a new house, the bad thing is its about 30 minutes by bus to the center of town but it only cost 25 cents to get there. If I go by taxi it cost $4. So when I go home late at night from they clubs and bars I will be using the more expensive means of transportation....
So far every thing is very cheap and I am starting to get to know the town...
If I find a better place I might move but his place is really nice and clean and safe, so that's it for now....
I have seen the Capital and it is not a tourist place, quite boring.
I am on my way to Limon itís on the Caribbean cost of Costa Rica.
So where was I, I was leaving San hose to go to the Carnival in Limon, I will pick up from there.
Well I got side tracked and took a 2 hour bus to Cariari, there I changed to another bus for an hour ride and then to a boat ride for an hour through the canals that took me to Tortuguero which is a nation park where Turtles lay there eggs at night and is protected by the government.
I saw baby turtles running to the water at sunrise. I stayed there for 2 nights and then took a 4 hour boat ride through canals of the jungle to Limon which like I said before is on the Caribbean side of CR. When I got there the carnival was going to last for a whole week and I showed up on the 1st day so I decided to take off and return later on that week the 15Th of the month was suppose to be the best day for Carnival. So I went to Puerto Viejo about a 1 and half hour bus ride further south, stayed there for 3 nights lots of tourist there and lots of American students learning in CR. I got bored quick so I decided to take a trip into Panama. I went to a group of Islands called Bocas Del Toro; I stayed on 2 different islands there and for 3 nights then came back to CR again. Went to a small town called Cahuita and stayed for 4 nights it also had a national park, I used that town as a place to jump into Limon and see the Carnival. Today I am in a place called Fortuna its in the mountains in the central north west of CR and its where the only active Volcano in CR is I can see the smoke from my window..
This afternoon I was hanging out in a waterfall...

To get to the waterfall I hitched hike a ride and an American guy who has lived here for 5 and a half years picked me up, he is 1 of those guys that lived in a communion in Hawaii has dread locks till his knees and now he lives in the jungle here with his woman, on some land they bought, well anyways he invited me to his place tomorrow and I went there. I stayed with him for 30 hours or so it was my 1st time in my life taking a shit out in the jungle, he gave me a shovel and some toilet paper and said dig a hole near 1 of his banana trees and take care of my business.. The shit looked different too because he is a vegetarian so for the last day that's all I eat... after that he took me back to La Fortuna and I stayed 1 more night.. Then to Santa Elena and Moteverde which is a cloud forest in the mountains it always was raining there, I stayed for 3 nights got there by hitch hiking again, 3 cars picked me up to the boat ride and then a mini van ride all for free, I have my ways. Here I went on a Canopy tour. That's flying on cables through the forest the longest was 600 meters long, there were 15 cables, also repelling down 10 meters and there was a Tarzan swing too, 12 meters down, your heart stops for a second or so and then you realize your still alive.
Next Morning, Monday I took a bus at 6am to Puntarenas still on the main land I took a ferry to Paquera which is on the Pacific peninsula of CR, then a bus too Montezuma I arrived at 2pm had lunch walked around checking out hotels and just hated the place, a shit hole so I headed out, on the 4pm bus to Cobano, which I passed through earlier. when I got there I asked around for a good place they told me that Sta. Teresa and Malpais were good, so I hiked a ride there in the back of a pick up truck, got there at night and I found a place, stayed for 2 nights, it was a surf town. It was my 1st time to see 12 blonds male and female's sitting at different tables at the restaurant. I was eating there off course they where tourist. Because of the strong rains on the Pacific side some roads were closed so I had to go back to go a head. So at 7 am the next day I was back on the bus to Paquera to take the ferry to Puntarenas where I had to wait for 2 hours to take another Ferry back to the peninsula but just a bit more west of where I was earlier, that was Naranjo, I waited with the locals for the bus that took me to Nicoya a change of bus and I was heading too Samara, where I stayed for 4 nights it was a beach town, Roman was the owner of the hotel, a real nice guy, I took a ride with him 2 days later to check out some other towns. Big Halloween Party on the 29Th in Samara. But next day I had that feeling to move on again, so Sunday was my traveling day again 3 bus transfers later I am at La Cruz a border town with Nicaragua where I slept last night and today Monday Oct 31st I am heading into Nicaragua.



Curacao Visit: 2006-4
2009-08-16 - A, B, C islands, well that is what the Dutch call them. Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, there are also three moreDutch islands in the Caribbean and they are called theS Islands and they are, Saba, St. Eustatius and St.Maarten so all together the Dutch control six islandsin the Caribbean.I have been to the first three islands, I started withCuracao.The first difference I noticed here is that I don'tget to use my Spanish so much, and off course it ispossible for me to find reasonable accommodationshere. I stayed in Willemstad, that is the capital andI stayed on the Otrabanda side of Willemstad. Thecapital has two sides with the sea in between and youget to cross from side to side by a free ferry thatleaves every few minutes and takes about five minutesto get you across to the other side.On the other side which was called Punda it had theoldest Synagogue in the western hemisphere. I wentthere for Passover service but had the dinner at theRabbis house of another Synagogue. The Capital is full of color, I mean the buildings areso colorful, that you can take a 100 pictures andstill want to take more.Here I would walk around every day. Also I sat at acafe and eat. Went out at night which was most of thetime, very quite there. You see otrabanda and Punda the other side ofWillemstad are mostly for tourist, so the locals goout mostly to bars or cafes inland. I went there too,but not my cup of tea. I guess its the people.I also checked out a beach or two but that was it.Since I travel with one way air tickets to get fromone island to another, I went with this small airlinecompany, that has small airplanes that holds ninepassengers, four rows with two passengers on each rowand one person must sit by the pilot either side ofhim, because both sides have the wheel and all of thecontrols, yes, you can guess where I sat? And once thepilot got the airplane up in the air guess who tookthe wheel and announced to the other passengers thatthe Co Pilot is now flying the plane? You are rightboth times.Bonaire, was my second stop and it is the smallest ofthe three islands. Here I was lucky enough to meet awomen who picked me up after watching a small paradethat they had in Rincon which was the town where theslaves use to live in the past and after talking withher a bit, she decided to show me her island. Shedropped off her Mom and picked up her kids and thendrove me around, we visited the solar salt works, morethen one lighthouse, the old slave huts, fort, thehighest mountain, and the windsurfing area. I stayedin the capital city that is called Kralendijk it wasfive minutes away from the airport and the heart wherethe tourist stay. Here I felt the white Dutch mastershad too much power and the kind black slaves were sogenerous. I stayed here the least time, and wanted tomove on.Last to Aruba, believe it or not but I could find ahotel with a reasonable price, $30 a night after sometalking and I did pay the first night $40 at anotherhotel. It had AC, cable TV and a private bathroom andall within fifteen minutes walk to the center of town.I guess the manager there so something special in meand and let me give her $150 in cash in advance for 5nights. Just kidding, but that is what happened. Butmy relationship with her grew and we would have a lotof talks about life and her plans. I either got real close to her or made her feel realguilty but she became my occasional ride from thehotel to some place, and also I had her volunteer togive me a tour of the Island. She took me to the oldDutch windmill, Hooiberg which is the tallest mountainwhich I hiked up for the view, Casibart rockformation, Bushiribana ruins, Natural bridge over thesea, the town of San Nicolas that had a huge refinery,and also a few beaches. Don't think that I did not seeanything on my own here, I visited the Californialighthouse which is on the most northern point andalso the Alto vista Chapel the oldest church on theIsland. I went to the Synagogue for Friday nightservices. I sat through two time share presentationsand got some gifts and went to one casino and gave itall back and more by playing Baccarat again. Butbecause I lost some money I could ask the CasinoManager for some tickets to the Cabaret dance show andon the last night there, I surprised my Hotel Managerwith tickets for her, her family and me. Now that isJesse style a little give and take.


El Salvador Visit: 2005-12
2009-08-16 - Stayed here for 19 nights, 17 of those nights in the Capital city of San Salvador. Very well developed Capital, huge shopping malls, any kind of food here, great transportation to get around, by the way their currency here is the US Dollar and The US has one of its biggest Embassies here. By the way there are very few tourist here.I found a great little guest house in a residential area so I made it my home and once again used it as a base to move around the country.It takes 2 hours or less to get to all the places I visited, which was two thirds of the country and the public buses were fine and cheap to use. So here is the places I visited. In one day I went to Joya de Ceren, San Andres, El Tazumal and Casa Blanca all were Archaeological sites of Mayan pyramids and a Mayan town that was buried under volcanic ashes. On another day I visited Olocuilta, which is a town famous for Papooses which is the national food here, its a salty pancake with bean paste and cheese in side of it, then drove through Costa del Sol beach and Bocana Cordoneillo which is a peninsula area. I saw some homes destroyed there from a storm. Another trip was a sleep over in Juayua on A Sunday night, the town has a Gastronomical Fair every weekend. I walked around had things to eat, lots of crafts to see. The next day I visited the 3 water falls that are in that town. The next over night trip was to Suchitoto which is a Colonial Town and it had a beautiful lake with great views of the mountains surrounding it. The next day I went to La Palma which is a small crafts town on the way to El Pital the highest mountain in this country 2,730 meters.Today I visited La Libertad a fish port and 3 other Beach's,El Sunzal, El Tunco a surfing beach and Majahual where I saw the most amount of people swimming in their clothes, that's right in this country they swim in their clothes.


Greenland Visit: 2007-7
2009-08-16 - Well, they say Iceland is green and Greenland is icy, and I can tell you that, that statement is true. Its summer here and I never saw anything green here, no grass, no trees, no weeds, just no green. I arrived to Nuuk which is the Capital of Greenland on a small plane, the airport was between two mountains and water on one side, once the plane landed you walked a minute to the building and a minute later you had your bag, there was no customs or immigration officers, no bank, no duty free, nothing and then it was 10 seconds and I was out of the building on my way, I was told that the town was a five minute bus ride away but I did not have any of the local currency but as usual I started to look for a ride and after asking the first person for directions he offered to give me a lift. There is about 16,000 people in the capital, so that guy who gave me the ride, I would see him later on the same day and a few more times before I left, and thatís how small it was. The Greenlandic people were very friendly and are similar looking to Eskimoís from Alaska the other type of people that are there are Danish people since Greenland is a Danish territory, it felt like I went back in time, about 50 years. There was only 1 hotel in the whole town, 1 bank, 2 supermarkets were lots of the locals would hang out between them trying to sell their belongings on the side walk, no fast food chains at all, 2 traffic lights, no internet cafťís, they just finished building the culture center so they showed films there, the police head quarters was in the same structure as the parliament building, at the only fish market they sold seals, I liked it, a new place to explore. No one in Greenland can own land so if some one had a house they had no front or back yard; there were also many ghetto style block buildings five floors high in the center of town, but yet the town as a whole was colorful, the roads were bad and it was quite dirty but great views of mountains every where, great scenery of the beautiful Nuuk fiord which is one of the largest fiords in Greenland, where you could see wild seals and icebergs floating by and the whole town was surrounded by water. Like Iceland it was never dark here, I think sunset was around midnight and 30 minutes later it was sunrise. I would say I was there about four hours when I was invited to some ones house for tea the host wanted to practice his English on me, he said he did not speak English for eight years or so, it was a big deal for his family to have me visit their home, they lived in those blocked buildings, there I tried some dried aged Polar bear meat. I could live with out it. Even thou the surroundings looked poor and Greenland is considered a third world country, lots of people were out of work and there is here a bit of a local drinking problem the prices were similar to Iceland, unbelievable. I had a few contacts here before arriving here, so I quickly got in touch with them and made some new friends here. We would hang out together; walk around together, party together, and go boating together;I really just had a peaceful good time here, spending time with them. After that I was staying in some ones home out in no mans land just enjoying the simple life, of walking around and climbing mountains and enjoying the nature. No stress and no schedule.


Guatemala Visit: 2006-1
2009-08-16 - Guatemala, I think is a tourist dream asfar as natural attractions go. I first started off bygoing to Antigua which was the most tourist town thatI have seen in Central America. I stayed there for aweek and past New Yearís Eve there. There were so manypeople there, tourist and locals. Itís a fun littletown that caters to tourist, lots of bars, (good happyhours) restaurants, cafes, but a little on theexpensive side compared to the rest of the country butstill cheap if you compare it to the States. Itís abeautiful Colonial town, with a small square park inthe center of town where I would hang out some timesmeeting some regular people I knew who lived there andgirls who came to visit from out of town, the town wassurrounded with some mountains around it, it also hasa cool climate so it was great for me... Here for somereason I rented a room in an Apt so it was reallycheap for me to stay there. Many travelers come hereto study Spanish and stay at a families house so I newthis so when I got in I looked for a Spanish schooland asked them if they new of a family that had a freeroom to rent for the week and it worked out for me asusual. Next I went to Lake Atitlan, which is a largelake with different villages surrounding it. The firststop was Panajachel which was a tourist supermarket, tourist came here to do there shopping, souvenirs thatis. I just walked through it on my way to the boatlaunch area to go to San Pedro where I stayed for 4nights it was like a hippie village.I have to tell you more about Antigua, I don't knowwhy but for some reason I really liked that town.While I was there I would walk around the town and seethe different Colonial buildings, and the dozen ormore Churches, this was also the 1st town where theIndigenous Indians where in custom, working in themarket or just walking around. At one point I went toa Macadamia Farm out side the town and on anotheroccasion I did a one day trip to Puerto San Jose whichwas a beach area 2 hours away from Antigua on thePacific cost.So now I can get back to the Hippie Village of SanPedro. By the way San Pedro is one of the cheapest places for travelers to visit in Guatemala. It was a veryrelaxing town in fact I got bored with in a day or soand I wanted to find the Swiss girl who recommendedthis place to me and kill her, but I had to stay theretill the weekend because that was when my companionwas arriving. So to kill the time I went swimming inthe beautiful lake and played water games with thelocal kids that were swimming. I also walked aroundthe whole town and visited the market, in fact here Ihad a little job, not really, I would bring tourist tothe hotel that I was staying at and the hotel bosswould pay me for it. I almost stayed there for freefor the 3 nights. The hotel cost $3 a night and if Ibrought some one over I got $1 and I brought 6 peoplewho stayed multiple nights.I stayed there only the last night with my companion andthen the next day we headed by boat across the lakeback to Panajachel again, from there we where going totake a bus to Guatemala City, I decided I would gohome with her and stay at her place for some days.Most travelers stay away from Guatemala City becauseit is too dangerous but I liked it and we walkedaround a lot in the richer area of town and again Isaw some very new and large shopping malls. From hereI headed to Coban which is in the center of thecountry. Here I find a small B&B which an olderAmerican guy was running, from here I did a day tripto Ray Marcos Caves then to Satana which was a privateEco center with natural water parks and river and lastto Sachichaj which was the best water fall I have seenon my trip so far. In Coban I met a Swedish guy and wewalked around the town together twice, one night wewalked around where even the locals don't go but asusual we had no problems he wanted to show me some cathouses which he found earlier in the day, we found twoof them but those places were real dingy, dirtyplaces. We ended up at a place called Titanic it was aclean strip club with about 10 girls from otherCentral American countries working there dancing.Then I had an early morning wake up call to catch abus at 6am to Semuc Champey which is a beautiful riverwith multiple pools of water. At one point the rivergoes under ground for 300 meters and then comes upback to the surface. I also visited the town ofLanquin and Languin caves and then hitched hike backto my hotel I think some of the local Indians on thetruck were thinking of having me for dinner or maybejust thinking of rubbing me but I got of to soon forthem to do anything. Here I had to get up even earlierto get out of this place because it is so far awayfrom civilization; it was a 5am wake up call and onthe bus by 5:30. Back to Coban first and then on toanother bus to Sayaxche but 2 hours into the ride Italked my self into getting off the bus and checkingout Candelaria caves which were on the way toSayaxche. So that made it 3 different caves that Ivisited, so no more caves for me for awhile. Afterthe caves I caught 2 more buses which brought mefinally to Sayaxche. At this place I wanted to visitCeibal which is a Maya Ruin but to get there I had totake a boat and they wanted $40 for the ride, and itwas a long day all ready, so I decided against it andcaught another bus to Santa Elena and the island ofFlores where I stayed at a nice hotel with AC, CableTV and Hot water for 5 nights and visited the mostpopular ruin in Guatemala called Tikal which is anational park. I also visited the ruin of Yaxha whereSurvivor was filmed. To get here I took a collectivebus first but then I hitched hike and caught a ridefrom a 70 year old American man who had a motorcyclesince he was a new driver he let me drive and he satin the back. We had an 11 kilometer ride on a dirt roadto get to the ruin. So we walked around together Ishared my map and water with him. On the way back tothe main road we had a flat tire, some truck picked usup and brought us to a house were some one fixed thetire but I had to run because it was all ready 1:30and I still had an hour or so ride back to town andthen I had a 4pm flight to catch. Because then crazyme decided to buy a round trip ticket the day beforeand fly back to Guatemala City to see my littleGuatemalan girl for a few nights. Tomorrow I fly backto Santa Elena airport take a Tuc Tuc which is a 3wheel taxi to Flores Island collect my bag from thehotel that I stayed at and then take a collective busto Belize. But it never happened because I showed uplate for my flight and for the first time in my life Imissed my flight, so every thing I planed for the 24Thwill have to happen on the 25Th. I will be in Belizefor about 10 days and then back to Guatemala to theCaribbean side of the country.While I was in Rio Dulce I visited Castillo San Felipewhich was the best Fortresses I have seen in CentralAmerica, I also visited Finca Paraiso which was anatural HOT WATER FALLS, WOW that was a first in mylife to stand in the pool under a hot water fall, Ihave been to many hot springs but NEVER a hot waterfall. I even forced my friend into the water and underthe hot falls even thou she does not know how to swim; I told her Iíll protect her. "Trust me". She was withme until Sunday at 1am and then we walked to the busstation and she caught a late night bus back toGuatemala City, and I headed back to the hotel room.The next morning I left Rio Dulce and headed toLivingston. You can only get there by boat. I stayedthere for 3 nights and visited siete altares which wasa river with multiple pools, over there I got a bitcrazy did some jumping off two water falls into thepools, I slipped once or twice got some small cutshere and there but all was well.Then to Puerto Barrios which was the port townin Guatemala normal prices, lots of peopleand a lot of garbage on the roads.


Honduras (mainland) Visit: 2006-3
2009-08-16 - It seems to me that some times I am moving very fastthrew some countries. Honduras is one of them. I mightbe getting tired or bored and some times things startto look alike in these countries. After all I amvisiting: Water Falls, Rivers, Lakes, Beachís,Mountains, Jungles, Volcano's, Maya Ruins, Caves,Forts, Special towns, Port towns, Capitals,Peninsulas, Islands and so on. But I think thatís it.I started the adventure in Honduras byhitchhiking right from the border in the back of apick up truck, always great views from the back of atruck, which lasted the whole day and brought me toOmoa a beach town with a Fort, then to Puerto Cortesanother beach town, then to San Pedro Sula which wasinland and is the second largest city in Honduras andfinally to Tela, which is another beach town where Islept for the night. The next day I took a bus to La Ceiba which wasanother beach town but again I had bad weather, lotsof rain but I found a good place to have BBQ Chickenand steak. From here the next morning I could take aFerry to the Island of Roatan which is the largestHonduras Island in the Caribbean.I relaxed there for three nights but the rain was onand off, so then I headed to a town called Graciaswhich was in the mountains in the south west part ofthe country. Stayed there for two nights and visited aFort, nice small town to walk around, I thought it hada lot of hotels for it size. Then to Copan Ruins whichbrings me to today Sunday, I took my friend to theborder crossing, then had lunch andthen I sat down in this Internet Cafe for four hoursand caught up with all my e-mails and stories.Tomorrow I will visit the Ruins here, which aresupposed to be the best and largest Ruins in Honduras.Then onto Utila Island, I was hungry and I had noidea where I would sleep the night. This is normal forme, the adventure of the unknown when I first get to aplace; itís what I live for when I am traveling. To get to a place and not know anything about theplace.So I did the simple thing I asked around and went to arestaurant that was 2 minutes away from the ferry dockand had a great dinner and a few rum and cokes, bytime I finished eating and drinking it was around 10pmat night, I was told that I could find a cheap room upthe road, I found it, a simple room with a bed and fanwas $3 a night. I had to share the bathroom but for a nightitís fine.The next day I got up and asked the hotel owner if Icould leave my bags in the room while I would belooking for a better place.She said fine and my search to find a better roomstarted.Usually after 2 hours or so of walking aroundchecking every hotel, I find the place that I am looking for. By doing this, not only do I find the best place tosleep at, but also I get to know the streets in thecity or town where I am planning to stay for somedays. I also meet a lot of local people this way andin the days to come get to see them again and chatwith them. In this case, I found an Apt that had two bedrooms. Iwould have one of the bedrooms that had two beds in itwith a fan and cable TV.I would share the kitchen and bathroom, but at thistime no one else rented the other private bedroom, soI had the whole apt to my self and this cost me $16 anight, I was planning to stay there at least a week todo my open water driving course. I have found so many great and cheap places to sleepin; in all the countries I traveled too, most of thetime, this way.The next day I started the same way to look for theschool that I would take the open water diving coursewith.But the more I looked, the more I felt that I did notwant to take the course here on Utila Island, I feltit was like a production line of tourist coming to theisland for one thing. For the cheapest and quickestway to get an open water diving license it was about$240 for a three day course and it did not feel likeit was fun. After going to about 10 schools I decidednot to do it. So now I was on this Island that hadsand flees that bite real hard every where on yourbody all the time no matter where you are and had noplans to get my open water diving license.I felt it was time to move on. After staying on Utila Island for a week, I traveledto the Capital of Honduras, Tegucigalpa and stayedthere for one night.


Iceland Visit: 2007-7
2010-01-12 - Going out in Reykjavik is some thing special, itís an area of less then a mile long right in the center of town, off a main road with smaller roads turning off of it to the right and left with about a hundred of bars, cafes, and restaurants that turn into dancing and drinking places. People go out late here, maybe around midnight and most places stay open till 6am or so, before going out most Icelandic people start drinking at home, or they go to home parties because alcohol is so expensive here and they want to be some what drunk before reaching the center. Most Icelandic young people 16 to 25 drink to get drunk when they go out on Fridays and Saturdays the rest of the week the center is some what busy but not like on weekends when the madness happens. There are lines to get into most of the good places and itís good to be a VIP here if you donít like waiting on lines but no cover charge and there is no smoking inside all of these places which is a good thing. There is a lot of drinking on the street from bottles or glasses and there is a lot of broken glass every where. As I said before when the Icelandicís drink to get drunk they become quite aggressive unlike during the week when they donít drink and are very reserved and there are many fights here with the police getting involved and always some one is bleeding and the women I feel spit more then the men here, walking around the street drunk with a bottle of beer and spiting, I saw that over and over again. The women are pretty here but there are also a lot of over weight girls here. The women kind of act like men, they donít hold back, once they are drunk they aggressively try to pick up the man they are interested in. So this is what my weekends are like, I walk around sometimes alone most times with some friends I have met here and go from place to place checking things out, dancing and trying to see in which place are the most prettiest women at. Each place has its own type of cliental whether older people or rockers or yuppies and so on. So that is night life on weekends in Reykjavik.
I decided to also visit Greenland, I have to pick where I want to go in Greenland because you canít get around by car there, itís only by air or by ship and very expensive, so I have decided to fly to Nuuk the capital city. So during the past week I was looking into air tickets to get there and I found a flight that just started this week from Reykjavik to Nuuk from the main airport in Iceland named Keflavik the best price I could find for that flight was $730 round trip, so I took it, also at the same time I visited the local attractions with in an hourís time from Reykjavik the capital. Such as Kleifarvatn which is a lake area with geysers in a mountain area, some light houses on the cost line, a bridge that connects the fault line between North America and Europe and last the famous Blue Lagoon nature hot bath which was quite green when I visited it, costing $30 to sit in some hot green water out doors but if you know me even a little, I would never pay that, maybe because I have two hot tubs at home or maybe because the water was green and it should have been blue like the name. What I would do is go inside threw the restaurant area to film it first and since I am all ready in, I might as well stay in, well thatís me.

So on Sunday at 9:30am I drove from my place to a gas station filled up the tank and then headed to the hostel where the three Czech people were camping out, to pick them up for our journey around Iceland. I choose them because they were in their late 20ís and early 30ís, it looked like we could get along, and I could trust them and enjoy the trip with them. There was one couple and a single guy and they were friends, they were non smokers. Also they had tents and wanted to sleep out in the nature for free, and I could sleep in the tent with the single guy, he had an extra mat, so all I needed was a sleeping bag. Another reason I picked them was, they had cooking equipment and I could join them in the meals, also they wanted to be dropped of on day five at Myvatn which was three quarters of the way around Iceland but would give me their share of the gas money for the other two days for me to complete the whole circle around Iceland, what a deal for me. Thatís why I picked them, now I was able to rent the car from a private person who I knew, he trusted me, and we became friends, for the whole week for $150 and actually if I came back sooner or needed the car longer the price would be the same. So as I started my trip I just made a profit of $150 in my pocket. Sounds like a Jesse story, right? So we packed the car up with their stuff, settled with money and were off. For the next 7 days I would be the only driver of the car, I drove 2,600 kilometers that's about 1,600 miles and the gas expense for the whole journey was 30,000ISK which is about $500 which we split four ways. Our day would start any time in the morning after we had breakfast and packed up the tents, I would try to keep on moving for at least 12 hours a day even if that meant that we stopped some place for a few hours. On the 1st day I drove out of Reykjavik the Capital to the Pingvallayatn lake, which is Iceland's largest natural lake where some car company was shooting a commercial with sharp looking cars and this beautiful lake was in the back ground, then onto Pingvellir National park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, known as the center of Icelandic culture started in 930 AD when the 1st general assembly came together for a formal government structure, Iceland has the oldest running government in Europe. Also this place is straddling two continents, itís the fault line between America and Europe, and it lies within a belt of volcanic activity and has 2 small water falls. Then to Geysir which is a place were hot water is shooting out of the ground maybe 40 feet in the air every few minutes and the tourist are standing around it waiting to catch it with their cameras. Next to Gullfoss which was the largest water falls in Iceland really magnificent. Then to Kerio which is a Crater with water in it. The excursion to do this trip is known as the Golden circle and it cost 7,000 ISK about $115 and takes 10 hours. But I had to keep on going, I drove into a town named Selfoss which produces most of Iceland's milk and so we stopped to drink some.
Then not to far from Kross to see the black sand beach's in the south west part of Iceland, here I had to park the car and walk through dunes more then an hour to get to the black sand and cost line. Next to Seljalandsfoss another breath taking water fall that you can see right off, from the road and that you can walk behind it. Now it was evening hours but still light out side and I was headed on a dirt road to the back of Eyjafjallajokull glacier when I drove up to water from a river crossing over the road, since I had a normal car and not a 4 by 4 I did not take the chance to cross the deep water, I parked there, off the road and we set up camp for the 1st night.

On the second day around 9am as we were packing up and decided that we canít go further into the area because of the rivers were preventing us from crossing, a woman was drooping off some people where we were parked, they also had a normal car and could not cross the water, so I asked her where was she heading too, she said that she was going all the way on the dirt road till the end about a 40 minute drive, I also wanted to know how many rivers there were to cross to get to the end she said about 25 and told me that my car would not make it there, so I asked her if she would take us there, I was not worried on how we would get back to the car, she said you have 2 minutes to decided if you are coming with me or not, so I ran back to the 3 Czechís and told them, lets take the gamble and get the ride to the end of the road and worry about getting out later, they agreed and we all grabbed a few items and were off.
She had a big 4 by 4 and told us about the area, and on the way she stopped to show us for 2 minutes Lonio which is a lagoon in front of the glacier with ice bergs in it melting away. Then she took us to Basar where there was one cabin and dropped us off, where the landscape is strikingly beautiful and the contrasts in color among the plant life, glaciers, wasteland and blue skies are great. I finally had my breakfast there and then after an hour or so there, we started to walk back to the car, no one would give us a lift, well there were only two excursion buses there, and when they heard four people they said no. So we started walking on the road through streams and rivers that crossed over the road and at one point I got my shoes wet so now when ever I reached another water crossing I just walked right into it, we stopped again at the lagoon with the ice bergs to take a second look at it. I was walking for three and a half hours, it was getting a bit hot, when I saw a miracle in the distance on the road, it was a car with two people trying to fix a flat tire, as I got closer I thought what a brake for me, I went up to them offered my help and then asked them for a drink of water, we got talking, I told them what they could see up the road, showed them it on my map, which they did not have and asked me where I got it, do you know where I am going with this? I asked them if they saw the green car parked when they came in, they were a French couple and the car was a Renault, so off course he saw it, so I asked him if he would give me and my three friends who were about 15 minutes behind me, a ride back to the car for my map, he started to think about it and it seamed to him like a good trade by this time the Czechís arrived, the problem was now there were six of us, so he said he could only take two of us back, so I told him why donít you leave your girlfriend her with your bags, you have to come back here any ways, the girl right away said no, and the others looked at me like heís got balls, but after thinking about it for a few minutes she agreed, so I gave her my map, told her which path to walk to the lagoon and we left, he drove like a bat out of hell, it took us maybe 20 minutes or so to get back to the car but if we had to walk it would have taken another four hours at least to reach it. Once in the car there would be no more walking for me this day, it was driving time only, but the 3 Czechís loved the hike, I could live with out it. Next it was to Skogafoss another water fall but this one you could walk on top of it and there was a second fall about a five minute walk further on. From this point on, while traveling on highway #1 it was possible to see in the distance a larger glacier on the left side named Myrdalsjokull and on the right side in the distance you could see the sea, by the way highway #1 circled Iceland. Then it was onto the town of Vik where there was a view from the top of the mountain of rocks shooting out of the sea, also this was the 1st refueling of gas for the car, we drove 394 kilometers about 250 miles and it cost 4,600 ISK about $75. The exchange rate was about $1 = 62 ISK. Once again it was reaching evening hours as we reached the largest glacier in Iceland, named Vatnajokul and this one was very easy to see from the road, now we entered Skaftafell National Park where you could stand right next to the glacier and feel the cold temperature from it. Then it was a short ride to Jokulsarlon lagoon one of the most stunning things I saw on this trip, here scenes in two James Bond movies were filmed, it was a lagoon with 100s of ice bergs some standing still and others floating out of the lagoon into the sea under a bridge that connects the highway and you could spot seals swimming around, the weather here was freezing cold and windy. This was a place that we decided we wanted to see what it looked like in the morning but it was to cold there to set up the tent, and after my first night sleeping in the tent on the mat without a sleeping bag, I knew it would be too cold for me. I had blanket and a pillow that my Icelandic friend lent me, so I drove 20 kilometers from there and found a wormer place where we would camp for the night. I dropped them off there and they would get the camp in order, I needed to find a place that had electricity so I could charge up my battery for my video camera so I stopped at some hotel on the road and went to one of the buildings where there was a lobby area but no reception and started to recharge my batteryís, there also was a TV there, so I turned it on and watched some TV. Here I would hit the jackpot. The hotel was kind enough to provide me with a brand new comforter thick blanket which I thought would be great to put over the mat but under me to make my sleep softer and more comfortable to sleep on. I worked out a great price with the hotel for it. Once my batteries were charged I left and headed back to our camp site. They were already in the tents, so I made my bed and put my new blanket over the mat and felt like I was at the Hilton Hotel. My tent mate was amazed that I was able to solve all of my travel problems, as easily as they occurred.
On day three, well that I will save for next time.

On day three I woke up in the Hilton Hotel, well that is how I felt, I had a great night sleep and I had a big smile on my face, it was just so comfortable, warm, dry and peaceful. Since I was in charge of driving the others took care of setting up the tents, tearing down the tents, cooking the meals and washing the dishes. What an easy life I had. So after a short ride we were back at Jokulsarlon lagoon, the lagoon with 100s of icebergs that we visited from the night before. Here we walked around, took pictures and saw some seals swimming. There was a boat excursion that tourist could take for 30 minutes around the lagoon going between the icebergs and maybe closer to the seals it cost $40, but itís not my thing, too many restrictions to be herded like cattle on and off the boat, and be in a carrel atmosphere with the other tourist, I mean real tourist you get off the tour bus to get onto the boat tour. The others wanted to do the boat trip the night before but thought it was too expensive this morning and decided not too. From here I drove to Hofn, which was the largest town on the south east cost and is known as a fishery town, so here we went to one of the fishing factories walked around it and then bought a kilo of Red fish for $9 all ready filleted, we thought it was a good buy and that it was cheap for Iceland, compared to a kilo of fillet chicken breast that cost $48, we were getting a steal of a deal, it would be our lunch later on in the day. Here was the 2nd refueling of gas for the car, we drove 398 kilometers about 250 miles and it cost again 4,600 ISK about $75. From here the driving was in the direction of north east and we were besides the cost line to our right. On one side the beautiful cost line, sometimes cliffs, sometimes dunes, some sand beaches, rock formations in the water and on the other side cliffs, mountains with ice/snow or with out ice/snow, some more smaller water falls, grass and this purple flower which was every where in Iceland and known as their symbol flower, I would stop the car and get out for pictures along the way. By the way there were also sheep every where grazing as I drove around the island. All along this cost line the drive was passing the eastern fjords of Iceland we also saw some little port towns. We decide to camp at a town called Reyoarfjorour because this small town like many others offer a free camp site for campers with bathrooms and kitchen facilities, including hot water and sometimes a washing machine and a dryer, let me say it again, ďfor freeĒ unbelievable what the Icelandic government and local towns do for the tourist industry in Iceland.

Day four, the 1st place that I was going to drive to was a harbor town but drove much further north of it, to a bird sanctuary in Borgarfjorour, for bird watching, I drove here by mistake that turned out to be a good one, here I saw the famous Icelandic Puffins, also Eiders, Gulls, Snipes and Oystercatchers just meters away from me on a cliff. Then it was on to that harbor town, but to get there I had to drive threw a very step road over this mountain that still had snow every where in June, at the top of the mountain you had a view of Seydisfjordur which was that harbor town, here you could take an over night ferry which cost more then taking a two hour airplane flight from the capital, I didnít understand that one, once a week to Faeroe Islands, itís north of Scotland but that is a future place I will visit some day. Before heading down to the town there was a beautiful water fall and great views of the town and of the fjord that it sits in. After walking around town and having lunch, this was the 3rd refueling of gas for the car I drove 483 kilometers about 300 miles and cost 5,200 ISK about $85. Next it was on to a forest area which was west in land, here was the 1st time you could see lots of trees, millions of flowers and it was green every where. From there we headed over some mountains deeper inland over landscape that was boring, to a controversial Dam that was being built at the time in the middle of no where and destroying the nature. I noticed that there was only one way in, which meant we would have to back track about 2 hours back to the forest area to get out, but then I noticed on the posted map that they have next to every attraction/point of interest that there was a dirt road out over the other side of the Dam, however it was off limits and restricted only to vehicles from the company who were building the dam, so after negotiating with my fellow passengers, two of us decided to take the chance, my front passenger who was my navigator and I said lets go for it, the two in the back were freaking out. All the workers, mostly Orientals were looking at us; I drove as if we were on our way to work as we reached half way on the dam a security truck drove up to me and asked me, do you work here? I said off course and I need to get to the other side, he asked me again and my answer was the same, he asked me to follow him and as we reached the other side of the dam he said you donít work here, I said no I donít but I need to get out of here from this side, he said there are no roads out of here only a dirt way and in many places water ran over it, I said Iíll take my chances and he showed me the main dirt way out of there, for the next 3 hours I was driving less then 10 miles an hour not knowing where I was going it was after 10pm but at the end I made it, it always works out for me and we were out of the wasteland area on our way to find a place to pitch the tents near this large water fall that we would visit first thing tomorrow.

On the fifth day, we woke up at the site of the water fall called Dettifoss. Which was the largest fall of a network of four falls, here I also so the falls called Hafragilsfoss. By noon and 25 km to the north we were on our way to Asbyrgi Canyon which is in Jokulsargljufur National Park, here in the canyon you can see plants, birds and rocks there was a pond, and lots of woods. Next it was a drive along the northern cost line to get to Husavikur, there where many pit stops on the way for great pictures of the drops to the cost line. Husavikur which is a port town with a wharf on the north cost line of Iceland is known for the best place to go by boat whale watching. It was a nice little tourist town, here was the 4th refueling of gas for the car, we drove 393 kilometers about 250 miles and it cost again 4,600 ISK about $75. From here I was on my way to Myvatn Lake and its surrounding attractions, once getting there I would stay there for the night and explore all the beautiful and unique things you could see there. Like Lake Myvatn one of the largest lakes in Iceland, Myvatn Nature Baths, Hverfjall mountain crater 140 meters in depth and 1000 meters in circumference, one of the largest on the planet, Dimmuborgir is a vast area of lave formation rocks, Skutustaoagigar craters are pseudocraters formed in a steam explosion when molten lava rushed over wetlands, Hverir an area with bubbling mud pits, Namafjall mountain is a high temperature area with sulfur springs and steam vents, Krafla is another crater but with water inside it, Leirhnjukur mountain is an area with hot springs and lava formations, Grjotagja are caves with hot springs inside them, the good thing about all of these attractions is that they are very near each other at the most 30 minutes by car from the furthest one to the other side. So here I stayed the fifth night and the sixth day and after running from place to place, walking around and taking pictures, this was the place we settled with the final gas money, they would give me for not continuing the whole trip another $120, life is sweet, I said good bye and wished my Czech passengers a nice stay. They traveled with me for five days and 1,725 kilometers, they had planed this with me from the start, to get dropped off here because they wanted to stay there for a much longer period of time then I was planning.

So it was day six of travel and I was off on my own, finally, donít get me wrong it was good traveling with the group but there is nothing like Jesse on heís own, canít beat that.
I was on my way to the next water fall that was on my path around the island, it was named Godafoss another beautiful fall, lots of them here in Iceland. Next it was to the City of Akureyri and you read it right I said city, itís the second largest one in Iceland about 20,000 people and itís located in the northern center of the island. After dinner I kept on going I headed across a road in the middle of no where only two or three meters over the water on the north cost and washed the sun set all alone, no cars no lights no people, then it was to a town called Blonduos a nice little town, here I found another free camping grounds with washing facilityís and decided to stay for the night, I slept in the car, I was able to put the front passenger sit all the way down and had a great night sleep there.

Day seven this is the day I planed to complete the circle and be back in the capital. I only had 420 kilometers left to get there and had the whole day in front of me. I started my day with a good breakfast in the car with cheese, bread, hearing, tomato, caviar spread and orange juice. Half way to the capital there was finally some points of interest on the road. First there was Baula crater which was only a five minute walk from where you parked your car, then there was this area called Reykholt which was a green valley area with a river passing threw it and mountains on both sides, here Icelandic people came to camp, play golf and just relax in nature. Then I was pleasantly surprised when I was driving out of that area and came across a wonderful waterfall, this was a different type of falls it had fifty or so falls flawing from behind bushes or from the landscape into the passing river, really a nice site. Then I was headed to the western cost line to the town of Borgarnes, there was a small island connected to the town, here I had my last refueling of gas for the car, I drove 742 kilometers about 460 miles since my last fill up and it cost 4,100 ISK about $65. The car was costing me less now that I had less weight in the car and I stuck to good roads. From here I drove along the western cost line passing threw the fjords to Reykjavik the capital, it only took me two hours to get there. So one week later and 2,600 kilometers of driving I was back where I started with more money in my pocket then the $550 I changed at the banks with in the first two weeks of being in Iceland. How did that happen? I unpacked the car headed to my friendís apartment and put my dirty cloths in the washing machine, it was Saturday night and I was planning to go out dancing and do some drinking.





Nicaragua Visit: 2005-11
2009-08-02 - The people in Nicaragua are friendlier then inCosta Rica and the women are more pretty here too andthey really look at you and smile.I have been in a town called San Juan Del Sur for 7days now and tonight will be my 7Th night. Itís a fishing port and a surfing town too; itís onthe southern Pacific side of Nicaragua. It is very cheap here as well. There is a very large lake near Rivas which is a halfan hour away from here by shared cab so tomorrow I will gothere and in this large lake there is an island with2 volcanoís in it 1 active and 1 not , so that is mynext stop...Well, I am still alive but it is way to hot for meover here, I really hate the heat... Also the mosquitoes, they bite me every where, even onthe bottom of my feet.So you say why donít I use OFF spray? Well that'sbecause they donít sell it in this country and mysupply is out.I went to Ometepe Island to see the Volcano and on theway back on the Ferry it irrupted and I caught it onfilm. Then it was back to San Juan Del Sur, in total Istayed there for 10 nights and used it as a base to goto Rivas and Ometepe Island. Then I left and went toGranada which is the town that is most visited bytourist. Itís a colonial city and maybe the best townI have been in so far, as far as architecture. I alsostayed there for 10 nights, but by the 4Th day Istarted to jump to other towns for day trips. 1st Iwent to Laguna de Apoyo, it was a beautiful lake whereI swam, next day to Managua just a very busy dirtycapital city, then to Masya nice commercial town butit also has an active Volcano which was great to see, then to Mombacho another Volcano but not active here Ihiked up a mountain 1150 meters on foot and was wetfrom head to toe. When I got to the top I could seethe Crater full with jungle plants, so what, what awaste of time. Lastly to Catarina one of the mostbeautiful views of Laguna de Apoyo, Mombacho, Granadaand Lake Nicaragua, I went there on a clear day...WOWThen I left Granada and went to Leon itís a universitytown stayed there for 3 night and checked out LeonViejo which is a UNESCO world site, I saw some oldrocks that use to be buildings 400 years ago, so what, it was a waste of time again.. Also I visited 2 beachesnear Leon on the Pacific side, Poneloya and Las Penitaswhich was better.Then I got antsy and went back to Managua to take a busto the east side of the country, on an over night busthat left at 10pm and got in at 4am to El Rama thenthere I had to wait until 6am to take the speed boatto Bluefields, I walked around for a half a day thereand took another speed boat to Pearl Lagoon.Now I was in the middle of no where itís a town whereat 12am they loose electric power until the next dayat 10am and would you believe it I stayed there for 4nights sweating in my room being attacked byCockroaches and eaten by mosquitoes, but I did get tospend time with the native Indians here which are fromthe mosquito tribe, which brings me to today, I amback in Bluefields and I will be flying on an airplaneto Great Corn Island at 3:30pm.There I will take a boat to Little Corn Islandand stay for a week, I think, I will take a divingcourse there, well that is the plan, will see what Ireally do...When I got to the Great Corn Island I walked aroundabout half of the Island and slept there for thenight, but the next day I took off and headed to LittleCorn Island by fast boat, there I stayed for a week inthe best Hotel on the Island $25 a night but that isJesse price normal itís $40 a night... I went boat ridingaround the island. Fishing from a parked boat in deepwater, there I caught 2 fish; one of them was 6 pounds, a big one. Another time I went fishing from a speed boatfor barracuda but no luck. I went snorkeling, nice reefsand very clear water. Went up to the top of a towerwhere I could see the whole island 360 degree view. Myroom had AC and cable TV and I loved it..... Then Iflew back to the Capital and took a bus to Granadaagain, I brought the frozen fish back with me to cookfor the owners of the hotel that I stayed at beforeand this time since they said to me last time that Iam like family, so I bought my self some free nightsthis time with the fish, I think, since fish in thisarea is expensive and less fresh then my catch 3 daysago....I think I am heading to El Salvador next, to thecapital 1st; the plan is to leave on Sunday by bus.


Panama (mainland) Visit: 2006-3
2009-08-16 - During this week of traveling through the three countries to getto Panama it was so hot, temperatures of 40c or 100f,I need a brake, I need some cold weather, please. The next day I crossed the border into Panama.The first thing I asked for, when I crossed the borderwas ®Is there a town in Panama that has cool temperatures®My wish was answered, YES, there is, itīs a town inthe mountains, itīs called Boquete. I guess you know then where I am heading too.So Boquete was just what the doctor ordered. I stayedthere for 5 nights, it was so nice to wake up in themorning and have covers on me and not be sweating, Iactually started wearing my long pants again but onlyat nights. No fan and no AC in the room. Here I walked around the small town and took micro busrides into the mountains. One day I headed by bus intoCaldera, it's known for it's thermal pools, but afterborrowing a bicycle from an old man at the local standand riding it on a rocky bumpy road for 40 minutes ,Ireached the thermal pools, and I realized that it wasa waste of time, there were 2 of them about 2 metersround in diameter, that's it. But to get there I hadto cross over a suspension bridge, so I made the rivermy swimming play ground.After leaving Boquete I checked out two other towns onthe other side of the mountain the first was Volcanand the second Cerro Punta at an altitude of 1,970meters above sea level, here I just visited some hoursand moved on to the city of David. David is the Capital city of the province of Chiriqui,it's a large commercial town and all the other towns Ivisited earlier were in this province. I stayed therefor three nights I went gambling in a casino and alsovisited the international fair that was going on inthe city. I felt very good about Panama, I thought it was verycivilized compared to the other Central Americancountries, but the problem is that it is hard to findany tourist information about places to visit.So I decided to head to Panama City to find a bettertourist office that could help me find more places tovisit in the country.The eight hour bus ride from David to Panama City wasvery comfortable with AC for a local bus. The busarrived at a large clean and organized bus terminal InPanama City and there was one hotel that had a vanthat was offering a free ride into town and rooms for$22 a night. So off course I took the free ride andchecked out the hotel. It was Saturday night around10pm and as usual I knew nothing about Panama City.Just from the ride alone into town I knew that I wouldstay here at least 10 nights, its just a feeling thatI get in the first moments of arriving to a new place.The hotel was nice, it had every thing that I waslooking for, private bathroom with hot water, largebed, clean room, cable TV, and AC. I told the managerthat I was planing to stay a while and needed a betterprice, but the lowest he could go to was $18 a nightwhich was still too high, so we talked some more andhe told me that they have another hotel three blocksaway for $15 a night. They drove me there and it wasas good as the first hotel, so I took it at $15 anight. By Monday I new I would be here at least twoweeks and so I checked around other hotels and talkedwith my hotel and they lowered my price to $13 anight. So that is where I still am. I have been herenow for 14 nights, I have two more paid nights and onApril 2ND at 6am I will fly into the jungle and staythere for a few days/nights , I will leave my bigbackpack at the hotel and just take my small pack withme. I should be out by April 7Th. Wish me luck.I donīt know if it was necessary to stay so long inPanama City but it is the most impressive Capital Cityin Central America and I did get to see the whole cityand used it as a base to rest up and to visit othercity's/towns like Colon, where Columbus landed in1502. I also visited Portobelo where the Spanish built afort to protect their interest and off course Ivisited the Panama Canal a few times.I must be getting lazy after two days of the NativeIndian Islands in San Blas I missed the comforts of mylife in Panama City and I wanted to leave. so there I was, in so called paradise, beautifulweather, clean white sand beaches, palm trees,gorgeous blue clear water, peace and quite, no people,and I discovered something about myself, this was notmy paradise, after about one hour I was bored thepeace and quite was too much for me, I discovered thatmy paradise is TV, AC, restaurants, bars, malls,streets and buildings, noise, people and action. Now I know what is my paradise, what keeps mepeaceful, alive and interested, itīs city life andthat is all right, at least now I know what makes metick, what rocks my boat. In El Porvenir area in San Blas I visited 9 differentIslands or areas by air plane and/or boat, I slept ina hut in Nalunega Island, I talked with the natives,played with the children, even gave them potato chips,and sat in, the daily evening Indian town councilmeeting. These places had no hot water, no fresh waterfor showers, no electricity, and not too many comfortsof home. I am happy that I saw it and more happy thatI left. Like I said earlier maybe I am getting lazyand I got use too my hotel in Panama City, you knowwhat that means, I have to get my ass in gear andstart moving again.


San Blas Islands Visit: 2006-4
2010-01-12 - I must be getting lazy after two days of the Native Indian Islands in San Blas I missed the comforts of my life in Panama City and I wanted to leave. so there I was, in so called paradise, beautiful weather, clean white sand beaches, palm trees,gorgeous blue clear water, peace and quite, no people, and I discovered something about myself, this was not my paradise, after about one hour I was bored the peace and quite was too much for me, I discovered that my paradise is TV, AC, restaurants, bars, malls,streets and buildings, noise, people and action. Now I know what is my paradise, what keeps me peaceful, alive and interested, itīs city life and that is all right, at least now I know what makes me tick, what rocks my boat. In El Porvenir area in San Blas I visited 9 different Islands or areas by air plane and/or boat, I slept in a hut in Nalunega Island, I talked with the natives, played with the children, even gave them potato chips,and sat in, the daily evening Indian town council meeting. These places had no hot water, no fresh water for showers, no electricity, and not too many comforts of home. I am happy that I saw it and more happy that I left.
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