April 2nd, 2000

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Gerbie on tour 9

Gerbie on tour (9)

Hello everyone,

Firstly I’d like to thank everyone who kept sending me emails. Unfortunately it is not as easy to answer in this part of Central America as it was in the US, the Dom. Republic and Mexico. That’s also the reason that the next edition of this newsletter had to wait a bit. The last month I have divided my time (unevenly) between 2 countries: El Salvador and Honduras.

El Salvador is a fairly small country, there’s not much to see and do either. The capital San Salvador disappointed me a bit, after visiting Guatemala City. The best experience there was discussing the state of the country and it’s past with some locals in a comedor. I continued to Santa Ana, the second biggest city in the country. I did like that town better, but after a couple of days, and the obligatory football match, I left for Guatemala, just to get to Honduras this time though.

Starting off at the Copan ruins (yes, again), very famous for it’s staircase full of hyroglives (or how is that spelled?). From Puerto Cortes, the biggest harbor in the country I took the train towards Tela, it being the only train in the country. The very old and slow train was a brilliant experience. Stopping at every side road, the wooden wagons dating from the fifties, it took as hours to travel about 70 kilometers.

Tela is a nice little town on the coast, with a lot of nice deserted buildings, dangerous to live in, but good to have a look at. From La Ceiba I took the ferry to Utila, a little Caribbean island, where I took my obligatory days of rest. Apart from a walk and one afternoon on a mountain bike I spent my time reading, writing and specializing on hammock lying skills.

In Trujillo, Central America’s oldest city I visited the best museum I have ever seen. An old building with toilets and ovens, stamps and banknotes, irons and typewriters, skulls and Maya-art. A complete illogical collection of anything the owner could lay his hands on. The museum itself justified the detour to get to this town.

In the interior, on my way to the capitol, I made a stop in La Union, where a walk through real rainforest was on the program. A fairly narrow path was to be followed after the visitor’s center, after which there weren’t any signs and even the track was sometimes hardly visible. After a 2 hours walk I did get back to the starting point anyway. It was a fascinating experience, but I do know that a visit to the Amazon in South America has become less likely.

Since a couple of days I am in the capitol, Tegucigalpa. Unpronounceable, but worth a visit, though nothing spectacular. This country has kept me for about 3 weeks already though, after the weekend I plan on moving towards Nicaragua. My original planning has long been abandoned, but luckily I have got the opportunity to do so, so I don’t think there is any reason to complain.

Everybody my regards, please do keep them emails coming. Even though I am not fast in answering, might not answer at all, I still enjoy reading them!

Gerben