After numerous screaming fans and book deals flying my way, I thought I would add my second post to our blog. I'll call it "#2 in Central America".
I promised my darling wife that I would keep this short, which for me, is not an easy task. Those who know me can confirm that I am a long winded story teller.
Traveling to Central America (CA) was one of the best decisions we could have made for this trip. Sarah, nor I knew much about the region and decided to start in Antigua, Guatemala, because it seemed like the "cool" thing to do. We traveled through Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Life in CA is a sobering reminder of how good we have it in the US. A few things come to mind in keeping with my blog post titled/themed "#2 in Central America".
Proper plumbing is nonexistent. If you plan to travel to CA, be prepared NOT to flush any TP into the actual toilet. There is usually a small garbage can stuffed with the remains from the earlier clients nearby. If you are lucky enough to find a bathroom with TP, it will be scented like baby powder. A majority of the plumbing is pieced together from ancient clay pipes, which are cracked and clogged along the journey. You may be thinking that we are just staying at cheapo spots, which is true, BUT even the nicest of hotels and restaurants advise you not to put anything into the toilets.
Let's talk about hot water. In the US, we are used to every sink/shower having two knobs,"hot" and "cold." In CA, there is one. It's called "Water". The thought of wasting energy/gas/electricity to heat up water is outrageous. Believe it or not, Sarah and I took cold water showers for two months. What is that like you ask? It sounds like Santa is in the bathroom. Lots of Ho Ho Ho's until the joyous shock goes away. I highly recommend cold showers to pep you up for the day.
Central America is a beautiful place plagued with a stigma of being unsafe. We traveled not only to the "most dangerous" country in the world, BUT the "murder capital" of the word, San Pedro Sula, Honduras without incident. The sad reality is that all of the demand for drugs in the US and Europe, is fueling a vicious drug trade. In Guatemala City, one Chicken Bus "Camionetta" driver gets killed each week for offenses within the trade. This has sadly become the norm. If the driver/money men (conductor) don't pay the drug cartels for a "safety toll", bad things happen.
What we found is if you are looking for trouble, you will find trouble. If you visit the sights, speak with locals, eat local fare, you will have an incredible, unforgettable, and SAFE experience.