So we then moved inland to Palenque (for yet more ruins!) – the town of Palenque is, well, not the nicest but there is a tiny village 10 minutes away in the jungle, called El Panchan, which is a lot more traveler friendly. Our old friend Cerca met us there and we shared a cabana and booked ourselves on a tour of the ruins and nearby waterfalls the next day. I had planned on missing out these ruins, but as the tour included them I went along, and actually there were pretty amazing – the site was huge and spread around a jungle so we had an occasional break from the heat. We then went to see two waterfalls which were really nice and I found a perfect present for my host dad, who loves building planes 🙂 that night we also had dinner with an italian guy, a mexican guy, a french guy and another israeli… some more random conversation!
The next day Laura, Cerca and I set out for Guatemala… we bought a tour with the same operator as the ruins as we had heard it is two buses and a boat to get to Flores. The tour was OK, except for them failing to tell us that we had to pay a $30 fee at the Mexican border, and that we got a dodgy boat over a very illegal looking border on a river and then driving through Guatemala for almost an hour before getting to an immigration office. But oh well, we arrived eventually…
Flores is an island on a lake which you can cross a bridge to get to… despite this we managed to book a hostel which we had to get a boat to, but in the end it was a great hostel with an amazing view of Flores. We also met two great guys, from Sweden and NZ, who I spent some time with while Laura and Cerca visited more ruins. On the day they went to the ruins, me and the two guys basically drank beer for most of the day (with me and the Swedish guy swimming to another Island and back some point in between) and did nothing much else. So we were quite merry when Laura and Cerca turned up, but they definitely weren’t… they had been caught in a huge downpour for the whole day and came back pretty miserable 😦 We made up for it the next day though when we toured the island, me and Laura had a girly lunch, and then we all went for a dinner. The dinner was mine and Laura’s last meal travelling so it was very sad to be saying goodbye to our travelling adventure and very surreal to be returning to Tegus, especially with Laura leaving Honduras a few days after we got back…
So Laura and I got back to Tegus on the Sunday just gone and had all these plans of what Laura wanted to do before leaving… however me and our wonderful friend Teddy had different ideas 😀 The last few months Laura and I have spent a lot of hilarious time with Teddy and Christopher, friends of my host brother, and we had planned a trip before but never got around to it… so we actually all made into one car, with lots of alcohol and random jokes (mainly about Laura and Teddy’s future baby) and set off for the south coast of Honduras!
After a car journey, boat and moto taxi, we arrived at one of the nicest hotels and jumped straight in the pool… where we stayed for the rest of day (until it started raining) and evening (we got back in when it stopped raining). There were a lot more jokes about the baby, Bert Katai; lots of eating a random Honduras sweet which we nicknamed Dumbledores and reminiscing about our last 7 months in Honduras. It was really surreal the next day when Laura mentioned that in 24 hours she would be at the airport ready to leave…
So that evening, Laura and I headed to metro mall (where more random stuff happened – seriously you can’t even make a trip to the mall in Honduras without having the weirdest things happen!), then to Laura’s host family’s house. We had a meal with the family and then some drinks with a couple of friends before heading to mine for Laura’s last night in Honduras! 😥
And I’m now sat in my room with no more Laura… it’s going to be so strange no having Laura, who basically became my sister, with me for the next 5 months. We literally spoke from waking up to going to bed, usually seeing each other at some point in the day… but I’m sure we will use skype and facebook to keep each other up to date on both Honduras and England. Hope you’re enjoying home Laura, miss you!! x