Archive for June, 2010

Into the jungle

Author: Kristi

Kyle and I went for a walk the other night and I got attacked. I was trying to catch a couple toads that hoped across my path and I was standing in the grassy area getting Kyle to take pictures when I started getting bitten all over my feet. There were a ton of fire ants where I was standing and I guess because I stood there long enough they climbed up my pants. As I was whacking them away with my hands they got all over my hands and arms and were biting me like crazy. I almost had a melt down because I couldn’t get them all off and I was in so much pain! Once I got them all off Kyle and I continued to walk and saw a bunch of fireflies which was amazing! They looked like twinkling stars in a grassy field. Later, we sat on a bridge over the river here and looked at the stars and lightening that was lighting up the sky in the distance. It was quite spectacular. When we got back to the entrance of our place I got Kyle to give me a piggyback ride across the grass so I didn’t get attacked again. It was very kind of him to do that for me.


The next morning, Kyle and I set out to find breakfast, which just turned into a 3 hour hike but it involved so many great things. The trip began with a dog, who followed us from the first town right until the end of the trip. We stopped at a family’s house who was selling something (we had no clue what it was), though once she brought us an example, it was a popsicle-like thing and some kind of frozen juice in a bag. Kyle and I bought one of each; they were GREAT and also cooled us down on our walk. We got to the next part of town parched, so we bought some juice and I got a Pepsi. I love that they hand you the Pepsi in a bag with a straw. Once we were making our way back, still without finding a place for breakfast, we stopped at the river to dip our feet in and cool down. There were a million little minnows nibbling at our toes it was so neat! I stood in the middle of the river just letting the minnows nibble away… some of them were actually quite big, it tickled like crazy!


As we were walking back we asked a couple women sitting outside their house where to get some food, the woman who owned the place asked us to come in and she’d cook us up something! Everything was cooked over a fire stove and we played with the children after dinner. They were adorable and very interested in our digital camera. Oh, there was also a baby kitten there as well! As we went to pay, I gave the woman a 5 Lempiras tip. Her eyes widened when she realized I hadn’t made a mistake in the amount that I handed her, she was shocked that I wanted to tip her! 5 Lempiras is $0.28 Canadian. Breakfast/Lunch cost us under $7 for both of us. It was amazing that we got the chance to see directly where the money was going and it was an experience of a lifetime.

My Bucket List

Author: Kristi
  • Learn the dances of the world
  • See all the world wonders
  • Climb Kilimanjaro
  • Attend Carnival in Rio
  • Visit Iguaçu Falls
  • Go to the Amazon
  • Go to the Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Dive in Cenotes
  • Go skydiving
  • Go paragliding
  • See the Great Barrier Reef
  • Go to Timbuktu just to say I did
  • Volunteer in Africa
  • Go on an African Safari
  • See a whale shark
  • See a panda
  • Experience Zero Gravity
  • Heli-boarding
  • Set foot on all 7 continents
  • Climb Mount Aconcagua in Argentina
  • Become Famous
  • Partake in Japanese Tea Ceremony
  • Attend Burning Man, Nevada
  • Visit India
  • Attend the Love Parade, Germany
  • Learn to dive
  • Visit Matchu Pitchu
  • Go to the Galapagos
  • Run with the bulls
  • Ride a bull
  • Learn to ride a motorcycle
  • Climb an active volcano
  • Learn to sail
  • Visit the Nile
  • See the Pyramids in Egypt
  • See the iron throwing “fireworks”, China
  • Walk along the Great Wall of China
  • Be in China for Chinese new year
  • Go to Oktoberfest
  • Join a caravan in the Sahara
  • Ride a camel in Egypt
  • Visit the Salt Fields in Bolivia
  • Get married by Elvis then have it annulled (or not)
  • See the northern lights
  • Get a tattoo
  • Learn to sand board
  • Motorcycle across Canada
  • Get something named after myself
  • Donate blood
  • Go dog sledding
  • Ride a dune buggy
  • Learn to drift
  • ¼ mile race
  • Live with an African Tribe
  • Listen to the Dali lama speak
  • Go to the Thailand Vegetarian Festival
  • Fly in a hot air balloon
  • Use a fire extinguisher
  • Fire a gun
  • Stage Dive/ Body Surf
  • Black Water Rafting, New Zealand
  • Go spelunking
  • Take a submarine to the Titanic
  • Drive a hovercraft
  • Take a homeless person to dinner
  • Go to Antartica
  • Go to the Opera
  • Partake in a gameshow
  • Attend Mardi Gras
  • Visit Easter Island
  • Ride a donkey in Greece
  • Visit the Taj Mahal
  • Fall in love
  • See the Terracotta Warriors
  • Learn to wakeboard
  • Go to a nude beach
  • Visit the Sex Museum in Amsterdam
  • Live Life to the fullest

Paradise Island

Author: Kristi

We made our way from Zihuatanejo to San Pedro, it was a 36 hour trip. Once we arrived in San Pedro we quickly realized it was not the place for us. After staying one night in San Pedro we made an early departure to Caye Caulker. The second my foot hit the dock I knew I was where I should be. Kyle and I got settled at Tina’s Hostel, and then I made my way out for a walk. I got quite a bit of attention from the guys in town, and it was actually quite refreshing knowing what they were saying opposed to being in Mexico and having no clue. While I was on my walk I made friends with a local who pointed out some great spots for good eats and just good fun. He suggested I go to the Lazy Lizard for the sunset. Kyle and I proceeded to do so.


Once we got the Lazy Lizard we decided to go our separate ways, as it is easier to meet people that way. I was quickly noticed by an Aussie guy who brought me over to his group of friend he had made. We chatted for a while, made some other friends and headed back to the hostel for a few more drinks. It was a really amazing night. I became very close with one of the guys I met the night before, Erik, and we decided to do a tour together. We took the full day tour with Raggamuffin Tours (more…)