Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Honduras - Day 4

I know I said I was going to take the day off. Well... I didn't do any diving.

After my morning activities (last post), I played some basket ball...

hunted down some hummers

went down an awesome 10-run zip line
one of the vistas from our zip-line tour
and went horseback riding.

A relaxing day.

This exemplifies how I saw Roatan today
The best part of the day was that I started to get a real sense of what Roatan is like. It's easy to get stuck in the resort mentality. Everything is easy and you're the king of the world. They try to provide everything you need. But, it's not a real place. Roatan is earthy. The people swear with equal facility in English and Spanish and they are friendly. Sadly, its a bit forced. There is a real need to be friendly with people who are responsible for virtually your entire economy. I'd rather be visiting as an equal.

As it turns out, this entire island is much like I first observed on the ride from the airport to the resort. Nothing is close together. It is an endless stream of villages that have their own names, but islanders treat it all like one city. They are proud of their identity, protect the tourists and are apprehensive of the mainland. We have been warned repeatedly to be careful. The mainland doesn't see remotely the tourist dollars that the islands do. It will be interesting to see if their warnings are warranted.

Something I've learned about myself is that I don't need my vacation to be easy and I don't need it to be far off. Both of those things are nice, to a degree, but I just need time to not be responsible for anything.