Yes, I've been back home in Amsterdam for nearly a month and haven't posted anything since but I still have a couple of things to write about from my trip. I can warn you already now that like this one, my upcoming posts will be in a slight random order. So lets kick off this catch up with a food post from Manila. Yep I left the Philippines about 3 months ago...
Manila is a city no one you meet will say anything good about. I on the other hand was very pleasantly surprised but I stayed in a very new and upmarket part of the city and pretty much didn't leave this area. So my recommendation if you find yourself in Manila then head to the Bonifacio area if you do like good food and shopping....
Only spent just under two weeks in Honduras and half of that time was spent at the Bay Islands which is a bit of a different world compared to mainland Honduras. Out on the islands there is a bit of mass-tourism going on while not many travelers actual travel mainland. Part of me feels I should have spent some more time in the country but another part of me feels the two weeks were enough. So not really sure how I feel about the country even if I left two weeks ago...
I felt very tempted to take the affordable tourist shuttle bus from Antigua in Guatemala to Copan Ruinas in Honduras when I woke up the morning after I had come back from the hike up Acatenango. Sorry to go on about my hike, promise this is the last time I mention it! This would have been a 6-7 hour door to door trip in a mini van, costing me USD 20. But what is the fun in that? I knew I wouldn't save a ton of cash doing this trip on local buses but on the other hand I knew I would have to force myself to practice my Spanish that has taken five steps back since I left Mexico a few months ago. I also knew I would miss out on some fun experiences along the way, not all experiences are fun when it actually happens but after a few days you can laugh about anything. So I pulled up my maps.me app to check what option I had on roads leading to the border and where it would be logical to change buses to avoid going through the massive Guatemala City.
In my previous post you can read about my experience on doing the challenging hike up Acatenango. It's a challenging heavy hike were you carry all your stuff yourself, unless you with a tour operator that offers porters but then you also pay for that porter. I would say that having a porter also takes away a bit of the fun and challenge, I would even call it cheating. You sleep in tents and don't expect any five star meals but after a few hours of hiking any food taste delicious. Here are some more practical facts and tips on doing this overnight hike.
I'm in pain and I probably look like a 90 year old woman in need of a walking stick when I'm going down stairs. I'm nowhere in the shape I were a year ago but I still consider myself as kind of fit compared to the average person. That's why it pains me to say that hiking the Acatenango volcano in Guatemala was by far the toughest hike I ever done and at one point I nearly turned around. But stubbornness and the risk of losing my pride got me to the top. This post will be about my own experience, here is a separate post on some dos & don'ts...
I managed to stay in summer and spring like weather for over a year but then I got the brilliant idea of going to a freezing cold and snowy Canada for a couple of weeks. After all it's not that of a big detour flying up there first on the way to Guatemala instead of going straight from Mexico. Ok, that's a tiny lie, but hey it was good timing to go and see Canadian Boy one more time before heading south in Central America and then finally return to Amsterdam. So again I went to the small town of Edson two hours outside Edmonton and that's how I found myself go ice fishing for the first time in my whole life...
I had three weeks in Mexico and left already two and a half weeks ago and still I haven't done a single post about it... Lazy, that's what I call that so here we go, felt I had to to write at least something and sorry to be repetitive but this will be another one about food. But as you know, food is one of the best things in life!!! This time I will tell you what to eat, not where to eat when not eating tacos in Mexico.
I decided that it was time for a career break. So handed in my notice to the company who I worked with for the last ten years. It's time to pack my bag and depart from Amsterdam which been my home town for the last 4.5 years. -"Amsterdam, it's not you it's me and I need a break!". Read more
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