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Mingling with Mayans in Guatemala


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Our visit in Honduras didn’t last that long, because on our way to the Bay Islands we decided to head north instead of east, so we ended up in Livingston, Guatemala instead. Livingston is not reachable by any roads, so after getting to Puerto Barrios after a hideous whole day bus journey and border crossing, we took a boat over the windy waters.

When we arrived in Livingston it was again like arriving in a totally different country. Actually,it was like arriving on a different continent! This is one of the homes of the Garífuna people, descendants of African slaves that were brought to the Bay Islands (Honduras coast) after revolting on the St Vincent island in the caribbean. From there they spread all over the coast, also to Nicaragua and Belize. When integrating with locals and all kinds of other ship wrecked monkeys they gradually developed their own culture and even their own language. And that language is weird, I tell you. They speak English as well, but it is this cool caribbean ’jah man’-english, so it feels a lot like the caribbean here. They also have this Garífuna music which involves alot of drums and blowing in sea shells. It almost feels like we’re in Africa, with a carribean twist.

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This is in the town center

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This is where we stayed

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So we have had a really change of culture here in Livingston. The weather was pretty crap in the beginning, but after that we have managed to mingle some with the locals and check out the local disco down by the beach. There was some serious body movements there, these African people really know how to shake that body. No way we would have even dared to enter the dance floor. We also did a walk down the beach to this place where they have several water falls, The Seven Altars they are called.

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We also got to visit the local health clinic as Mickus managed to get his eye infected. We entered this room where a nurse was sitting and we enquired about a doctor to look at his eye. ”There is no eye doctor here, this is the Malaria section”.

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