We awoke the next morning at one of the most beautiful ports, I've seen.
The port itself was very small and you can clearly see the surrounding town and countryside.
As we exited the protected port area, the sales pitches began. "We'll take you here or there for cheaper", "Don't support the rich, help the real people of Honduras".
It was heartbreaking that they were out there begging the "rich Americans" for anything that they could get.
This being our third stop on this trip, we were getting used to this.
They are a very religious island. The main religion is Penticostal with Catholic a close second. Having grown up in the Penticostal church, I know that it is filled with a lot of rules for life. And the list of dos and don'ts are mainly just don'ts. Like in Belize, the average daily wage is very low and again the lucky ones are the people that work in the tourism field. While we certainly don't see ourselves as rich, in their eyes, we have more than they will ever need.
"The real voyage of discovery consist not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." - Marcel Proust
Having traveled quite a bit in my life, I have learned though, these people don't seek to have what I have. For the most part, they don't understand why we even want all the "stuff" that we have. I have learned that I can visit these areas, compensate those that help me to obtain what I am looking for and leave the rest as I have found it. Along the way, I take it all in, with an understanding of how things are done elsewhere from my home.
And as Robert Louis Stevenson said; "There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign."
So we started mingling more. That's when I was finally able to get the chance to catch up with Jason and deMarco who were the headlining singers on the ship. It was their personal invitation that got me to take this trip in the first place. Being celebrities, they were constantly surrounded with groupies and it was nice to finally have a few minutes alone with them on the beach to catch up on everything that's been going on in all of our lives since we last saw each other.
After catching up, we made our way out to enjoy some of that Caribbean Sea at our feet. The warm salt water and air are quite a contrast to here at home.
Then the waiter suggested that we hit the pool. Well, we didn't see a pool. So we asked where that was and we were informed that we passed it on the way in.
It turns out that the fancy reflecting pool with all the waterfalls, is the pool.
Feeling completely rejuvenated and refreshed, we did just that.
Thanks for and amazing day.
The sun setting in the West and the storm coming in from the East created a beautiful end to a great day.
After everyone was back on board and we left the port, we could see the storm hitting the island where we were just at. I think the captain had it in Hyperdrive to get us out of there before it got rough.