Monster Mosquito Jungle

Well, I know it’s overstating it a little bit but they are big and mean here. And I got bitten a lot today while we were on our way through the rain forest in the rain and yesterday on our way through a coffee plantation. I was holding on to Anton’s hand because it was slippery and those b*** b*** bit my fingers. Even though we use protection sprays and all, Anton’s forehead looks like a Klingon.
Enough ranting. It was beautiful. I never tasted fresh coffee beans before and had no idea they tasted sweet. The flowers were magnificent and birds sang beautifully. The area is a known spot for bird watchers and even though we didn’t see that many we heard a lot singing.
On our way through the plantation we met two park rangers who were happy to direct us and tell us which way to go and which ways would be good to walk with our niño Antonio. I am so glad Rainer’s Spanish is good enough to carry a conversation. I really hope I’ll get the opportunity to learn it better.

Today we went to a Lenca site which isn’t excavated yet. There are more than 40 known sites that still need excavation, temples and housing. Again we met a park ranger on our way through the forrest. And again it felt like he was very happy to show us gringos his park, countryside and wildlife. He directed us to look at things, showed us which hill actually was a Lenca ruin and gave us some broken pieces of Lenca pottery to look at which I assume they sometimes find when maintaining the park. Anton got to hold it in his hand. The ranger also lend us his binoculars to look through which Anton really liked. It started raining again and again while we were on our way but that didn’t really matter. Like in Palenque, Anton hiked with us for a good while. It’s amazing how much he can walk when there is so much to see and take in. We saw lake Yojoa from a platform and got to see a couple of birds in the swamp. The views towards the mountains in the clouds is breathtaking.
A couple of travellers we met went hiking today. There is an American staying at the D&D brewery at the moment who takes guests on hiking trips. He goes out exploring the small villages, asks for known waterfalls or interesting sights, asks permission for crossing properties and makes up hikes to places where he is the first white person people have seen. After a while some of the owners even cut paths through their property so hikers can walk there safely.
You can see people lead simple lives here. Houses are simple and rather small. The side of the rode is often littered with garbage. There is no official garbage collection. If you want someone to come it isn $25 US a month which is a lot for many people here. So they burn it in their back yard, people from the D&D tell us. Even though we find it painfully slow sometimes it’s fun to hear that the brewery has its own Internet connection, right from the tower. Life here definitely here is different.

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