Copan Ruinas

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The Garden of the Ruins...
    The problem with getting too comfortable in one place while traveling is that you a) never want to move on, because travel is hard work, and b) you have nothing to really write about but lots of time to do it.  So, I left Utila and moved across the country from one traveler's mecca to another, but what's a guy gonna do?  We connected in San Pedro Sula, the second largest city in the country, and after about 7 hours of winding up and down the hilly terrain, thick with lush green jungle and flowing, muddy rivers, we arrived in Copan Ruinas, the town connected wth the Copan Maya Site, one of the best and more interesting in the area.
Ruins and Vines...
 
    On the bus I met several other travelers, naturally, and struck up conversation with them.  It always amazes me how many religous Americans one meets on busses around the world, strangely, usually in christian countries.  Perhaps they feel there is more chance that they'll convert them from idolotrus catholicism to moderate protistantism that going to, say, mongolia and conveting the tribesmen from their shamanism to something totally different.  Anyhow, the couple, Sarah and Drew are some sort of sect that is suppose to unite missionarys all over the world into one denomenation.  That sounded more like a group than a sect, so I asked Drew if there were specific dogmas and rules connected with them in particular, like, for instance, the status of gay marrage; I know that some progressive churches leave it up to the local church itself to decide, which you would imagine a church who's intent is to unite missionaries would also follow, but no, said Drew, gay marrage is a sin and not allowed in any of these churches.
Er, ruins i guess..
  Probably for the best, I mean, i've heard that heathens eat missionaries and those gay couples wouldn't want to get devoured like the god fearing straight missionaries. 
    As much as I didn't really care for their religion, the couple was nice enough, and it turns out that he is the singer/guitar player in his church in Colorado when he's there, but is learning spanish for a few months in Guatemala, and the couple was on Utila for a bit of R&R (I hate that phrase).  We talked for most of the trip, I talking about the medieval theologians while his eyes glazed over, and he about the goings on of the message of good news while my eyes glazed over.  All in all it made the trip go faster and we had a drink that night with a couple from Chicago who were also on the bus.
More ruins...
 
    I stayed at cafe/hotel/bar/lounge ViaVia, which despite it's good reviews, left me with a slew of red bumps on my shoulders this morning--probably not bed bugs, but who knows what they might be.  I'm not overly worried and they don't itch, so i'm just going to stick it out there...what do you expect for 10 bux a night.  I woke up at 7am and after a 'tipical' breakfast (eggs, cheese, avacado, toast, frijoles, and sour cream) I went to the ruins. 
    What can you say about ruins.  Wow, majestic, beautiful, inspiring, but to be honest it's kind of muted on me after the number of these sites I've been to (india alone!), and so I was more interested in the wonky guy from california (i'm assuming.
gotta love those ruins...
..I never spoke to him) who was first meditating and then spinnng and spinning until he fell over, repeatedly, in front of the pyramid.  At 830am.  I got the impressoin that he a) is there every day and b) has just read the celestine prophesy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Celestine_Prophecy
Someone once gave me this book, it was a nice gesture, but I just felt, after reading it, to ask the person who gave it to me if they wanted, in giving this book to me, to subtly let me know I was a moron, or was just betraying that same fact about themselves.  Regardless, this guy made me a bit happy and a bit depressed, all at once, and I made may way out, and hiked down a 2km nature trail, where i ran into an agouti http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_agouti and several spiders and many many butterflies.  I also chilled out at a Ceiba tree http://www.palabravirtual.com/bartolome/pics/vycjalcm.jpg before coming back to town.  Just going to relax this afternoon, and then probably off to Guatemala tomorrow....

So long!

C.
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The Garden of the Ruins...
The Garden of the Ruins...
Ruins and Vines...
Ruins and Vines...
Er, ruins i guess..
Er, ruins i guess..
More ruins...
More ruins...
gotta love those ruins...
gotta love those ruins...
I think this is a squirll
I think this is a squirll
Im not sure what this guy is doin…
I'm not sure what this guy is doi…
Cough
Cough
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Squawk
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SquawkSquawkSquawk
Some steps...youd think theyd ke…
Some steps...you'd think they'd k…
Experimenting with colour...
Experimenting with colour...
Yeah sepia always looks good...
Yeah sepia always looks good...
Shadow fun
Shadow fun
The colour really is that good in …
The colour really is that good in…
shadow
shadow
Cebia tree
Cebia tree
god love the self timer...
god love the self timer...
Cat.
Cat.
Cat with no flash....
Cat with no flash....
my hotel
my hotel
my hotel
my hotel
i just missed the hummingbirds dri…
i just missed the hummingbirds dr…
nice eh?
nice eh?
i just liked the colour of the bot…
i just liked the colour of the bo…
everywhere in honduras looks like …
everywhere in honduras looks like…
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