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August 24th, 2007 – by: casey_bee
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.
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.
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.
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....
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