|Spanish Fort entrance Lake Izabal|
|Spring is on its way|
Yes it has been a very long break away from SHAMAL this time round, but we are now back on the Rio Dulce, Guatemala, and SHAMAL is about to be put back in the water at long last.
We departed New Zealand on the evening of 24th January and flew to Houston, then on to Newark to visit with our family and see the Grandchildren again. On the 6th February we flew down to Miami, then on to San Pedro Sula in Honduras. This airport is closer to the Rio Dulce than Guatemala City. We had booked a shuttle to take us from the airport directly to the Marina, a trip which is done frequently by this company. We were to be met at the airport by one of those guys holding up a sign with our name on. Ha Ha. Something went wrong as he had been double booked, we found out later. Having no phone contact with the company, we were able to email them to be told, don’t worry, someone is coming. Two long hours later a woman arrived in her own 4x4 to take us – well that is what we thought. Off we set. About an hour into the drive she pulls off the highway and informs us that this is as far as she is going. Well that is what we think she said as she only spoke Spanish, and our Spanish is less than limited!! We are to wait and someone else will take us. Thank goodness she did not just leave us on the side of the road. We sat for another hour in her 4x4 till the next driver arrived in his minivan. This is when we found out about the double booking. The company had forgotten to inform him of our arrival. Oh well never mind – all part of life’s little adventures.