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Carol Perkins: Cruise 2017 - Part II
Visit in Honduras took already adventurous diners into whole new territory, including a delicacy some had ever tasted in Metcalfe County, fried iguana, but not Carol.
Next earlier Carol Perkins column: Carol Perkins: Cruise 2017
By Carol Perkins
Continuing from last week's adventure, thirteen of us ladies boarded the Carnival Dream on Sunday afternoon. What is quite interesting about this group is that few of them knew exactly where we were going, how many days at sea or in port we would be, or when we would return. They were a trusting group.
On board the ship and standing on our adjoining balconies, we were happy to be on the high sea. Our first stop was on Roatan, Honduras. Nothing there would entice me to return; signs of extreme poverty overwhelmed us. Our tour took us to a beach stop where native dancers (who seemed bored) entertained us, and local ladies demonstrated bread making over an open fire, which was basically slapping a flat piece of cornbread with a bamboo leaf. Many bought the bags of broken pieces of bread for two dollars because of guilt or hunger-not sure which one. We visited an iguana farm and later some tried fried iguana. Not me.
In Belize, our tour took us through much of the same devastation. Possibly there were resort areas lining the beautiful water, but not in our view. The most memorable stop was at a chocolate factory (a small business where the factory was upstairs and the retail downstairs). We climbed the stairs, went gaga over all the chocolate bars (5 for $20), and gathered in chairs for an explanation of how the bars were made. Noticing a bowl of chocolate beans on the counter, two of the ladies popped a couple in their mouth and almost gagged from the bitterness. No wonder. The beans were still in the hulls! We could barely pay attention for giggling about the bean eaters.
The final stop was Cozumel, which looked like paradise compared to the other two ports. Judy and I did not plan to stay in town very long because we had been there several times and bought too much jewelry we didn't need each time. However, once off the ship and teamed up with four other we made a day of it.
The first store clerks "talked us into buying" silver jewelry. All six of us circled the twenty- dollar table. Then we took a cab to the business area and found the store we had shopped in two years ago. Among the six of us, we bought some lovely pieces, and the owner offered to give us a free van tour of the island. Our time didn't allow for that, so they guided us to a very nice restaurant with a mariachi band, and we couldn't have had more fun. Then the owner drove us back to the port. Before boarding the ship, I suddenly decided I needed one more piece of luggage. (Continue next week)
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