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Mar 9, 2010 - EMPTY NEST

Just before animal feeding time, we bid Sharmini, Joe, Sean, and Rob a farewell as they are heading to Tikal (largest Mayan ruins in the world). Given the heat, and the fact that I’ve been to Angkor Wat (and what could top that?), I decline. I will miss my buds. In true Joe form, the boat leaves at 7am to take them into town. He slams our bedroom door shut at 7:02. Bless him. He is the cousin, at the family reunion, who’s always up for a laugh and who knows where the extra booze is kept. The morning routine is upheld, devoid of the giggles...

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Mar 8, 2010 - SLOWBURN

Surprisingly, I am still in the bird cage. Remember, we are supposed to move every 5 days. I will speak to Alejandro about this. Nothing new with the birds, expect for my tolerance for their early morning calls. Breakfast is corn flakes. Under normal circumstances, this wouldn’t register as a bad option. Add a cup of warm, powdered milk and see how you stomach the idea. Joe’s entertaining monologue steals me away from my own reality. As I load up on water for my Starbucks (yes, another of those mornings), I see a frying pan of eggs about...

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Mar 7, 2010 - Painful Sunday

6:50 rolls around and I spend the next ten minutes disproving it’s arrival. I am not so hung over as I am physically paralyzed by last night’s activities. What the hell were we thinking given the day ahead? Of course, hanging around with a bunch of twenty year olds, rolling out of bed after a bender is a tender art form. I don’t remember much of birdland. I do notice, however, that they stop squawking when they see me, which warms me. As I dwell on the profound nature of my relationship to these birdies, two of them go in for a bite. The...

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Mar 6, 2010 - Saturday Night...and our drink is on!!!

I wake up this morning to the best news ever. Matt and Anna are leaving us for a week of self-indulgent cuddling in neighbouring Belize. They leave tomorrow. Smiles abound. This morning’s bird sounds annoys me beyond reason. A huge part of me can’t wait to be moved…scratch that…ALL of me cannot wait. Matt locks me in my room again. When I bring this to his attention, he walks away without a breath of apology. Being before my first coffee of the day, I refuse to utter the words brewing in my head. I may create an irreparable rift between...

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Mar 5, 2010 - Swimming with Crocs

I forgot how much I love falling asleep to the sound of crickets, cicadas, geckos, and the swell of sweet breeze surrounding my resting head. I am fully used to sleeping underneath my mosquito net, though the obsessive prep for a suspected nightly scorpion showdown is getting to be quite draining. Shockingly, the 6:30 (okay, the 6:50) wake-up is getting to be quite pleasant. It must be the fact there is a structure to my day. Back in Toronto, I rarely have 2 days the same. Though this changeability keeps me on my toes, I realize that I am...

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Mar 4, 2010 - Transformative Shower

Getting up early is definitely getting easier by the day. I find I really enjoy this time of day when I am expected to be somewhere for someone else, but lack the discipline to create such early mornings for myself. I really must change this. After brushing my teeth, and giving my feet a pleasant wash, I head to the quarantine to receive instruction. I have been placed on bird duty by myself. Sadly, I have little personal attachment to the breed, but happy to pull my weight. In addition, there are no baby monkeys at the moment, so my hopes...

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Mar 3, 2010 - Aunty Malaria

I think the last time I went to bed before midnight, the Blue Jays posed a threat. It is such an odd sensation, that I spend most of the night pondering it. At 4:00AM, an unearthly roar has me jumping out of sleep, clinging to my mosquito netting. My mind races to fill in the visual description of its source. I imagine saber tooth tigers, Jurassic Park, Rita McNeill before breakfast. It is terrifying due to its intensity and relative proximity. As I am sharing my room with a group of 22 year old males, my ego spares me of speaking up with...

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Mar 2, 2010 - Tikal - Day Trip

Made arrangements w/ San Juan Tours thru Dona Goya Hostel #1 yesterday for pickup and return - 60q ($8 US ea). Bus came at 5am we arr at park 7am and spent next 5 1/2 hours touring the site...spread out and huge temples etc. lots of jungle...very nice since we could go up just about all the ruins thus far uncovered. See pics. It was also very nice since it was overcast all day so very pleasant walking and climbing temples...altho jungle shades most of the pathways anyway. Tikal Info We met folks from Australia, Portland, Seattle, Canada, &...

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Mar 2, 2010 - The Jungle Tread Begins

Oddly, given that I am the polar opposite of a morning person, I awaken an hour shy of my 5:00 am alarm. In fact, it takes me a good 15 minutes to realize that it’s the case before claiming my 45 minute snooze. I resist the urge to shower, and pack my, mostly unpacked, backpack. Victor, my loyal driver, sits in the living room, watching the tellie. “Gud moanin’ Chris.” “Buenos Dias, Senior.” This becomes the extent of our conversation during the 8 minute drive to the airport. It is now 5:40 am and the airport is packed…Pearson at...

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Mar 1, 2010 - Flores, Guatemala

Head for Guatemala after numerous calls to Log Cab Inn to contact Ralph & Mary and no answer...wierd for a tourist place (esp one relying most on reservations-out in country)! Across the border by 9 am, bus waiting to Flores...always confusion for me at borders, changing currency, getting transport, back to Spanish, etc. Arr in Sta Elena bus station & walk 1 1/2 km to Hospedaje Doña Goya (hostel) dorm, very large, open, fans, 2nd floor so breezy (when there is one). Now noon we eat, Bon goes to explore, I head back to hostel for nap (my...

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Jan 31, 2010 - OBITUARY 2

At 1000 hrs on 31st January 2010, Snapper Jnr tragically passed away. Snapper Jnr had recently lost his big brother in a freak diving accident in the Caribbean. Only days later the rather diminutive Snapper Jnr was on assignment in the Guatemala jungle when he was overwhelmed by flash floods. Despite valiant efforts from his owner to revive him he was declared dead at the scene. The owner, Mr Button, was still in shock at the time of writing, but did issue the following statement; “Two bloody cameras in the space of three days! Two bloody...

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Jan 29, 2010 - Tikal

Friday we visited Tikal. It was about an hour’s bus ride north of Flores. The closer we got the more the jungle closed in on us. The park that encompasses Tikal covers more than 300 sq miles and is much like one of our National Parks. They are trying to keep everything as pristine as possible. We walked many miles through the jungle from temple to temple, plaza to plaza and to be honest there is no way to convey the magnitude and grander of this astonishing place in one small e-mail. Here is a clip from a travel brochure. Within the Tikal...

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Route of the Maya

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