Saw the ruins

Hah! Finally got to see the damned ruins. Lisa's persistent fever dropped after the seventh day in Copán and we ventured out to see the Mayan ruins which are located only a short walk outside of town. The ruins themselves are good fun to explore on your own and you are for some reason allowed to climb many of the millennium old buildings. I guess the buildings survived the elements for so long that the caretakers figured a few tourists wouldn't do much of a difference. The weather was hot and sunny, unlike the previous couple of cloudy and rainy days, and that obviously added a extra pleasantness to the tour. Our guide book described many of the ancient buildings and statues and we hope that it justified not spending $25 on a guide. We also had the opportunity of walking through some of the ancient tunnels beneath the complex, but were too stingy to spend the extra $15 per person. A krone sparet is a krone tjent, as we say in Jutland...


Wasting time in Copán

Being absolutely battered after surfing we headed for San Salvador once again and the plan was to stay one night before heading north towards the border. I caught myself a fever so we ended up staying in San Salvador for 4 nights before being able to function normally. We went by bus to La Palma, a very northern mountain town with great views. This place was really cozy and after battling mosquitoes for two nights we pulled ourselves together to visit the great unknown Honduras. Wasn't that bad really as even the border police was nice. We were ultimately heading for Copán Ruinas, a small mountain town in western Honduras very close to the Guatemalan border.

To get there we had to go by five different buses and there are absolutely no information available on the bus terminals. But people are nice if you seem lost and are always willing to point you in the right direction. The trip itself was very scenic and prettier than the mountain roads in El Salvador, so we enjoyed the bumpy ride and shot some photos out the window.


City of barbed wire

As mentioned before Los Angeles was quite a different experience compared to Southeastern Asia, especially when it comes to prices. For four days we went to touristy places like the Hollywood sign, Universal Studios, Hollywood Boulevard and Rodeo Drive to mingle with the celebrities, which there were none of. However, we saw a few when going to the cinema as there was a premiere on a standard Hollywood comedy/romance flick which got horrible reviews immediately after the release.

We were to fly out of Los Angeles at 1:30 AM so we were quite disappointed to see the enormous line of people outside the check-in building a few hours before takeoff. The disappointment was soon gone when we, at the gate, found out that our tickets had been upgraded to business class, so we had a decent sleep after a few free drinks and woke up to a nice breakfast 6 hours later. Thank you, Taca Airlines. The people squeezed together on monkey class probably didn't feel the same way, though.


From Pakse, Laos to Los Angeles

The trip back to Pakse included spending half of the minibus drive with a huge iguana, which the driver suddenly bought from a roadside vendor. Slightly weird. We found a decent hotel in town and went by motorbike the next day to see the Angkor ruins this area is famous for. The ruins themselves were ridiculously small compared to Angkor Wat to the south but the nature in the area was quite nice so we enjoyed our little road trip including the two ferry rides across Mekong river.

The following day we went by bus to Ubon Ratchathani across the border to Thailand. Immediately after crossing the border we rediscovered how civilized Thailand really is compared to it's neighbors with nicely paved roads, well maintained buildings and generally less trash in the streets.