We are the Marincas-Bucy Family, Gregg (Daddy), Marlyn (Mama), Alex John (4.5 years old), and Gregorie Ann (3 years old). This blog will be the story of our 6 months spent traveling through Mexico and Central America. Please read along to follow us on our adventures, to find information about planning your own adventure, to get hints and ideas on traveling with small children, or to just daydream.
[Alex is now 7 and Gregorie is 5.5 , and our six months were spent. We are still reliving our adventures every day. And sharing them here. And dreaming of more... always dreaming...]

Sunday, January 30, 2011

La Fortaleza and the Full Moon -- Trujillo

Our first day at Casa Kiwi, we headed to town for lunch and visited the Fortaleza de Santa Barbara, a Spanish colonial fort constructed to defend the Bay from pirates.  Trujillo was founded in the early 16th century and was a port used to ship the silver and gold found in the interior back to Spain.  It was also an easy target for pirates, who eventually destroyed it.  Today the fort is some basic stone ruins, an art gallery, and a museum with colonial and Garifuna items.  We were met by a tour guide who gave the girls some corn husk dolls.  We later learned that he is not actually employed by the museum and is not exactly sane.   No matter, we had a pleasant time talking to him.

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After dinner and beers back at CK, we were delighted with a full moon over the Bay.

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Back to the beach

 From D&D at Lago de Yojoa we headed to Casa Kiwi in Trujillo.  There are many great tales to tell of the week we spent at that wonderful beachside oasis, but "a year ago today" was a travel day.  Pictures from the road, as we saw the sea for the first time in quite a while (I will calculate exactly how long and put it in the comments).

Friday, January 28, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Home brews and folk music in the garden

Our first stop in Honduras was at the D&D Brewery in Lake Yajoa.  We arrived 1/26/10, after a long day crossing the border, hitting traffic in Tegucigalpa, running into road construction, and finally dealing with sick kid (Gregorie and mango juice and driving curvy roads twice proofed a bad combo).  We checked into our comfortable room amidst the lush gardens only to not have hot water -- which only mattered because Gregorie had been sick!  Dale, the owner, did his best to fix our water heater but couldn't until the next day.  But he did make the poolside shower available and soon we were refreshed and ready for a pint of his fine ales!  After months of only pilsners we were psyched!  We ate a tasty dinner and drank more pints as the evening descended and the band began to play.

The next day Gregorie was determined to go in that pool, despite the cool and overcast weather.  Well, she was determined until she determined that the pool was not heated!

It's cold!
Really cold!
Alex checks it out.
Oh brother!  I TOLD her it's cold!
Like, THIS cold!
This is our buddy, Dillinger, a member of the wonderful staff at D&D.
The sun didn't come out that day but the girls never gave up hope on the pool...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Crossing into Honduras...

...is no easy matter, especially with an "expired" CA registration.

[post to come -- place holder]

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Drinks with friends in Esteli

We left Finca Nebline del Bosque

and headed back to Esteli for lunch with some friends we had made while at the finca.

The girls had a little tea party with a new friend
while we sampled the wares of Esteli.
Then we headed toward the border with Honduras, spending one final night in Nica.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

Still in Esteli

When you travel by private vehicle for 6 months, once in a while you need to do some maintenance, like an oil change!
We bought the handmade dolls in a small shop next door to the garage.
Across the street from the garage was the baseball stadium (Nicas love baseball as much as futbal!) with a grand mural.
Outside of town, you can find the crop that supports the economy -- and almost guess you were in the SE US!  Yes, it's tobacco.  Esteli makes some of the worlds finest cigars.
Along the way, leaving Costa Rica, we had decided on the lookout pony and an old man in Esteli sold us some cleansing sage.
But we still never escaped the reach of Disney.
Here is our cabin
At Cuallitlan Hotel.
Which had beautiful gardens, full of bamboo.
And, beer.  And these photos just make me laugh.

Headed to bed, with the new doll...

Thursday, January 20, 2011