Utila has a great nightlife scene, with many options for a night out on the town. We were told to check out Treetanic, a bar that reminded me a lot of Gaudi’s work in Barcelona. It was designed by an American artist who now lives in Utila. We stopped there one night with Morris, a friend of Francesco’s who he met while traveling in Belize and who ended up in Honduras at the same time as us. It’s amazing what a small world the backpacker scene is in Central America. I was only there for three weeks but still kept running into people I had met in other countries! With Francesco traveling for 6 months, he was constantly seeing people he had met along the way.
I had to go back during the day and see Treetanic again! It was definitely one of my favorite spots of the trip.
On New Year’s Eve there was a huge power outage to the island. There were no generators and the entire island was without electricity for almost three hours. We were just giving up on having a hot dinner (sounds like Christmas, right?) when we found Zanzibar Cafe. They were making dinner on a grill in front of the restaurant and we were treated to a candlelight dinner of grilled tuna, baked potatoes, salad, and toast that hit the spot!
The Swedes (Tommie, Andreas and Simon) we had met on the bus from Guatemala to Honduras even walked by and stopped to serenade us while we enjoyed our dinner:
We celebrated New Year’s at Coco Loco Bar which was built on a dock extending into the water. The bar was built on two levels and both were packed. I ventured up to the top level to take a picture but didn’t spend too much time there. It was a bit rickety and when people were dancing it swayed, making me feel like I might spend New Year’s being dumped unceremoniously into the sea!
At midnight, there fireworks over the water.
One of the highlights of the night was running into the island doctor:
He went to a DO school in the United States and is now living the good life in Utila. I even saw him take emergency call on a golf cart! I have to admit, it made me start thinking about retirement!
Francesco continued with his heroic ways and this time rescued a damsel in distress whose chain dropped off her bike: