I took advantage of the quiet morning after New Year’s Eve to do some exploring while the rest of this island was still asleep (hungover?).
I spent the afternoon relaxing on the dock of Cafe Mariposa, one of my secret spots on the island. The restaurant had recently closed so the dock behind it was the perfect spot for me to read and relax without disruption. Cliche vacation picture? Maybe, but notice the blood blister on the top of my second toe. Yes, I’ve been running!
Francesco and I took an afternoon walk to explore the lava tubes along one side of the island coast.
I also did an evening run to celebrate the New Year. 10 miles for 2010! The running in Utila was great. I found a dirt road that followed the coast and made a four mile loop back into town and another one that was a six mile loop. It was great to run on a soft surface and the views were amazing! Unfortunately, the shoes I bought when US Airways lost my suitcase turned out not to be the best fit for me so by this time in the trip I was definitely starting to feel some discomfort in my joints. Back to PT once I get home!
Francesco and I both fell in love with the Super Baleadas (This needs to be said in a certain voice to convey full effect. If you run into me at home, I’ll happily demonstrate for you!) that were sale at many of the comedors on the island. For a few dollars, you got a huge tortilla stuffed with scrambled eggs, black beans, sour cream, cheese, onions and hot sauce. They were amazing and something I’m going to continue to make once I get home.
The crazy Swedes definitely took their partying seriously. They were a ton of fun and were always up to some sort of adventure. Here’s Simon enjoying a rum and coke:
Don’t be fooled by the shirt though! When they do something especially outrageous they tell people they are from Switzerland so as to not give Sweden a bad name!