Interacting with people who have different backgrounds definitely helps you open your eyes and mind. Not only making your trip more fun, but it helps your life itself richer.
I often eat with my Couch Surfing host or other travellers. Sometimes I travel with them. Couch Surfing have helped me to know how local people live and what they see their life as well. And most importantly, it has told me how people can be nice to strangers.
Me, my friend Heidi and our host Adrian. We went sightseeing in Palenke.
There were so many valuable encounter with people during my trip in Central America as well as South America. Each encounter was memorable and I would love to introduce who I met and what I did with each of them, but I met too many people to mention one by one.. Please accept my apology to skip explaining now.
However I cannot write my trip story in Central America without mentioning about Heidi from Finland.
I met her throug Couch Surfing in Mexico. We were staying at the same house and we totally got along. We shared so many stories, cultural difference between Japan and Finland, our travel experience, our values etc. Not only exploring new places, but getting to know or getting along with somebody during a trip is one of the best moments in our life.
Me and Heidi had somewhat a similar travel schedule. We met in San Cristbal de las Casas and headed to the next destination, Palenke, on the same day. Again, we stayed together.
Having spended a couple of days together, I headed to Guatemala as I had originally planned while Heidi decided to stay in Mexico.
Now let me talk back to my travel story. In Guatemala, there is a huge Mayan ruin named Tikal. I have read a travel book that says Tikal is marvelous. So I was dreaming of seeing the view.
Finally I got a chance to see it and yes... the view was beyond description. Once you visit there, you can find how strong power the Maya people had and you would be surprised realizing the long history of civilization.
Also I went to Belieze, a small country located next to Guatemala. I must say the country is not so popular in general, but it is well known by scuba divers. The country has a beautiful diving spot called the Belize Barrier Reef. "Scuba Diving at the Belize Barrier Reef" was in my backet list for a long while. So I stopped by this small country using local buses from Guatemala.
Used school bus from the US is their transportation local bus in Belieze.
I missed the beach view and atmosphere. It was so relaxing and just gorgeous. The Belieze Barrier Reef was mystical.
After visiting these countries, I headed to Cancun, Mexico. My friend, Heidi, also headed to Cancun on the same day, which was a lucky coincidence. She was going to stay at her friend's place. She was sweet enough to ask her friend if I can also stay with them. Lucky me, I was accepted :)
Here, some surprise happened... Our host, Robert's house was like my dream house. Specious rooms, a huge yard with a swimming pool, and most importantly, happy family were there. It was the best house that I had seen in my life and I thought "my dream is right in front of me now."
I had a wonderful time with my host Robert, his family and Heidi. We had fabulous meals together.
OMG, I miss it!!! Robert used to work as a chef. His dishes are fabulous!
Spending nice moments with great people under the sunshine in Cancun taught me that a life should be enjoyenable.
We can choose our life. Our future is like a white cambus. We can be whatever we want. We can do whatever we want. It has been only 1 month since I started my trip, but I have already learned something valuable through this experience. It gave me such a strong impact. I still remember the moment.
Here I added some more pictures in Central America. Mexico is such a colorful and fun place.
After having had such precious time, I headed to my main destination of this trip, South America.