Monday, March 23, 2009

Ditch the Ditch

the cruise and most of the ports we visited had certain moments of beauty while overall the cruise was fantastic...little periods of reality like watching people starve and the poverty around us made me wish for the comforts and luxuries of home where I am safe and happy... this was certainly eye opening and made both us appreciate even more what we have.

Our last cruise we spent 14 days crossing the Panama Canal from Florida back to LA. One of the stops was Nicaragua and although I knew it was a poor country and the volcano and city tour was practically downtown San Juan Del Sur... neither my hubby or I were prepared for the high level of poverty, people living in ditches, starving horses and mules wasting away in the hot sun and most shocking of all... little kids begging for money, selling molded nuts while wearing little to no clothes. of course the city was beautiful for it's architecture, cuisine, our tour guide, the active volcano and the church/museum we visited but while we walked and tried to admire what was in front of us we could not move past the flock of kids trying to sell us something, the poverty we had seen, the dirt and the constant echo of " signora, ceramico?"

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