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A trip to Sanibel Island

We visited Sanibel Island for only about three hours and we loved it. Though it is a little overprized it offers you an incredible atmosphere…

- Isabell –

Isabell (© 2014 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell (© 2014 Bernd Neeser)
Bernd (© 2014 Isabell Gernert)
Bernd (© 2014 Isabell Gernert)
   


Activities in and around Sarasota

Far away from entertaining Orlando we spent some quiet days on the west coast of Florida.

In Sarasota we took a kayaking tour in the shallow waters of the bay. With local tour guide Scott and only four other participants it was a fun experience. The highlight was paddeling through mangrove tunnels with its millions of tiny black crabs.

In the afternoon we made a short visit to the No. 1 beach of the USA – Siesta Key! The relaxing atmosphere with some snacks and bird watching was heavily interrupted by the daily 5 o’clock thunderstorm that we still had to get used to.

During our trip we heard and saw Florida’s oldest inhabitant only from the distance. By visiting the Myaka State Park we were hoping for a close encounter – with the American alligator. And as you can see – we were pretty lucky…

- Isabell -

Isabell kayaking through mangroves at Sarasota (© 2014 Isabell Gernert)
Isabell kayaking through mangroves at Sarasota (© 2014 Isabell Gernert)
The branches of the mangroves were full of little crabs (© 2014 Bernd Neeser)
The branches of the mangroves were full of little crabs (© 2014 Bernd Neeser)
See the cool head cloth? Those are Bernds pants ;-) (© 2014 Isabell Gernert)
See the cool head cloth? Those are Bernds pants ;-) (© 2014 Isabell Gernert)
The biggest gator we found in the wild (© 2014 Bernd Neeser)
The biggest gator we found in the wild (© 2014 Bernd Neeser)
Closeup of the gator (© 2014 Bernd Neeser)
Closeup of the gator (© 2014 Bernd Neeser)
Beautiful sunset at Siesta Beach (© 2014 Isabell Gernert)
Beautiful sunset at Siesta Beach (© 2014 Isabell Gernert)
Only a few minutes later: On our way home through the pouring rain (© 2014 Isabell Gernert)
Only a few minutes later: On our way home through the pouring rain (© 2014 Isabell Gernert)
Selfie!!! (© 2014 Isabell Gernert)
Selfie!!! (© 2014 Isabell Gernert)
   


Lazy days in Paradise

The Yasawa island chain is a must-do for every Fiji traveller as it has some of the most beautiful small islands and beaches in the world.
Prices for food and accomodation are very high compared to the main island but it is worth the money! We spent our last few days (where it finally stopped raining) on Fiji at Oarsman’s Bay Lodge located on the island Nacula which is just 2 kilometeres away from Nacula Lailai where the movie The Blue Lagoon was shot. I could tell you about the friendly staff singing and dancing all day, the three little dog puppys they had, the most colorful coral reef I have ever snorkeled through or about the amazing landscape but hey – just have a look at the pictures! Do I need to say more?

- Bernd -

Yeeeeeh-haw!!! (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Yeeeeeh-haw!!! (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell with Frangipani flower in her hair (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell with Frangipani flower in her hair (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Uuuuuuuuuuh! (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Uuuuuuuuuuh! (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell dancing with hotel manager Philip on the Fijian night (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell dancing with hotel manager Philip on the Fijian night (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)


The Beach House

Our first few days on Fiji we stayed at the Beach House, a hostel on the south coast of Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island. We hang out at the wonderful white sanded beach right in front of our bure (a Fijian beach hut), snorkeled in cristal clear water at high tide and enjoyed a Fiji Bitter beer at sunset. Unfortunately, the weather changed on the third day around midday and since then it hasn’t stopped raining.
So, what can we do on a rainy day? Sit at home?! Nope, go on a jungle trip to a hidden waterfall – that’s right. On this trip our guide (I really can’t remember his name but it was something like fijian George – let’s just call him George!) led us trough his so called “gift of God” and explained plants, trees and animals and what the people of Fiji use them for. As George told us the day before that we should wear hiking shoes we put on our normal sneakers and wondered why everyone else just wore flip-flops. We found out as we had to walk trough the first lil’ river, which was followed by several waterholes, ditches and even bigger rivers – the only thing left to do was taking of our shoes and walk barefeet…an awesome experience! Anyway, we finally reach the waterfall (during the walk my mind wandered back to the article about canibalism on Fiji in former times – I really don’t know why!) and jumped into the pond in front of it, climbed up and slide back down again. After some time George decided that it’s time to go back. Not having brought a towel (George’s answer to bringing a towel or not was ‘Nope, it just gets wet’) we put our clothes back on while still wearing our bathing suites – it really didn’t matter because by the time we arrived at the hostel you couldn’t tell anyway if we went swimming or hiking… but it was worth every single rain drop!

- Isabell -

Relaxing at the beach (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
Relaxing at the beach (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
Our bure (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Our bure (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell on the swings (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell on the swings (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Barefeet through the jungle (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Barefeet through the jungle (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Get the Fa experience ;) (© 2010 FG)
Get the Fa experience ;) (© 2010 FG)
   


Relaxing in Puerto Escondido

On our whole trip we`ll always try to find a good combination of cultural parts and relaxing. After our sightseeing and the “mission” in Oaxaca it was time for sun, beach and the sea so we took the bus to Puerto Escondido, a surfer hotspot at the pacific coast.

I`m very glad we made it! It`s not like we never had bad bus drivers before but that one drove the winding mountain road like an idiot. Isabell pretended to be sick to make him drive a little bit slower, another woman vomited all along the way. Irony: It was an “Express Bus” – and although he drove so fast we had a delay of three hours in the end…

But after two days on the beach, everything seems to be forgotten. Puerto Escondido has a tropical climate, bright sandy beaches and big waves to jump into. And for our EIGHTTEEN HOURS :-( drive back to Mexico City we`re gonna take a more comfortable coach…

- Bernd -

Puerto Escondido (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Puerto Escondido (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Blogging under the palms :o) (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
Blogging under the palms :o ) (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
Puerto Escondido beach (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Puerto Escondido beach (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)