Staying One Step Ahead

I have been blessed in my travels so far, staying one step ahead of various incidents affecting the countries I have visited.

  • Belize
  • Rainy season flooding rendered the Southern Highway to Punta Gorda impassable at the Kendal Bridge.
  • Hurricane Richard left significant damage throughout the country, especially in Belize City.  At minute 20:23 of the news report below, the first hostel I stayed in is visible in the left of the frame, two doors down from a building that lost its entire roof to the winds. Click here to donate to the Red Cross, which is assisting with relief efforts
  • News 5 (October 25, 2010) from Great Belize Productions Ltd. on Vimeo.

  • After its cage was destroyed by falling tree in the hurricane, a jaguar escaped from the zoo and fatally mauled a US Citizen. The email warning I received from the US Embassy read:
  • Dangerous Animal Escaped from Belize Zoo following Hurricane Richard – Still Loose
    The U.S. Embassy in Belmopan is issuing this Warden Message to alert Americans that there has been an incident near the Belize Zoo involving a jaguar fatally attacking a person. The Belize Police Department is responding; however, the animal has not yet been recaptured. The Belizean Police have confirmed the jaguar escaped from its cage. All other animals at the Belize Zoo have been accounted for. We recommend U.S. Citizens avoid the area surrounding the zoo and stay away from forest areas for the time being.

  • Guatemala
  • Heavy rainfall led to extensive flooding and landslides after my departure. Passengers in a bus traveling the Interamerican Highway (along which I traveled) were killed by a landslide.
  • El Salvador
  • Violence perpetrated by the gangs that extort bus companies was one of my concerns about traveling through San Salvador. A few weeks after I traveled through, a new anti-gang law led to increased threats against bus operators, many of whom responded by simply cutting service for days.
  • Honduras
  • At least thirteen people were killed in a head-on collision between a bus and a truck on the highway between El Progresso and Tela (along which I traveled)
  • I hope that I continue to stay safely ahead of such happenings (or maybe that such happenings stop following me?)

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    3 Comments

    1. Eva E says:

      We hope so, too. I’ll be thinking of you next week when I’m in Western PA.

    2. Rob says:

      Glad you are staying ahead of the geographical and man-made problems of the countries where you are visiting! Even more amazing is the fact that you knew about these happenings and were able to reflect on all of them! Thanks for sharing them with all of us who continue to follow your adventures.

    3. […] Buses in El Salvador’s capital had some of the most eye-catching modifications I’ve seen yet. Quite a few of the school buses had lifted front suspensions so that they drove down the highways tilted backwards, some nearly to the point of having their back bumpers on the pavement. While I didn’t get the chance to ride on a bus modified like this, I imagine it would make boarding fairly difficult. Other common decorations included Freightliner truck-style spoilers and numerous shark fins; maybe the buses are trying to be scary to discourage extortion? […]

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