One of the wonderful things about living on Roatan is that any given weekend can feel like an unforgettable vacation! We had one of those a couple of weekends ago. Where do I even begin…
Our amazing friend Michelle came to visit us. It was a very short visit, but we had THE BEST TIME!
Deserted Beaches & Coconut Mojitos
Saturday, we walked along the beach from West End to West Bay. Ian and I had done this with our friends Marcela and Javier the first time we visited Roatan. The difference was, the first time we did the walk at night! And when I say at night, I mean it was pitch black! All we had was Marcela’s toy/bracelet flashlight that was certainly not strong enough for 4 of us to see what we were stepping on.
That was an adventure in itself, but the point is that I had no idea what it actually looked like to do this walk during the day until this past Saturday. It is beautiful! Most of the walk feels like you are on a deserted beach, not much around except the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean.
We walked, took in the beautiful scenery, and had some great conversations. Once we got to West Bay we picked a spot to chill, where we had caipirinhas, some delicious seafood and more inspiring chats.
On the way back we stopped at Ibagari, one of my favourite places on the island, for some drinks and tapas. They had a special coconut mojito that was to die for!!!
It Doesn’t Get Fresher Than This!
On Sunday, we woke up early to go on a boat trip, which turned out to be THE BEST experience we have had so far here in Roatan. I think it will be hard to beat this one, but we’ll see… we are just beginning to explore this beautiful area of the Bay Islands.
Ian wrote about the boat trip in more detail here. For me, the highlight was catching a tuna, seeing it cut right then and there and having THE FRESHEST sashimi in my life. It literally went from the ocean to our mouths in a matter of minutes!
We ended the night with sunset drinks at the Beach House in West End. They make a jalapeño syrup, which gives a special personality (and deliciousness) to their drinks! We are hooked! Ian even made his own habanero syrup the other day, and it actually turned out pretty good! Watch out Beach House, the HighPoint bar may create some competition soon 😉
It Doesn’t Get Better Than This!
Monday morning, on our way to the airport, Michelle and I stopped at Tranquil Seas for some breakfast. Sitting there, sipping on coffee, staring at the ocean and some palm trees gave me a sense of calmness that I cannot justly describe.
Throughout the weekend, Ian, Michelle and I spent a lot of time talking about life, our goals, dreams, the decisions we’ve made in the past, Ian and I’s decision to move here, etc… We told Michelle about a course we took in Montreal about 6 years ago called “The Path”. One of the exercises was to imagine our “perfect day”. The idea was to think about: What is my ideal life scenario? Where am I? What am I doing? What am I feeling?
Ian shared that what he had described 6 years ago is very close to what he is currently living, which is incredible!
Over breakfast, Michelle asked me what I had answered during that exercise. How did I describe my perfect day? I remembered having a really hard time answering then, as I did answering Michelle in that moment. When I did the exercise many years ago, I wrote something down only because I had to! I can’t even remember what I wrote, and even as I was writing it, I recall feeling unconvinced. I guess the truth is that I just don’t know. Either I don’t have a “perfect” life scenario in mind, or I’m simply unable to imagine it.
However, as I sit here writing about this past weekend, I can’t help but feel like it was as perfect as it gets!