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Reflections

I called this section "reflections" for lack of a better term. Later on it will be filled with a variety of different topical entries.

What is Happening in my Country?November 7, 2008

The Sharing ChurchJune 1, 2008

PovertyNovember 15, 2007

Regionalisms in HondurasSeptember 16, 2007

ImmigrationJuly 9, 2007

The Blessing of GodJune 3, 2007

Questions not all Frequently AskedMay 18, 2007

Where is Honduras?

Honduras is in Central America. I know Central America has a lot of little countries, but there’s only 6 of them, so it shouldn’t be that hard to remember. Honduras is at the top of that 90 degree turn in Central America.

Where are you in Honduras?

I live near San Pedro Sula, the second largest city, and most important industrial city in Honduras.

Is it hot where you live?

Yes

What is the climate like?

The year alternates between rainy and dry seasons. It is rainiest from about October to December. It is hot almost every day especially when the sky is clear. Occasionally they have cold fronts and overcast skies that can cool the temperature a lot, and actually make it cold at night.

What do you do to beat the heat?

Extend work hours (since the computer lab has an air conditioner), bathe, strip down and sit directly in front of the fan in my room, get in water fights.

What is transportation like?

All that relief sale money is enough for MCC to buy us all SUV's... No actually I use public transport and there are 3 kinds:

Buses

Intercity buses vary between air-conditioned coaches that cost about $7 to $15 between main cities, non-air-conditioned coaches that make frequent stops and are $2 to $5, and between towns there are always converted school buses, which will pack themselves full, and are cheaper still.

City buses cost about $.21 and they always make room for another person.

Rapiditos

Translation: "fast little things." These are large vans manufactured to seat 15 (though they are not the same class as American 15-passenger vans) and in Honduras they fit up to 24. You get used to twisting your shoulders around and they are handy. They cost about $.26. If I am waiting to go downtown, a rapidito is often the quickest way, since taxis are less regular.

Taxi

Taxis are reasonably priced, though I find myself only using them when I have a reason. There are colectivo taxis that travel established routes and fill up with multiple people charging about $.63 a person (from downtown to where I live).

I live about 30 minutes downtown, though the trip can take closer to an hour by the school bus.

Is there any such person to collect fares, stuff passengers in, help with packages, and scout out potential passengers, while leaning outside the open door?

Yes, there is in fact such a person. He is called the "helper."

What is Honduran food like?

There is a lot more to say than what I will say. The staples are rice, beans, and corn tortillas (substituted by fried banana or plantain chips). Other common ingredients are salty, crumbly cheese, cream, cabbage, lettuce, onion, tomato, beef or pork, fried chicken, fried fish, fried eggs, fried tortillas, fried sausage, fried bologna,... Fruit is generally served separately as a snack or dessert. There are melons, all types of bananas, tamarinds, mangoes, and lots of unmentioneds

Baleadas are a common snack food. They are large flour tortillas with refried beans, cheese, cream, and can include eggs or chicken. Honduran tacos consist of fried tortilla with chicken inside, and cheese, cabbage, and a sauce on top.

Estimated calorie sources in percentages:

Pop--30%, tortillas (fried or unfried)--25%, beans-- 15%, rice--10%, cream-- 10%, other-- 10%

Things that amuse me:

People dancing in church, the spontaneity of Honduran construction (that allows for cutting out a new doorway and sealing up the old doorway a few weeks after the room was painted), the relative cultural importance of pop, perfume, loud speakers, fashionable clothes, and cell phones (especially those that double as cameras and MP3 players).

El MuditoMay, 2007

QuotesFeb 12, 2007

The Mencía familyMarch, 2007

Updated June 22, 2008