EVEN MORE THINGS WE WILL NEVER TIRE OF…

While living in Central America!

With 4 more day left in Honduras, so many things are flashing before our eyes. We are trying to take it all it and enjoy every moment like it is our last! So we can not leave you with the images from our “Things We Won’t Miss About Honduras” post. So along with the 2 previous “Things We Will Never Tire of…” (click to read that post) and “More things We Will Never Tire of…” (Click to read that post) we are adding even more things we love and will miss about our second home, Honduras.

PEOPLE WEARING AMERICAN T-SHIRTS!
They wear high school, college, professional sport teams, 5k runs and just some whacky tee-shirts that make sense in the States but not here…like the old dude wearing a “I love mullets” T-Shirt! The same with the baseball caps too!

From Juayua Food Fest!

GETTING OFF THE BUS IN THE MIDDLE OF NO WHERE!
People getting off the bus in the middle of no where with no houses around, just disappearing into the woods on some tiny trail on the side of the highway. It is like they live in a secret Narnia land!

MACHETES!
Can’t help it, but we love them. They are an every day tool here: need something cut no matter how small, whip out the machete; your kids wants to cut open a coconut, give them a machete; or your grass needs a mow, do it with a machete!

From Perquin
From Perquin


LOS GALLOS!

Central Americans love the Rooster, not only for a food source, but for advertising! We had a love for the Rooster before we came to Honduras, and now we love them even more! We will miss roosters and chickens walking the streets, under your feet and crowing at any and all times of the day and night!

From 2009 – Feb. Dogs and Roosters
From Roosters for Kris!


HONDURAS Y FUTBOL!

It is just so awesome to see a whole country cheering all for the same thing! All and any differences are shoved aside in order for all their energy to go towards another National Win! Our energy will be with Honduras in their World Cup 2010 matches!

From On the Street After World Cup Qualifying Games
From On the Street After World Cup Qualifying Games

HONDURAN COWBOYS!
We love to see campesinos/vaqueros riding through small towns on their horses for a few reasons. 1) Everyone loves a cowboy, a real cowboy. 2) In Honduras the horse may be that cowboys only source of transportation. 3) Some cowboys teach their horses to prance. And 4) The saddles are wonderful, whether a fancy leather one, a worn old one or a wood one!

From The People of Honduras – A and T's Trip
From The People of Honduras – A and T's Trip


THE GREAT LIGHT SHOWS!

What we are talking about is the awesome lightening and thunder storms. We have never, especially West Coast Jim, heard thunder so loud and close before in our lives. And the rain that comes with it, it is so hard and thick it is like a cleansing blanket that covers the dry dust covered city.

From Austino and Turnito's Trip Start to End


OUR BOYS!

We mentioned children in general in one of our other posts about things we will never tire of here, but in particular we would never tire of spending time with our boys at the Casa Del Nino orphanage. Even if we do not feel good or are super tired, we still have a blast with them and come out happy. We will miss them so intensely that we KNOW we will be back.

From Jim's B-day 2009

MOVIES FOR $2.00 – $3.00
We often go to movies every weekend watching whatever movie they have…some silly teen movies and even a horror movie once and I do not even like them. But in a town where there is not a lot to do and the movie is cheap, why not. And it is the only place I can get popcorn here!

OVERWEIGHT WOMEN!
Most Honduran women have meat on their bones…and it is okay.

From Gurifuna Fest – Corozal Honduras
From Carnival – El Sauce – May 09


THE TWO ON A BIKE MADE FOR ONE RIDE

First someone sits on the seat, and another person sits kind of side saddle on the bar that goes in between the seat and the handlebars. Okay, that might be do-able, but the person sitting on the seat is peddling with their hands on the shoulders of the bar sitter. The bar sitter steers the bike. I have totally wanted to try this with Jim, but I know we would break our necks!

OLD GARIFUNA WOMEN
In their old style cotton long dresses and head scarf, I often think that if I sat and talked with them, that I would get Maya Angelou type wisdoms. Hmmmm…maybe this is where Maya gets all her great quotes!

From Gurifuna Fest – Corozal Honduras
From Gurifuna Fest – Corozal Honduras

OUR WONDERFUL SUPER HONDO UMBRELLAS
I am sure you have heard me mention our umbrellas before….but we do so love them. They are super large, double paneled and double spoked. Forget the fancy super fold down Totes variety…the Super Hondo Umbrella is the way to go. We even bought two new ones to bring home with us…Jim’s is a sassy yet masculine lime green and dark green striped number, my new one is…rrrooooar…tiger striped (I heard that animal print is still in…please say it is so).

From Brullys & boots
From Brullys & boots
From Brullys & boots

THE NICKNAMES THE BOYS AT CASA DEL NINO USE FOR EACH OTHER!
Mono (Monkey) for little Andres who loves to climb on things. Siete Mundos (Seven Worlds) for Marcos who has a big head. Timba (big belly) for little Isreal that has a belly that grows when he eats! Vaca (Cow) for Walter, because they say he is heavy (he actually looks like normal teen – not skinny like the rest of the kids). And El Tunclo (Loud person) is Jonathon’s nickname because he makes this ear piercing whistle noise! El Diablo for Julio because he’s a bit of a trouble maker. And Jefe (boss) for Jan Carlos because he used to make crank calls saying he was the boss of a local gang. Ay Ay Ay! Some are mean…but the kids do not mind for some reason. Check out the album below with all the nicknames AND the nicknames they have for us!

Los apodos de los niños en Casa Del Niño (Nicknames of the boys at Casa Del Nino)

FLOUR TORTILLAS
Honduras make the best flour tortillas hands down!

From 2009-02-12 The Art of Baleadas

OUR BIG BLACK RAIN BOOTS
Although not attractive at all, I feel like a kid ready to jump into puddles when I have them on. Actually that is what they are for as the streets flood regularly in the rainy season…so bring on the puddles, uh, mini rivers is more like it!

From Brullys & boots

SNORKLEING
Although I have been a diver for along time and Jim became one at the start of this year away…we have both come to love snorkeling. Maybe that is so because the water is so clear off the islands you do not need to dive down deep to see a lot of great underwater life!

From Panama – San Blas Islands – March 2009
From Panama – San Blas Islands – March 2009

$1.00 TAXI RIDES
Especially if we move to any city in the U.S. of A. So long cheap ride home after a few cervesas!

OLD SIRENS FROM THE BANANA REPUBLIC DAYS
La Ceiba was a company town, Vaccaro Brothers’ Standard Fruit Company from New Orleans started up the banana business here. Everyone that lived here worked for the fruit company. Sirens still go off to mark certain times of the day for current day citizens. But back in the day here was their daily schedule; sirens go off at 6am for a wake up call, then at 7pm for work, again at 11am for lunch, back to work at 12noon and the day is done at 4pm! There is something homey about the sirens. Here is a link to United Fruit Company which is the current fruit company doing business out of La Ceiba for a history of their company, which does involve the above mentioned Vaccar Brothers.

I am sure more things will pop up after a couple of weeks back in the states. We love Honduras and I am sure we will be back sooner or later, if not because we need a baleada fix, but for sure to see “Our Boys” again.
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~ by HenderBalz on November 27, 2009.

5 Responses to “EVEN MORE THINGS WE WILL NEVER TIRE OF…

  1. I know what you are saying about machetes. After living in South America, I found myself missing one even in my little suburban backyard. Are Imacasa machetes what you guys use there?

  2. Wow – I am sad for you leaving. Your last blog – things you won’t miss – made me feel like it was time, and best, for you guys to come home. Now I feel sad for you leaving all of this behind. I have goosebumps reading all the things you will never tire of.
    Are you ready to come back to the states? I can buy some machetes and big umbrellas to make you feel at home. WHAT AM I SAYING – GET YOUR BUTTS BACK HERE!! The USA needs you!!

  3. Wow Dawn, You guys have had a trip adn experience of a life time and yes you will have many things that have been a part of your life that will be missed. But I bet your family’s will be very happy to have you back. I can only imagine that you have been very missed. You have made a impact on the children and people whose paths you crossed. Always know you will be able to keep them in your heart. Good luck going back to the good ole USA!!! And Merry Christmas to you both! Marsha

    • Thanks Marsha! I will keep those little guys in my heart AND in my life. And I have enough room for everyone!!!!! At my Mom’s house now…and looking forward to seeing more family and lots of friends!

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