First day in Honduras
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My trip got off to a bad start, I had a delayed flight out of Denver so ended up sleeping in the airport from 20:00 to 3:00. Then I had to change plans in Houston and was off to Tegucigalpa! I decided to start my spring break early by having a mimosa on the plane with breakfast. Unfortunately they had no sparkling wine so I opted for chardonnay...this is not a good mix with orange juice....seriously, disgusting.
When landing in Tegucigalpa you feel like you might die. Luckily the people sitting next to me warned me that "it looks like you are going to crash, but you don't". Teguc is located in the midst of mountains so you come down over the mountains and drop down rather steeply onto the landing strip.
My friend, Bridget, met me at the airport and decided where we would go first. Another Peace Corps volunteer lives in Yuscaran so we decided to go stay with her for the night. We went to a grocery store and stocked up on food and then hopped on the bus towards Yuscaran. My friend forgot to mention that the bus didn't stop in Yuscaran and that we would have to jalone (Honduran word for hitchhike) to rest of the way. She told me she did it all the time so it was no big deal. We waited. and waited. and waited some more. A few cars passed but no one stopped.
The first thing I wanted to do when I got to the other PCV's house was sit down, have a beer, and reflect on the fact that I was still alive. And that is exactly what we did.
The next morning we went for a walk around Yuscaran. It is a small colonial-style mountain town with cobblestone streets. It seemed like a quiet place; had maybe 3 restaurants, a few pulperias, 2 bars, 2 hotels, and a Guaro factory. First we toured the Guardo factory. It is an alcohol made from sugar cane, much like rum, but worse! Right across the street from the Guaro factory were 3 caged lions. Why on earth would this small town need 3 lions kept in a small cage?? For the circus of course! The huge, massive Yuscaran circus for the maybe 2,000 people that live there. Had I not wanted to wreak havoc on the town I probably would have set the lions free!
Later that day it was time to head off to my friend's site in San Isidro. Time for another jalone! The next one was much better than the first...