Arriving in Honduras

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Our hotel in Sambo Creek
We have arrived! What a trip! Our first night in Raleigh, NC got us started off on an interesting foot ... after we checked into our hotel and had fallen asleep, someone tried to get into our room! Then our phone starting ringing off the hook! Apparently our room was not being shown as booked and the the night-shift receptionist had rented the room out to someone else. We only got 2 hours of sleep that night!

We woke up at 3:30am and loaded our 70-pound suitcases in a shuttle and headed to the airport. Our first flight (American Airlines to Miami) was pretty nice but then we had a 6 hour layover. We then flew TACA to San Pedro Sula. The airport at San Pedro Sula was very different. It was so small and disorganized.
Waiting in the airport in Miami
No one even checked our tickets when boarding the propeller plane ... which had no AC. Next stop, La Ceiba!! Most of us made it on the first flight but the plane was so small, 4 members of our group had to wait for the next flight. The flight was short, 30 minutes, but extremely hot and bumpy. I think our airplane was from the 70's! The views from the plane showed a land incredibly different. We noticed no flashy lights like you see in America, only plush green land. This was when I first realized I was in a 3rd world country.

Once at the airport in La Ceiba, we discovered that there had been a miscommunication regarding our transportation. We waited in the small one-room airport for about an hour and a half. Very nice missionaries picked us up and drove us to our hotel, Hotel Candadien, in Sambo Creek! What a lovely place! Only $13.50 a night. It's nothing like an American hotel, but seems pretty high class considering the surroundings. Sambo Creek is a Garifuna village located about 15 minutes outside of La Ceiba. It has been a long day and we are exhausted! We are planning on getting a good night of sleep to prepare for a full day of adventure tomorrow!
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Our hotel in Sambo Creek
Our hotel in Sambo Creek
Waiting in the airport in Miami
Waiting in the airport in Miami
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