Before writing this recap of our recent trip to Honduras, I was reminded of this amusing quote:
“If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero, philosopher and statesman
Rather than spending time writing a shorter story, this week’s blog will break our trip into parts. In a previous blog post, the history of how our projects in Honduras started was discussed: https://nashvillehomesblog.com/2011/01/19/nashville-new-homes-assafartay-is-going-to-honduras/
About this year’s project: Lawrenceburg Rotary Club coordinated the effort and did an exemplary job of putting everything together. Between their own funds, acquiring grants from Rotary International, funds from the Honduran government, and contributions from other District 6760 clubs, monies were raised for the installation of utility poles and power lines to the village and to purchase all of the supplies needed to provide electrical service in each home. Without the organizational and planning efforts of Jim Johnston, this year’s project would not have happened.
It was also great to have the “grandaddy” of our Honduras involvement, Ronnie Strickland, back with us in Jayacayan. Ronnie has devoted years to improving the lives of Hondurans and has had a great impact on the entire region. Just mention “Senor Ronnie” anywhere in Honduras and doors will open!
Six of us representing Spring Hill Rotary and two representing Franklin Noon Rotary departed Nashville International at 6:00 am on Sunday, February 6, 2011 for our assigned week in the “Jayacayan” community of Southern Honduras, consisting of approximately 55 homes. Our part of the project was to finish installing electrical services and wiring in the remainder of the homes, which numbered approximately 25 or so. We arrived, laden with tools, in Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras, shortly after noon.
We picked up our baggage, went through customs, and walked over to Friendship Car Rentals, where Frederico had two 4×4 trucks waiting for us. It was now time to negotiate the traffic of the Tegucigalpa Highway to the PanAmerican Highway on our 4 hour ride to San Marcos de Colon, where we would be staying for the week.
I will never forget my first visit, arriving in Tegucigalpa. Hondurans never get in a hurry…. until they get behind the wheel of a car. Two-lane roads are actually 3-lane roads and the double-yellow lines don’t mean a thing. They should have saved the paint.
We have been very fortunate over the years to have escaped incident on the roads of Honduras. There is no such thing as defensive driving here. Below is a common sight along the highway from Tegucigalpa to Choluteca.
Along the route, you see things that make you laugh. You see things that make you cry. You see things that are simply amazing.
It has been said that Honduras is where old school buses come to die. Not true, they come here for a new life and you will see them everywhere!
After following the Tegucigalpa Highway to San Lorenzo, the Pacific Ocean Port of Honduras, we then pick up the Pan American Highway into Choluteca, continuing to our destination of San Marcos de Colon, a quaint village in the mountains shown below:
Watching the Super Bowl was a concern to a few in our group. Personally, I could have given a rat’s ass this year. Not knowing one way or the other, I gambled and said our hotel would have it so we could keep moving. Although the play-by-play was in Spanish and no funny commericals, our Hotel Barcelona did have the Super Bowl playing when we arrived. Here is home for the next week:
We were very pleased with our new home away from home! We were initially concerned about what $15 USD, including tax and breakfast, would get us. The Hotel Barcelona was a highlight of the trip and I would recommend it to anyone!
Thats it for today. In the next part, you’ll see about life in Jayacayan!