Over the past years of visiting Honduras, we have met many friends. Each year, the circle gets larger and it is hard to manage the time to work productively and see our great friends during the same week we are there. This trip everything fell into place quite nicely!
The District Representive Ulysses Corrales, the Honduran equivalent to Jim Cooper or Marsha Blackburn, joined us for dinner one evening to thank us for our efforts. Also joining us that evening was our great friend Sergio Salinas, who was President of the Choluteca Rotary the same year I was in Spring Hill.
Representative Corrales was a cool guy. We told him of a family on the highest hill of Jayacayan, whose house we were planning to wire but found out there were no poles slated to bring power up that hill. Mr. Corrales promised us he would get the poles and asked us to proceed with the wiring. Well guess what? The politician delivered on his promise and poles were delivered before week’s end! How refreshing!
I had no idea that the new I-pad thingy had a piano feature and travelled all the way to Honduras to find this out:
On Friday night, we had a scheduling conflict! The village of Jayacayan wanted to celebrate (party) with us. It was also meeting night for the Choluteca Rotary Club miles away. Both events had to be attended, so we split up the group and did just that.
It was great seeing our great friend Juan Carlos Cerrato, who visited us in Tennessee along with Sergio back in 2008. The last time I saw Juan Carlos, we both made a pact. He would learn more English and I would learn more Spanish. Juan Carlos did much better than I did! On top of that, I even forgot to bring my pocket translator and Spanish-English dictionary. They stayed behind in Nashville. Like I have said earlier, there is nothing that cannot be communicated with a smile. Add a cold beer to that also!
After the Rotary Meeting, we dropped by the Osorto family home to see MaMa, Esther, Carolina, and their family.
David Hartley introduced Chuck Payne and myself to this family back on our first Honduras visit in 2006. The youngest daughter, Carolina, is now 18 and attending the university there. She is the only daughter that does not have a child. Below is Carolina taking the “no boy” (or hombre – no) pledge:
After a visit to Wendy’s with the Osorto family, we proceded back to the Barcelona Hotel in San Marcos de Colon to join the rest of our group. They had just returned from the Jayacayan village party at Margarite’s home and had a great time singing and dancing. I have not seen any pictures from the party yet, so will just have to take their word for it. (Just kidding)
Every day was filled with amazing sites, but this one takes the cake….. just what part is the rock and what part is the tree?
Below are more scenes from our last official work day in Jayacayan. At the end of this day, Huntly Gordon graciously gave Douglas, a great helper from the village, a set of tools and workbelt worth over $500. We gave our helper Evan a screwdriver set, tool belt and pair of pliers. He will probably lose them. LOL
With all of our wiring work completed, it was then time to plan something neat for Saturday…. being a tourist! Check back for Part 5!
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