Day 7 March 30, 2011
Even being a tourist is an adventure in Honduras. Today we left bright and early for Valley of the Angels. It was about a 3 hour bus ride from Esquias. We arrived about 10, shopped til 12, and then all met for Pizza. Lucky for us there is also an ice cream shop next door! Yesterday I was translating for Dr. Kratz with a patient, and today I had to save him from the ice cream lady. After a few more purchases, it was back on the bus. Watch out moms and dads, there are several machetes coming home! Riding the bus anywhere in Honduras is always full of fun and different sites. We got to see some beautiful mountain scenery, a very old bus which was being used as a house, and lots of smiling children! On the way home we encountered a tiny old woman trying to cross the road on crutches. Carlos pulled the bus over and Frank gave her the granola bars we had left, and everyone on the bus dug out all the “limps” that they had left. Frank discreetly gave her some of it, and he told us that he was afraid to give her too much because if someone was watching they may rob her. Just goes to show you don’t have to be digging to help people.
Once we were back to the compound we took our group photos and then bagged all of our donations to take to the village tomorrow. The students are very excited about actually putting these donations into the hands of the people. Everyone is excited to get home but sad tomorrow is our last day in the village. We will work for a couple of hours, then spend some time dispensing our donations. From the sound of things right now, looks like Dr. T will be pulling some teeth tomorrow!
We gave the cooks a standing ovation tonight for our fried chicken, spaghetti, potatoes, tortillas, fresh tomatoes, and watermelon. It is late, our bellies are full and we are tired.
Lessons for the day; passing a car while passing a car can be quite tricky with cows in the middle of the road, and that there is no right side of the road in Honduras, but rather it is the best side of the road. And the best side of the road………changes constantly!
Good night to all. We are all having very conflicting emotions about not wanting to leave and wanting to see our families at the same time. However, our snack table has dwindled to nothing, so it is time to come home. Love to all our families and friends. Until tomorrow, buenas noches.