Laura and I arrived in Tegucigalpa Honduras on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. Our flights were virtually problem free. We even arrived a bit early, and those who were expected to pick us up from Montaña de Luz had still not arrived. They did arrive within a few minutes, however, and we were introduced to the city in their van. Amanda, a volunteer who will be leaving at the end of December, David, an employee of Montaña de Luz and van driver, and Duria, another employee. It seems they love the opportunity to go into the city. They took us to the food court at the local Mall (Laura had papusas – tortillas stuffed with either cheese or sausage – and I headed straight for Wendys), then we all rummaged a variety of local stores looking for envelopes. You would think that would be easy, but we had to go to three different places. Montaña de Luz is having an “Open House” in October and the envelopes were for the invitations. After all that was accomplished and a few other visits were made, they dropped us at our hotel, the Clarion. We were exhausted from the trip, but were treated like royalty at the hotel.
We woke at 4:45 AM in order to make our 6:00 AM bus ride to Copan Ruinas. The trip took eight hours. Copan Ruinas is probably only about 300 miles from Tegucigalpa, but only as the crow flies. Too bad we weren’t crows. The tremendous mountain passages were breathtaking as long as you didn’t look down. And though the bus was extremely comfortable, the roads are in horrendous condition, even worse then when I drove them last year. It’s almost 6:00 PM now, and I’m writing this from a quaint hotel called Don Udos in this beautiful mountain town. Coblestone roads, beautiful architecture, tremendous views of the mountains, carry a sense of simplicity and grace. Laura and I just returned from our roof patio where we watched a tremendous thunder storm hang up beyond the mountains that encircle the town. Absolutely breathtaking. The conference for Honduran volunteers starts tomorrow and we will attend it as representatives of Montaña de Luz. We attended last year without affiliation and that was how we found Montaña de Luz. It’s nice to be back and we have already met a number of the people we came to know last year. The conference goes through Saturday. We will stay in Copan Ruinas until Sunday when will return via the evil bus to Tegucigalpa. On Monday we will be picked up and driven to Montaña de Luz to begin. We are really on vacation right now, loving every minute of it.