Arrived and Traveling

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.

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7 thoughts on “Arrived and Traveling

  1. Emma says:

    I’m so glad you guys made it safely (despite the ‘evil’ bus ride). Enjoy the conference and I look forward to reading future posts!

  2. Glorimar Irizarry says:

    Happy to hear you both made it safe and sound. Paul your description of the view and landscapes have me intrigued. I am glad you guys have the opportunity to enjoy yourselves before you get to work, well deserved. Take care-Glori

  3. Nap says:

    I am glad that you have arrived safely. I miss papusas. Can you send us the best local recipe? Someday I will go to Copan and visit you & Montana de Luz!

  4. Lorraine says:

    So glad you made it safely there and hope you enjoy your stay, sounds very nice!

  5. Cris says:

    Wow!! Sounds like the evil roads have no guard rails; I’d turn back instantly if I came upon such a road—-maybe even sooner if the road narrowed to the width of a single car! Yikes! Glad to hear the trip went smoothly to Honduras. Today is Isaiah’s birthday party. Sending Jack with the presents. I have to work, so I’ll get over there on a day off. Were those storm clouds in the background of the pictures? I have had no success getting pictures of lightning.

  6. Chris says:

    It was so good to see your faces. Thank you for posting photos. I, too, am glad you arrived safely. Do they allow livestock on the bus? They did when I lived in Guatemala; (I’m talking everything from chickens to goats)!

  7. lfmanship says:

    Chris: Alas, no livestock on the bus we were on! But, that is only because we were not on a “local” bus…….I would not be surprised at all if there were livestock on the local buses. On our bus, people had to go through a metal detector first, to make sure that they did not bring any weapons on board. It was more like a Greyhound bus. No excitement on the bus….and, they even gave us all a snack of a bottle of water and a little cookie. Very sweet of them…..I’m pretty sure that Greyhound does not do that! (Laura)

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