It’s time. Time to move on. Time to say goodbye. New adventures await around the corner and in other countries.
Tomorrow we’ll pack up and hit the road once again. It’ll be hard to leave Honduras, Choluteca, and Gloria. Friends like Gloria only come once in a lifetime, and I feel honored to have had the privilege to get to know her – 24 years ago and again now. I will be back here at some point – only time will tell when that point will be.
Our time here in Choluteca has been great. The boys became a part of this great, big extended family and enjoyed playing with the multitude of kids all around. School was mostly a success – for Daryl more so than for Davy. Daryl is now able to communicate quite a bit in Spanish and is at that point where he’ll pick it up rapidly. We may end up having to find a language school for Davy, but we’ll see how it goes.
John’s Spanish teacher never did pan out. John has utilized this time to continue working with his computer Spanish program and has learned a lot from Gloria as well. Although he is still far from fluent, he has learned a lot and his confidence has improved tremendously. He also took advantage of the downtime to work on our website updating a lot of areas that needed to be improved. He’s not done yet, but made significant progress.
We are now a mere 47 km from the Nicaraguan border and will try to make it there tomorrow. The next month will be excruciating as we’ll be staying in the lowlands where the sweltering heat will make progress difficult. On top of that, we are now entering into rainy season and will be dealing with frequent downpours. At this point, our plan is to hit the road early in the morning and plan to arrive at a hotel by midday – the rain generally comes in the afternoon. I’m sure we’ll end up caught in a few downpours, but we’re hoping to minimize it.
And so our adventure continues. Each day will bring new experiences, new learning opportunities, and new friends. We’re off – once again!
Images of Choluteca:
A roadside vendor
Mounds of bananas!
Daryl’s techer and classmates wish him well on his journey
Daryl and his buddies
The director of the school presented a going away present to the boys
Another trip to El Arca – this time with a camera!
The mentally handicapped adults spin their own cord for hammocks
The cord is then wrapped onto spindles to use for weaving the hammocks
The hammocks are woven by hand and can take up to six weeks each! This man only has use of one arm, so he makes his hammocks completely one-handed.
Each person contributes as he/she is able. This woman helps by softening loofah sponges with a rock. They will later be sewn into bath sponges.
El Arca also produces the best mops in town! They use the discarded edges of fabric from the clothing manufacturers in the area.
After a carpenter cuts cutting boards into shape, the residents sand them to perfection.
The products are sold locally, each one labeled individually
Gloria has volunteered with El Arca since 1987. She receives a warm welcome every time she arrives at the workshop.
There is a beautiful chapel at the home for the handicapped residents.
Each resident has his/her own room
Back at Gloria’s house, Hazel relaxes in one of El Arca’s hammocks.
Chatting in front of Gloria’s house
Daryl at the birthday party
The kids got to tell jokes at the birthday party. Unfortunately, it´s really, really hard to translate jokes!
Davy wanted to wait until Monday for his last day of school.
He had a great time with his classmates, but didn’t learn a lot of Spanish!