The Time has Come (Choluteca, Honduras)

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

A roadside vendor

Mounds of bananas!

Mounds of bananas!

Daryl's techer and classmates wish him well on his journey

Daryl’s techer and classmates wish him well on his journey

Daryl and his buddies

Daryl and his buddies

The director of the school presented a going away present to the boys

The director of the school presented a going away present to the boys

Another trip to El Arca - this time with a camera!

Another trip to El Arca – this time with a camera!

The mentally handicapped adults spin their own cord for hammocks

The mentally handicapped adults spin their own cord for hammocks

The cord is then wrapped onto spindles to use for weaving the 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.

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.

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.

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.

After a carpenter cuts cutting boards into shape, the residents sand them to perfection.

The products are sold locally, each one labeled individually

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.

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.

There is a beautiful chapel at the home for the handicapped residents.

Each resident has his/her own room

Each resident has his/her own room

Back at Gloria's house, Hazel relaxes in one of El Arca's hammocks.

Back at Gloria’s house, Hazel relaxes in one of El Arca’s hammocks.

Chatting in front of Gloria's house

Chatting in front of Gloria’s house

Claudia

Claudia

Gloria

Gloria

Daryl at the birthday party

Daryl at the birthday party

The kids got to tell jokes at the birthday party.  Unfortunately, it´s really, really hard to translate jokes!

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.

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!

He had a great time with his classmates, but didn’t learn a lot of Spanish!

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About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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11 Responses to The Time has Come (Choluteca, Honduras)

  1. Claudia May 26, 2009 at 1:29 pm #

    Que lindo quedo este blog de despedida lastima que no pude estar alla para verlos partir,pero fue muy lindo el tiempo que compartimos y recuerde que aqui en Honduras tienen una enorme familia.
    Les deseo lo mejor en su viaje cuidense mucho y seguimos en contacto.les quiere Claudia

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  2. nancy May 26, 2009 at 1:32 pm #

    Claudia – no puedo decir gracias suficiente. Este tiempo aqui en Choluteca ha sido tan increible como nada – con su ENORME familia!!

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  3. Jack May 28, 2009 at 4:38 pm #

    Moving on might be hard, but it is the only way to get to where you are really going.

    Take care Nancy,

    Jack

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  4. Sid Vicious May 28, 2009 at 5:07 pm #

    are you all right we hear there was a big quake.

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  5. Rodney May 28, 2009 at 5:19 pm #

    Nancy,

    Did you guys feel this earthquake?

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/05/28/Honduras-rocked-by-71-earthquake/UPI-44611243518405/

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  6. Tim May 29, 2009 at 7:15 am #

    I was wondering about the earth quake also.
    Hoe every one is well Have Fun
    Tim

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  7. Kevin Fitzgerald May 29, 2009 at 9:44 am #

    I looked on the map and figured you had to feel that earthquake. I hope there was no damage in your area. I’ve only felt one near the Atlanta area once and the epicenter was near Ft. Payne, Alabama. It wasn’t that strong, and it made a door vibrate against a door stop. That’s what woke me up.

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  8. nancy May 30, 2009 at 9:54 am #

    We didn’t even know about the earthquake until you guys wrote about it! I don’t know if we just slept through it or if we couldn’t feel it in Choluteca.

    anyway, all is well and we are now in Chinandega, Nicaragua!

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  9. Rachel Hugens May 30, 2009 at 9:36 pm #

    “. . . the open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself.”
    – William Least Heat Moon (Blue Highways)

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  10. Rachel Hugens May 31, 2009 at 9:40 am #

    We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.”

    –H.G. Wells

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  11. Yurosie September 28, 2011 at 1:35 am #

    Nice post thank you so much

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