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A summary of our journey

I’ve been working on getting all my old newsletters online along with slide shows for each one – it’s been a massive task!  I am now almost completely done – only the very most recent one is left.  So – for those of you who haven’t been with us from the beginning, I hope this […]

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Honduras, Part 2

Gosh darn – I love Panama!  We managed to find a really nice hotel with AC, wi fi, fridge, and microwave – for way less than we would have paid for a dump of a room in Costa Rica!  Anyway, John took advantage of the wifi to get the second part of the Honduras video […]

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Newsletter – Cycling in Honduras

June 6, 2009 One of the first questions people ask us is, “What has been the best part of your trip so far?” We always answer that we really can’t answer that question – each area is special in its own right and they are all so different. Up until now, making me choose a […]

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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 […]

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Our Third Ocean (Choluteca, Honduras)

We went swimming in the Pacific Ocean today.  The Pacific Ocean!! I hadn’t even thought about until we got to the beach with Gloria and her whole, extended family.  And then it hit me – we started at the Arctic Ocean.  In Mexico we finally arrived at the Atlantic.  And now – finally – we […]

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A Birthday Party

I love the Honduran way of doing things! (Mostly, anyway) We just came home from a birthday party, and it was wonderful.  It wasn’t anything like the parties we have in the US, where parents pay a small (or large) fortune to rent a special hall of some kind and the local staff have everything […]

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Making Mondongo Video

My first video ever! I filmed it. I edited it. I did everything!! Not perfect, but I’m fairly proud of it nevertheless!! For some reason, every time I try to embed a video here anymore, it makes the whole blog go crazy.  So – this time I’ll just put the link and you can go […]

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A Long Drive

“They’re doing what?  Why are they here?” I just couldn’t get it.  I walked into the house after doing a few errands and found a whole camera crew.  I figured they were friends of Claudia (who had come down for a funeral). “No,” Claudia told me.  “They came looking for you.” This is bizarre…  We’ve gotten […]

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Pizza Hut (Choluteca, Honduras)

This is bizarre.  Very bizarre. We’ve been hanging out at Pizza Hut all day working on our website.  Yes – Pizza Hut. This just seems so… I dunno… out of place?  24 years ago when I lived here, there was not a single air-conditioned restaurant.  And clean toilets?  Forget about it!  I used to run […]

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Mondongo (Choluteca, Honduras)

Why do I do these things?  Any sensible person would have let well enough alone.  But me?  Heck no! Gloria and her sisters started up a small business about 12 or 15 years ago making mondongo soup.  Every single Sunday for all these years they’ve made soup to sell – and the business has grown […]

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A Day at the Market

Cashew fruit – the cashew fruit is in the hard shell hanging on the bottom of the fruit. They have to be peeled and cooked before eating.

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Settling In (Choluteca, Honduras)

Life is going well.  The boys are enjoying their time at a local school, John is getting caught up on a bunch of website stuff, and I’m thrilled to spend hour upon hour chatting with Gloria.  The boys have proven to be quite popular in the neighborhood, and we have kids knocking on the door […]

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Making Arrangements (Choluteca, Honduras)

It’s coming together – we just need to find a teacher for John and we’ll be all set.  We went to the school where I taught as a PCV today and arranged for the boys to attend classes there for a few weeks to learn Spanish.  I think it’ll work out great! We have a […]

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Finally! (Choluteca, Honduras)

I’ve waited 22 years for this.  And finally I returned home.  I can hardly believe I’m here. It was 22 years ago when I left Honduras to return to the USA after my Peace Corps service.  22 years!  All these years I’ve tried to return.  John and I have looked for jobs in this area […]

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To the Finca (Tegucigalpa, Honduras)

I’m in love.  I’ve got it all figured out – I know exactly where I’m going to live when I retire!  I just hope Tia Orbelina doesn’t mind that we kick her out of her house.   Claudia wanted to take us up to her aunt’s farm today.  “It’s up in the mountains and is […]

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Parting Ways (Tegucigalpa, Honduras)

“Goodbye!!” we called as the Verhages and Anja pedaled away.  “Have a good trip!  We’ll see you sometime!” We’ve known all along that this day would come here in Teguc, but it doesn’t make it any easier.  We’ve been traveling together for a month now, and it’s been a very special time.  But we wanted […]

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