October 2004

Trip Start Jun 03, 2004
Trip End ??? ??, 2005

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Friday, October 15, 2004

October already! So I have been all over the place in the last few weeks. Last week I took a trip out to La Moskitia with some of the agronomists to meet with some coconut producers. We were checking up on the coconut nurseries and providing technical support. (I use the term "we" loosely - not much mechanical consulting required) We took a transport truck out to the first village - this is an old beater of a 4x4 pickup truck that is load down with pop, eggs, flour, etc and then piled full of people. The ride was about 2 hours along the beach, thru swamps, across a river, thru the ocean pretty much just bush wacking. From there we met up with a boat and traveled on the in land lagoons. We were there for three days, the area is crazy beautiful, remote and peaceful.

Let me tell you a story of our return trip.
10:30pm Nicole and I confirm that we are leaving at 5am with everyone else that they will drop us off in Batalla where we can catch the truck back to Ciriboya.
3:30am "All-ee-son...All-ee-son...All-ee-son..." ... "Si?" ... "The boat for Batalla is here" ... "Here?? Now??" ... "Si"... That meant that there was a collectivo (bus like) boat full of people waiting out side for us and we were still sleeping... Great...
3:36am Changed, packed and still half a sleep we stumble into a long skinny boat that seats about 20 in 2's in the darkness of the night. After getting over the shock of being woken up and leaving at such an ungodly hour, the boat ride was amazing. In the cool darkness, we traveled thru the waterways by moonlight and a star filled sky. Very cool.
5:00am We arrive in Batalla to the sounds of men whooping and hooting our arrival to the shore. Four boats arrive at the same time and there is mass chaos as drivers, helpers and passengers scramble to get into trucks, pack the trucks and negociate prices. Chaos in the darkness... The truck ride is rough, and it is a workout to hang on as we bounce down the beach, back thu the swamps across the river, thru the ocean with 11 people, 2kids and cargo in the back of the tiny pickup. We are feeling pretty hard core and tough traveling like this until we notice the woman sitting next to Nicole is half asleep and breastfeeding at the same time. Just another day for the locals, but an adventure for the Canadians.
6:30am We arrive in Ciriboya, just in time to start our day...

Last weekend we made a whirlwind trip to San Pedro Sula for the Canada vs. Honduras World Cup qualifying soccer game at the national stadium. We took a crew from the village with us and left at 5:30am. We arrived at the stadium right at 3pm when the game began. There were 35,000 Hondurans at the game (and maybe 15 Canadians, if that). Wearing red, carrying our flags we cheered for Canada, and actually people gave us a warm welcome, cheering us as we walked to our seats. The warm welcome didn't last long as Canada played really well and scored part way thru the second half. We were pelted with empty beer cups, pizza cups and various other garbage, I even got a cup of beer to the back. All for my country... Honduras ended up scoring with one minute left in extra time to tie the game 1-1. Really sucky except now looking back it was probably better for our safety and well being leaving the stadium. With only a tie Canada was eliminated from World Cup contention but we still proudly left the stadium carrying our flags and for the most part people were excited so see any enthusiasm from the Canadians for soccer. Until we ran into some drunk soccer fans, one guy decided to try and take my flag and rip it. Loser! He came running and me, swearing and grabed the flag. Training Says: when someone tries to seal something from you, remain calm, keep your eyes down and give them what they want. How Allison Reacts: Hang onto the flag and get right up in the guys face, yelling and pulling. Smart Allison, real smart... Luckily there were crowds of people who came to my rescue (and my flag's) and broke up the "fight". What a....
Yesterday we drove 10hours to Tegucigapla (the three girls in the truck). We ended up taking a bit of a detour into the country side and thru some very random villages but it all worked out as we ended up at some spectacular waterfalls and managed to find our way back to the main highway and to Teguc all in one piece. Not too bad for some rookies.
Sooo, that is all for my latest adventures here in Honduras. My parents are coming for a visit next week to see where I am working and living so that will be cool to have them here. That's all for now folks, hope everyone is doing well!

Peace out from Honduras,
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