Yo Yoing Through Honduras

Trip Start Aug 09, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, January 9, 2009

We have been bouncing back and forth through Honduras between small towns and tourist attractions.  The landscape here is beautiful and full of greenery and trees.  I really love the local buses through Central America.  As I have said before the old US school buses aka ¨chicken buses¨ are the main transportation for most locals and the cheapest therefore it is our mode of transportation. 

It is hard to paint a picture of the activity and colorful people on the buses.  There are vendors all over the inside and outside of the buses selling whatever you can think of.  They get on and off everytime the buses stops to drop off and pick up people and run along side as it slows down selling their goods through the windows.  A lot of drinks and food.  Many drinks come in plastic bags with straws sticking out of them (homemade fruit juices) and fresh cut fruits or fried chicken lunches in plastic bags.  One of my favorites are the fried bananas and homemade potato chips.  Many of these vendors are unfortunately young children.  Also for sale is whatever else you can think of belts, underwear, watches, phone chargers, you name it.  There is almost always a form of entertainment or as I call it local infomercials with men giving a sales pitch for vitamins or books.  We even had a clown come on and entertain the children. 

The buses roll through the streets belching their smog into the air and chugging along.  I have learned not to look at the tires of the buses before I get on as most of them are bald - I mean nothing left.  The grinding of the gears is a noise I know well now and expect to hear.  Vehicle upkeep is not something that is known well in these parts.  Either is safety.  They install long, metal bars across the length of the roof of the bus for people to hold on to and those go smack through the middle of the emergency doors. 

Our Spanish has gotten a lot better (though still elementary) and we are using it almost constantly.  I do most the talking and Jeremy does most the listening.  I have a very hard time understanding but Jeremy is pretty good at it.  Many of the young vendors will come on the bus and see us and sit and stare at us.  Now at least we can have a bit of a conversation with them and just smiling breaks their seriousness.  They will laugh and laugh and ask all kinds of questions.  Many are pretty taken with Jeremy´s blonde hair and blue eyes let alone his tatoos when he has shorts on. 

I laughed hard with the realization that we are getting accustomed to life here when Jeremy said ¨at least it is a quiet bus station¨ when we were awoken early to the bus station behind our hotel.  Onward we go......
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