Bad, it´s all bad here! (with poo update)

Trip Start Jun 14, 2005
Trip End Aug 09, 2005

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Saturday, July 16, 2005

We were told that Central American capital cities were to be avoided at all cost, and this really is no joke. Within an hour of arriving in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa we were a mess. Crime, drugs and prostitution are rife among the uneducated masses. I blame the Government for the illiteracy - if I lived here and was asked to spell my capital city at 10 years old I would have left school too.
After checking into our hotel, Heather and I, joined by a pair of antipodeans jumped into a cab to get some food (we bonded with these 2 on the bus while discussing why exactly one of the wheels was cracked right down the middle and we seemed still to be driving). Maybe we were slightly foolish to say ´do you know of a restaurant in town´ to the cabbie but we were hungry and tired. All we knew was ´don´t go over the bridge´, a bridge which seems to bisect the city into the baddies and the not so baddies. On crossing the bridge, we frantically blurted out mangled Spanish and the cabbie u-turned immediately helped by Woody´s hand on the wheel. Our shady Chinese restaurant we were dropped off at contained bad food and even worse diners. One particularly sour customer had to be dragged back by his girlfriend after losing his rag at Woody for smiling at him (note, smile at no-one). After finishing the burnt rice and chicken feet, we climbed over the bodies of tramps laying in the street and jumped in a cab leaving the dark, rainy streets and its grouchy inhabitants to their shady dealings.
Back in the hotel (not hotel in the usual sense, more hotel in the sense of toilet) we were immediately harassed by a staggeringly drunk local woman who decided it would be a great idea to ask Heather and I to come home with her. Maybe she had leaky pipes but I certainly was in no mood to perform my plumbing skills tonight. It´s bed (or, brown sponge thing) for us thanks love.
´Will you be staying another night Sir?´ Not on your nelly mate!

PS (poo situation), Heather: Nocturnal rumblings, Woody: Stalemate
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Hawk on

I have been to Tegus and don' agree with this post. yes there are plenty of "baddies" in Tegus but there are also ALOT of nice people and you won't be harrassed, maimed, robbed or murdered for smiling at someone. Yes, not a good idea to cross the river or go to the market w/o a local but would you do these things in NYC? Use some common sense and you can enjoy Tegus just fine even with the lack of tourist attractions. BTW...didn't see a single prostitute while there and why were you "looking" for them?

Erich on

Have been to Tegus many times, and they indeed have great hotels and fantastic restaurants. Obviously, if you want to pay $10 a night you wont be at a Hilton !!

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