A real update

Trip Start Jan 31, 2007
Trip End May 14, 2007

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Hello family and friends!
Finally a spare moment to collect my thoughts and put them into a legitimate update of what's been going on here in Honduras.

It's hard to believe that tomorrow will be 2 weeks since our arrival here! In some ways it seems like it's been a month, and then in others, it seems like only days.  Regardless, I am finally starting to feel adjusted to life here, and little be little falling in love with this country.
I won't lie, my first few days here were not easy ones.  I live with a family of 7, and not being able to understand 3/4 of what was being said to me didn't always make things easy.  But luckily, my 10 year old neice and my sister-in-law are both fluent in English, so they help me out when things get desperate... but don't worry, they don't let me talk in English unless it's necessary!

Apart from thhe language barrier, I think the hardest things in adjusting to life here were FREEZING cold showers (which I try to be grateful that we have one at all), waking up at 7:30 every day (although that's late for Hondurans, thank God I got a family that sleeps in), not being able to go out much past 6:00, 3 hours of spanish class every day, getting stared at EVERYWHERE I go, getting whistled at, called at, and everythhing else from 90% of Honduran men, etc. etc.
On the positive side, the weather is just GORGEOUS (think July/August in MI), my family treeats me sooo well and always looks out for me, I live super close to school, another Calvin student is right next door, I have wireless in my HOUSE (my brothher is a computer programmer), and I am learning Spanish very quickly.
my neighbor and friend slyvi and I:

My mama is learning more and more every day my taste in food, and even went out last weekend and bought me black beans even though no one else in the house eats them! So instaed of refried beans (NOT my favorite), I've had black beans for supper every night this week (my favorite food ever).

Our first weekend here we traveled up to La Tigre, a national park just outside the city for the night.  We did a lot of hiking, and heard the life story of each student in our group. It was a WONDERFUL relief from the struggles we were all feeling. We have a wonderful group of students, and it was great to get to know eachother on a more personal level.  We went on a long hike and saw a beautiful waterfall.  La Tigre used to be used by an American Mining Co. for gold mining, so there are some beautiful old buildings to explore there. 

After our first full week of classes last week, we were all feeling a bit exhausted. We're cramming all of our Spanish studies into one month, so we have three hours of spanish every morning, and 2 hours of development in the afternoon.  Lots of homework!  Last weekend we stayed here in Teguc.  Friday night some people went to the Discoteca, but I didn't feel quite up to thaat adventure just yet.  I went with a group of 6 to see a movie instead.  It's only about $2 to get in, and $1 for popcorn... much better than in the states! We saw Night at the Museum with Spanish subtitles. Wee all decided that's a great way to learn spanish, so I suspect many more trips to "el cine" 
On Saturday we wennt to the local agricultural fair (think a normal county fair), with our spanishh tutors.  Each oof us has been paired with a Honduran teen from Kurt and Joann's (our leaders) neighhborhhoods, to meeet twice a week to work on our spanish.  Sadly, we were theere too early to ride any rides, but we saw a lot of cows and horses!  After that, we visited "Picacho" a park up in the mountains next to Tegucigalpa where there is a GIANT statue of Jesus.  I wasn't too crazy about going at first, but it turned out to be a gorgeous park, and we had fun joking withh our tutors.  They gave all the americans nicknames, and I am priveleged eenough to have two:  "Lizzie Maguire" and "suenita" (little tired one... or somethinng)

Sunday I went to church with my family and spent the rest of the day around here.  All in all, I feel 50x better than I did a week ago, and I'm really starting to love it here. I miss everyone like crazy though!  I can feel my spanish improving daily, and hopefully by the end of this month will be able to get around a little better.
Well.... time for homework! More stories later! Let me know how you all are doing!
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