Tad and Ted Continued

Trip Start Jan 14, 2007
Trip End Mar 05, 2007

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Friday, February 16, 2007

So after a brief hiatus while I continued to enjoy my newfound love of scuba on Utila, Ted and I are back together, now in Zamorano.  Zamorano is a university town about 45 minutes outside of the capital Tegucigalpa.  The university sits in a mountain valley and specializes in agricultural studies.  Given that, the food here is fresh, delicious and plentiful!  Even the vegetables, which is a very rare thing in Central America!  You have no idea how much more I appreciate good, fresh vegetables now!  Guatemala was horrible for roughage.  I arrived here yesterday after a day long boat/bus ride from Utila/La Ceiba.  Utila was fantastic, esp. the scuba diving (check out the new pix from my wreck dive on Tuesday).  I really, really love scuba diving.  I mean, who knew?  Granted, I have been diving in some of the best conditions and locations IN THE WORLD.  There is a ton to see, from fish, to beautiful coral to amazing underwater rock formations.  And the clarity of the water makes a huge difference.  But what I really love is the ability to FLY.  As many of you know, I used to fly planes.  But scuba is flying WITHOUT the plane!  I can only explain it like this:  imagine walking down the street and by simply taking a deep breath, you start to rise above the street, the trees, and are suddenly looking down on the earth, coming face to face with the birds.  Then with a simple exhale, you begin a gentle descent.  When you really want to play, you use your body to twist upside down, flipping through the sky.  That's scuba except you are exploring a totally different world, underwater!  The best sales pitch for scuba is this:  "Listen, you'll never be an astronaut, so if you want to fly, this is it!"  Yes, indeed!  Okay, enough gushing about scuba.  Back to Ted and Tad.  Zamorano - the town revolves around the University.  Ted's school, The Alison Bixby Stone School (La Escuelita), is an elementary school primarily for the children of the professors and administrators at the university.  Ted teaches 5th and 6th grade literature and social studies.  Most classes at the school are taught entirely in English and the kids speak very well.  Today, the entire school was competing in a national, bilingual spelling bee.  I was dubbed the "special guest judge."  Given my lack of spelling prowess, the irony of this title is pretty clear.  I tried my best to emulate vice-principal skinner from "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."  We had some high drama in both bees.  The 6th grade winner, Ernesto, was a dark horse, who had just started speaking English two years ago!  Wow, can you imagine winning a Spanish spelling competition two years after learning the language?!  Amazing.   It was also amazing to watch Tedster teach.  He is a really, really good teacher.  He is that favorite teacher who was enthusiastic, fun, organized, smart and tough.  Its a great thing to watch someone do what they are born to do.  And Tedster is born to teach. 

Tad and Ted back together again. As spelling bee judges in a bilingual school in Honduras.  Love it.  Who would have thunk it?
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skeithly on

Sick at work in Seattle
Hey Tad -

Great to read your blog - sorry I haven't sent a message until now but you've probably been busy enjoying the waters and jungles of C. America anyway. It's definitely uplifting to read about scuba diving in the tropics while I'm here sitting at a desk with a nasty head cold. Looking forward to plying the cold waters of the Pac NW when you get back! Say hi to Ted for me.


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