Two Deaths Later we arrive at Copan

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Nov 04, 2008

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Patty - $20 double, ensuite, tv, no hot water, clean

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Having exploited all of Gracias, we decided to make our way to Copan Roins. We were actually woken up around 4am with a series of disorganised crackers and fireworks. Then the church bells started ringing - probably some religious festivity, either that or the vikings were attacking.
There was some sort of connection with the children in the town that day. They were all dressed as "tramps"...believe it or not, in a town were tramps are not hard to be imitated!
Anyway we took a bus that went directly via Santa Rosa to La Entrada ($3.5 US per person), where we had to change bus to Copan.
Our guidebook decribed this ride as "pleasent and scenic", so we knew it would be a mountain road. It was anything but pleasant.
Our driver must have been full of testosterone, so he was speeding and taking the curves really in full speed...except when he was on the phone, then he slowed down a bit, so we were even happy to see him on the phone. After 10 minutes ride we passed an accident. Two pick-ups on the side of the road. On one pick-up there was an obviously dead person, covered in blood. No one attended him, the crowd was watching something or someone in front of the car, proably another person. We will never know.
So this incident made us hope that the driver would slow down, seeing that he could involve us in an accident.,
But oh no. This asshole (sorry, Vero writing, I just need to call him that) speeded all the way to La Entrada.
Just when we entered this busy town, the assitant came to us to show us where to get off and to catch the other bus. Vero got up, and had to hold on as the bus was breaking heavily. Then we drove over something, bumpy.
Turned out, it was one of that many children riding their bilkes. We waited for a few seconds on the bus, while outside people were gathering behind the bus. After our experience with the accident in Ecuador, Vero thought she might be able to give First Aid, as normally no one does. She was proud to have her little First Aid Kit this time in the daypack...very naively, she stepped out of the bus and turned to the back, so she could see the victim.
It was an approx 15 year old boy. The injuries to the head made it very clear, that no First Aid Kit in the world would help this kid. He was dead.
More shocking then the actual dead kid we found the reaction of the crowd, especially the children. No one kept them away. They were staring, even smiling. They must have confused it with one of this hideous action films.
One woman even stuck food in Vero´s face to sell it.
Vero told Marcos not to look, and the assitant arrived, gave us our bags and sent us away. Vero was quite in a state, and started saying that the driver was driving like a madman, the assitant said it was the kid's fault, as he was driving his bike in the wrong direction. He did not see the accident, as we were both at the back of the bus, so it is the word of a crazy driver to ...well no one´s. Marcos had to be firm and take Vero away, so she would not get involved, as she felt hitting the driver, certainly not helpful in a coutry, where the police is walking towards an incident like this with their impressive machine guns, as if they had a stroll in the park.
So what did we do? We went on with our travel. Walked a few meters, bought a sugary coke to calm the nerves and hopped on the next bus to Copan Ruinas (90 Lempiras - $2.5 pp).
There we arrived one hour later, checked in our hotel and had a huge fatty pizza at "Pizza Copan" (terrible place) with huge greasy pizzas for $10. Could fill an entire army with colesterol.
Luckily the next day culture was waiting for us to take our mind of this terrible day. Also luckily, we hit on a good hotel (although they have the annoying problem of having no water in the mornings...and that means none...either for showers or for other private activities). However it does have large rooms and beds...and very clean.
In the evening we were caught in our hotel without being able to get out, as when it starts raining around 5pm in this region, it does not stop...and we are talking heavy rains!
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