As promised, here is a recap of our trip to Honduras!! I’ve decided to break it down into a couple of posts. We have a lot to share with you!
To start, Honduras is located in Central America between Guatemala and Nicaragua. We flew in and out of Tegucigalpa, the capital. We spent the majority of our time in Comayagua, which is where our mom is from and is an hour drive from Tegucigalpa. We also took a short trip to Tela where we stayed at a beach resort for one night. We were there for a total of 10 days, but in reality 2 of those were travel days, so we only had 8 days to spend with family. Next time, we will have to plan a longer trip so we can explore more areas of Honduras!
Some of you may or may not know, but Honduras has a bad reputation. It is a very poor country with corruption, drugs and other issues. We were a little worried at first, but obviously did not let the reputation stop us from going. Like any country or even city in the U.S., there are nice areas and not so nice areas. Honduras is no different. We saw a range of poor to fancy. You just have to do your research and know what to expect in any city or country you visit! Of course it is always good to know a local. Our family knew where to go and what to do along with what to stay away from, so we did not have to worry as much. 🙂
We did not plan much of anything in advance for this trip. We stayed with our grandmother (Mami Olga) and did not have to worry about lodging. We did not reserve our night at the resort until the day before. I usually like to plan as much as I can in advance, but I just went with the flow for this one and it was pretty nice.
Our itinerary went like this: We landed a little after noon on a Tuesday. We stayed in Comayagua a couple of nights, drove to Tela for 1 night, and then returned to Comayagua for the weekend and remainder of the trip. We have a huge family (my mom is 1 of 12) so we were pretty busy every day visiting with various family/friends while in Comayagua.
We loved seeing all of our family, getting to know them outside of Facebook, and practicing our Spanish with them. Some family spoke a little bit of English, but the majority knew very little English which forced us to practice. I really enjoyed it! I already feel like my Spanish has improved even though it was such a short visit. Now I need to keep it up!
As I mentioned before, my mom is 1 of 12 siblings. There are 21 grandchildren and 9 (and counting) great-grandchildren! That isn’t even including my mom’s cousins and their kids. Most of the family lives in Comayagua, while others are in San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa or the U.S.
So, it is currently the dry season in Honduras. The city of Comayagua (and I am sure other cities) follows a schedule for this season in order to reserve water. The different neighborhoods of the city only get water for a couple of hours a day, the same time each day. Most families have a “pila” which is a large stone sink that they keep filled with water to use when the city water is not running. If you want to bathe, you would need to fill a bucket with water from the pila, heat it on the stove (if desired) and then use a smaller cup or bucket to pour the water on yourself. I remember not understanding how to do this when I was visiting almost 20 years ago. I was 11 years old and I remember they gave me this huge bucket to go bathe with. I pretty much tried to get into the bucket to wash myself!! I felt silly afterwards when I realized the easier way to do it. It can be funny how that works sometimes. I had never had to bathe in that way before, and to them it was just a regular occurrence.
My grandmother has since upgraded and actually has a water tank that fills up when the water is running so that when it isn’t, you can still shower, wash dishes etc. You can see the bottom of the tank in the top right of the picture below.
As you can also see in the photo above, they do not have a dryer (most families don’t). They did have a washer for larger items, but they still washed a lot of items by hand. We jumped in on the action and washed our clothes by hand while we were there too.
The “downtown” of Comayagua (and most cities we visited) is considered the center plaza where a Cathedral is located. There are restaurants and shops around the perimeter, and a park like area that may have a fountain or other garden decorations. They are usually the center for large festivals and holiday celebrations. Our family lived 2 blocks away from this cathedral.
To be honest, I do not have a lot of pictures of the sites since we did not do a lot of site seeing. Plus I sort of suck at taking photos. I forget to take them and when I do, I time it just riiiight. Like the guy in the picture below, or the truck that pulls up at the perfect moment (not pictured).
However, I hope you enjoy the photos I do have, all were taken on my phone so they are not the best quality. I plan on investing in a camera for my next trip and will work on taking more and better timed pictures. 😉
That is all I have for Part 1 of the Recap. Part 2 will include food, so be on the look out for that!