Friday, July 31, 2009

Back in Honduras!

We got back to Honduras today after our nice vacation :) I wanted to show pictures of the capital, because it is covered in grafitti. These pictures are just a few I took in one taxi ride. I've never seen so much grafitti in my life. The majority of the graffitti appears to be pro ex president. "Fuera golpista" is one of the most common phrases. This means get out coup, doesn't sound as good in English.

I was impressed with this graffitti. This is a picture of a dominoes, but I cropped out the rest so you could see the pictures. Someone actually made stamps or something, because these little pictures were everywhere!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I can only upload 4 pics at a time!!

More island pictures

We've been trying out all the recommended restaraunts. This one is called Penca, we had our own tiki roof.

This big bird was super close to us, and didn't move. We think it was either dying or guarding a nest.

More fun on the island.
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More highlights

This is us on the Causeway. It's a long road that goes out to a couple of islands. Lots of people like bike riding and jogging on it.

This is the view from the top of our hotel... that's the ocean near the buildings.

We took a ferry to an island!

This is the private beach we found on our island!
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GORILLA ATTACK IN THE GIANT MALL!! (which had a Cinnabon)
We're about to get soaked!!
In the rainforest in the middle of the city!
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Panama City


This is Kalin in the Car after her surgery.
She showed amazing self control to watch the doctor bring
that scapel into her eyelid.

She is doing good now.

She will probably update more thoroughly later.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Going to Panama!

Hey guys! Bert and I are going to Panama Wednesday for my surgery!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Trip to Tegucigalpa!

This is a super ugly picture of my eye...just so you know how ugly I feel. Nicknames for my chalazion: hijo, ojon (huge eye)
Honduran causes for stys: Too much mantequilla (sour cream), I watched a dog pooping, Someone told me a secret and the secret passed from my ear to my eye, I touched a frog
Honduran methods for curing stys: Pass a cat tale over it, lick your finger get some friction and touch it to your eye, eat carrots, stick ear wax on my eye

So this blog comes from the capital! I am in the peace corps office using the internet. I finally got to come for my eye appointment! So I left yesterday at 5:30 a.m. and arrived here at about 2ish. We took a trip to the mall here and stumbled upon WALMART!!! You can't believe how excited I was to have options!! Here are some things that I bought that made me really happy:

Dr. Pepper!!
Dove dark chocolate!
Brownie mix
Hypoallergenic pillows!
A measuring cup!

We also dined at TGIFridays which was splendid. Oh and the specialness of this trip to the capital is that one of my favorite people in Peace Corps has decided to end her service and go home, and I get to hang out with her for her final days in the country!!! So last night we went to a fancy place and all split a delicious margherita pizza! Today we ate at Mcdonalds :) And the results of my exam: my eye has a chalazion. His recommendation: surgery/lancing/cutting it open. However you want to call it. I don't know where this would take place, so we'll see! Also my family was very concerned that what I had was Chagas, a parasite that has almost no symptoms except eye swelling and it attacks your heart in about 10 or 20 years and you die. So, I had a blood test taken to put their worried minds at ease. I'll get the results soon! Oh also, about 5 volunteers on the north coast are getting moved to different cities because of an increase in drug trafficking. Eek! And there have been no more sitings of the crazy dogs that attacked me, they have been kept in their house. Kind of a disappointment because we've been ready to beat them with rocks every time we pass.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Bad Day

I just wanted to gripe - Today on the way to work I got attacked by three dogs. I was just minding my own business walking in the middle of the road far away from anybody's "territory" and three large dogs started barking at me. Usually if you ignore them, they forget about you, so I just ignored them and kept walking, but they got closer and so I started to run, and a dog bit my skirt and pulled me and I was freaking out and screaming and nobody was around. So just when I thought I was going to die and be mauled by 3 large dogs, my mototaxi in shining armor came along and gave the dogs a "chih. chih." and they backed off. I ran sobbing into the mototaxi until I was sure the dogs weren't going to eat me. Then I was so shaken (I feel stupid now) I cried til I got to work. Then about two hours later, my good old laptop decided to freeze on me and hasn't turned back on since. On top of all this I have about 100 mosquito bites all over me, they are particularly concentrated on my elbows. But I finally have an appointment for my eye on Tuesday and 3 of my favorite people in peace corps will be going with me so, yay! So tomorrow, Hot dogs, anyone?

Monday, July 6, 2009

6 hours from Teguz

Entonces, Life here is almost normal, aside from the fact that everyone is watching TV and or listening to news on the radio and that I'm not sure if the kids have had school to go to in a while, oh and our government mandated curfew - last night 6:30 pm. So seeing how I have internet i thought I would post some pictures to add some color to the blog.

This one from the US vs Honduras Game - Hoy si Papa