20.01.2012 - 09.02.2012
Sorry it has been so long since we have written. We hope you are all well!
So our first chapter of backpacking, from Venezuela to Nicuragua, concluded with sitting in a beach side bar, drinking rum with a dude from Switzerland and spotting Hump Back whales on the horizon jumping, diving and splashing. An incredible experience we were very lucky! Lewy then stayed camping on the beach for the week whilst I travelled to Honduras.
It was a long bus ride of 15 hours, 3 hours being stuck in a ridiculous traffic jam due to a huge road accident. This meant that I missed the time slot for my accommodation. Luckily a really lovely Brazilian lady called Claer (turns out she lives in the same town as me now) took me with her to her hotel and fed me food and told me all about Honduras. She doesn't speak a word of English so spoke the whole way in "Spanish". She kept cracking up when i came out with made up words! She is a really lovely lady and does allot of work in the community here feeding local families and buying school books for the children.
The Spanish school that I went to was pretty much a waste of money and I didn't learn as much as I hoped. However I stayed the week with another student, a 56 year old retired policeman and professional body builder from Quebec (random and he only spoke French!) He shared his work with me and we studied for 6 hours everyday so I cant say the week was a waste of time. Travelling on my own for the week was fun and using my fantastical Spanish (!) was great experience, but I did miss my partner in fun a wee bit ... especially when a cockroach landed on my cheek in the middle of the night ha!
Life in Honduras began in Pizza Hut (would you belive)
So Lewy and I reunited in the shopping 'Mal' in La Ceiba, Honduras. He looked tired and a bit homeless after a 5.30am start two days in a row and so we had a coffee before buying a 'cell phone' and meeting Anne who was picking us up to take us to our new home. I am putting all new American vocabulary in quotation marks.
Anne is a very happy 71 year old lady from Toronto, with large colourful hats, she is very kind and would do anything for us. She took us to Pizza hut for lunch before taking us to El Porvenir and our new apartment.
Our apartment is a third of the size of the one in Reading, its basically one cute room with a little wooden cubicle for the bathroom in the middle and a row of worktops with a fridge, microwave and hotplate for the kitchen. Anne has spent a while doing it up for us so its nice and colourful. We even have cushions! Our apartment is attached to one of the main volunteer houses. In there are two Scottish girls from Aberdeen and Fife, a girl called Alex from Surrey (wooo brits!), two American year old boys who are both very sweet and one of them is a sponsored skate boarder which Lewy's pretty happy about. There is also Armede who is also American, but she is pretty cool and her accent isn't irritating so we like her There are also two other volunteer houses.
For the first week we just chilled out. We live a 1.5 minute walk form the beach. All the kids here scream hello at us and they are ridiculously cute and boystress! There is sooo much fruit here so our diets are very healthy and although there is a lot of poverty here in El Porvenir everyone is really friendly and cheery and social. Here people, dogs, cats, horses, pigs and sheep really do all live united as one! A lot of kids don't go to school here, but most do most of the time, some houses are made of concrete and coloured- some are wooden shacks with four peices aluminium sheets for a toilet out side. There are some huge big mansions here and then right next door people washing their clothes in the river and houses without windows and doors and windows. But all the children here are so cheery and love showing us their houses and introducing us to their family and pets.