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Old 12-01-2015, 11:19 AM
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Down in Honduras right now. Spending a few days visiting family and friends. When I start looking at locations, will post some pics.
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Awesome Jeff!!
Have a good time and take care.
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Due to cable problems I am not able to load pictures until I return to the U.S.. So I will try to convey life here with words.

First, most people her do not own cars so transport is mostly by bus and taxis. About 1/3 of all traffic in the cities are taxis, with about another 1/3 being commercial or government vehicles of one sort or the other. Many 'private' vehicles are often owned in common by a village or community for transport. The streets are thus crowded with pedestrians, taxis and commercial vehicles as well as horses and mules. The metro and barrios are still very dangerous for Americans to move about freely, especially at night. Since most Hondurans believe all Americans are rich, we are prime targets for robbery and assault.

Second, life in the cities and the barrios (suburbs?/sub city?) are not a lot like what we expect in the US. While there are some areas where life approaches close to the US, most is vastly different. Drinking water has to be purchased here, and water for household use otherwise is limited. Every house, apartment, business, etc, has a cistern for storing water for a minimum of two days. This is because water is often limited to every other day and usually early in the evenings for a few hours. Showers, if people have them, are gravity fed and only have limited and localized heating. Many families here still cook primarily with wood. almost all families have wood stoves, usually of cement or plaster, along with a store of firewood. That is because electric service, while generally available, can become sporadic for almost any reason at all.

My family here has a small pulperia, selling poultry for cooking, condiments, matches, bread and other small items. While there are supermarkets, they are generally fairly expensive and used only for items that can't be acquired thru other venues. Coffee, of course is cheap here, as it is a locally produced crop. Also, bananas, mangoes, coconuts and other tropical fruits are common and cheap. A staple here is the red bean. It is used to make re-fried beans, for soups and stews and in several dishes much like we use other vegetables in the states.

Talking with one of my wife's cousins also gave me a perspective on the differences in wages and lifestyles. She is a departmental manager for a large and well known chain store here. It is generally considered a good paying job, much better than many others. As a result she makes the princely sum of 5000 lempira a week. This is about $225.00 a week. Since a person can live here comfortably on about $800.00 a month, she is fairly well off.
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Thank you for the description. Have fun and be safe.
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I had forgotten about this thread. My apologies.

Will post some pics. Some of these are recent, others older, but still applicable.
Pictures of the Cathedral of Comoyagua.
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More of the Cathedral. I apologize for the blurring, but I won't use flash in someone else's holy place. Matter of respect for them.
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Pictures from the bell tower and of the oldest working clock in the Americas. Second oldest in the world.
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cool pics. fun-fun
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