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Honduras Honduras and Guatemala 2005

Photo Shoot

Happy Birthday Pop!

Much better day weather-wise, so the digging wasn’t going too badly. Guillermo came along and took some photos of us digging and working. You so can’t tell that we’re posing! Then he and one of the local guys took us up to the water tank for more photos, and then to another house to finish their pipe and start covering it back up. It took quite a while, so we were all a little late getting back for lunch.

I went to ViaVia after lunch cuz they have some travel info on a notice board and a few leaflets. I also had the worst cup of coffee ever there. Bumped into Jimmy in Café Welchez later, and chatted to him for a while. Robin and I met Jimmy at Tunkul’s later cuz it was her last night, and we had the pleasure of meeting a scary Columbian guy. Ok, so he wasn’t really scary, he seemed like a nice guy, but he was kinda intense and that scared me since I was sat next to him. Glad Jimmy was there!

Honduras Honduras and Guatemala 2005

Cheap Cuba Libres

Harry Potter was on TV when I left the house this morning: didn’t want to drag myself away! Weekends are very slow here, and it was especially quiet today for some reason unknown to us. I tried to upload photos onto the website, but the internet crashed every time.

Robin and I had a look around the handicrafts market after lunch, which took us all of about 30 minutes. We sat in Café Welchez for ages and ages reading.

Cafe Welchez

We met Jimmy and new girl Lauren on our way over to Tunkul’s that night, and hung out with them. After a few drinks we decided to check out a Halloween party we’d been told about. It was mostly gringos, and we were the only ones not dressed up! Some people put a lot of effort into their costumes too. There were about five Wonder Womans and a guy dressed as Wonder Bread, which seems to be something North American, since I was the only one who didn’t understand. After a few minutes we decided we were far too sober for this, and headed back to Tunkul’s.

Managed to get five Cuba Libres for 125 Lempiras: that’s less than 5 quid.

Honduras Honduras and Guatemala 2005

My Achy Breaky Hands

Woke up at 5:45am, like I do every morning and lay in bed until 6:15am. My hands have a habit of seizing up while I’m asleep and I use this time to try to stretch them back into their proper position. Fucking hurts. My muscles are getting used to the work after five days, and the skin on my hands is starting to toughen, but I hate having to stretch my hands!

We started work on House #4 today. We have two concrete walls to get underneath. Guillermo showed up after an hour or so and told us the trench in House #2 needed to be deeper and then he’d show us how to put the pipes in. So we dug deeper, we watched, and then we covered it all back up.

The lady of the house made us a cup of coffee straight from the harvest. It was kinda nutty, but certainly the best cup of black coffee I’ve had here.

We went back to House #4 and got another hour of digging in. The ground isn’t too bad so far: not filled with rocks like the other three houses we’ve done. And the walls aren’t very deep: Keith’s already got underneath one of them.

Nothing to do this afternoon, so watched A Time to Kill dubbed in Spanish whilst reading it English, and then went to some café and had a yummy Piña Liquado con Leche. Robin and I went to Tunkul’s, which was dead cuz of some Peace Corps party which was warming up in ViaVia. So we went there for one but weren’t really up for a big night out. Watched The Day After Tomorrow when I got home. Awesome film.

Cafe ViaVia and Tunkul’s
Honduras Honduras and Guatemala 2005

Films

Whiled away my morning watching Mighty Ducks 3 and Man on Fire. Mmm…Denzel Washington. Robin and I went to find somewhere serving breakfast, but everywhere starts serving lunch by 11.30am here. We both felt kinda bad cuz in Copan the host family makes meals for you everyday, but in Antigua you get your own food on Sundays. So neither of us showed up for breakfast or lunch that day!

I watched yet another film (Home Fries), and we thought we’d be going to the bird sanctuary, but no such luck. We went to Café Welchez and read for a while.

Came home and watched Erin Brokovich and Se7en dubbed. That was interesting. Then we went to Tunkul’s for a couple of beers. Met the Nicaraguan guy on our way out and said goodbye cuz he leaves tomorrow. Hoped to see Jimmy out but there weren’t many people around.

Another slow day, so I’ll tell you about licuados. Licuados are really yummy drinks, made in a liquidiser, usually with fruit, but you can get chocolate or cereal too. The licuado con leche is basically a milkshake, but made fresh and with real fruit, and they are divine. Especially the pineapple one.

Honduras Honduras and Guatemala 2005

Slow Day

Woke up this morning to find some bug has basically walked along my leg and bitten me seven times. Four of them are in a straight line.

Spent two and a half hours updating my blog and then went to Café Welchez and read and listened to my MP3 player.

Went to Tunkul’s with Robin for a couple and met Jimmy and his Nicaraguan friend whose name I can’t remember. He said he loves the way I talk! Ramon apologized for being very drunk on Friday night – think he was quite embarrassed! Everyone was getting at us for going home early and not going dancing. On our walk back through the square, there was a group of guys playing instruments to nobody. Just stood there playing at 11pm. Only in Copan!

Slow day so I’ll take this opportunity to tell you about tuk-tuks. A tuk-tuk is a taxi which is basically a scooter on stabilisers, with a cage, seats and a canvas roof. There were tuk-tuks in Antigua too, but I think they’re more obvious here cuz Copan is so small. They go about 15mph, and are one of the best ways to get around. They’re really cheap, but they charge per person so the drivers try to get as many people in as possible. You can get about five people in plus the driver. Maybe up to eight if there are kids. But then, these people can get four passengers on a scooter.

Tuk-tuk
Honduras Honduras and Guatemala 2005

Gecko In My Room/Ramon

I decided to have a change of scene today and sat in the very pretty garden at Casa de Todo (the internet café/souvenir shop/café/launderette) to do my homework. At school I told Karla about Toy Story, then we did more work on pronouns, and then moved onto the preterite tense (one of the past tenses). I was very happy. When we went to Café Welchez I even felt like I understand more already!

Karla, Robin, Edgar and I played Scrabble when we got back to school. I’m rubbish at it in this language too, although I did get a few good words which surprised me. I got stuck with the ‘z’ in the end though. I only know 4 words with ‘z’ in: luz, lapiz, nariz, (can’t remember the fourth now) and I didn’t have any vowels!

I was held hostage in my bathroom today by a spider. He’s determined to stay, but I don’t want him there. So I just have a really good look for him before I touch anything in there. A gecko has also decided to inhabit my room. Geckos don’t really bother me, but I don’t really want to climb into bed one night with him. And I had to kill some nasty looking bug that hitched a ride on my newly washed jeans. I’m sure it was a very small scorpion or something.

Everyone in Copan seems to go out on Friday. Much like everywhere else. Robin and I met Nat and Nicola in Café ViaVia and had a drink there, and then we all moved onto Tunkul’s next door and met lots of other people, including Francis, Maurizio, Kike, Ramon, and many others. I had a good laugh with Ramon, through my limited Spanish and his limited English. He seemed to think he was getting somewhere and told me he liked me, and a couple of seconds later, Nat pulled me to one side and told me he has a pregnant girlfriend! He was funny though so I hope we hang out again, maybe with him flirting a little less! Boys. You’re all the same. Twats. Might have to teach Ramon that word!

After Tunkul’s we walked down to Camino Maya Hotel, because it also has a discoteca underground! It was kinda boring, but it was nice to find out that some places in the world still play Ace of Base in 2005.

Honduras Honduras and Guatemala 2005

Tunkul’s

We went swimming again in the morning. We’re not sure if we should be bothered by the lack of guests in the hotel, or if it’s just low tourist season. At least we have the pool to ourselves though!

I looked over my homework before school to try to spot any errors. Less mistakes than yesterday which was good, but did reflexive verbs which I’ve already done in Antigua, and they’re kinda pointless. Karla wants me to talk more, but I don’t feel like I’m learning anything I can drop into conversation, and I’m not learning how to ask questions either.

Robin and Edgar went to the mechanics to pick up Edgar’s car, so Karla and I went to Café Welchez by ourselves. I met two other students of Karla’s: Jimmy and William, who are from the Deep South. William is even a hunter by profession. They’re nice guys though, and invited me to Tunkul’s Bar later for drinks.

Robin needed a coffee after school so we went back to Café Welchez, and some guy who is related to the family Robin is staying with paid for our drinks before he left. Robin and I went to Tunkul’s later and hung out with Jimmy, William and a few others for a couple of hours. I think we needed it: both feeling a bit down! And Jimmy paid for our drinks there, so I didn’t pay for much today!