Sunday, October 28, 2012

Having fun with kids in La Ceiba

Jana and I decided was that in order to learn Spanish faster, is to be involved in a local activity. We started by volunteering at the local church on Sundays. We get to help with the 7-10 year olds during the 4pm service, then attend the 6pm Service ourselves.
Additionally, we volunteered at an orphanage in the afternoon. We aren't quite sure how the orphanage works, but it looks like it is a school/daycare for single moms and foster parents. The kids are younger than we expected (2-5 years old) but we are having fun playing with them. Unfortunately, they all seem to want piggy back rides, and they all want them at the same time.

We keep laughing everytime we go into stores because they are all preparing for Christmas already. Its not even Halloween, and they were erecting a giant tree in the mall on Friday.

Otherwise we are enjoying ourselves. Staying safe and healthy.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Learned my first Spanish tounge twister today

In order to help speed up and improve my annunciation, my teacher gave me my first tounge twister to memorize and practice.

Tres tristes tigres tragaban trigo en un trigal en tres tristes trastos
​En tres tristes trastos tragaban trigo en un trigal tres tristes tigres

To make things fair, I taught her one in English.

She sells seashells by the seashore.

I told her that I would say mine as quickly as she can say hers.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Our first outing

Yesterday was our first outing here in La Ceiba, we went to Pico Bonito national park. It started out as a great adventure. We walked through one of the Dole pineapple plantations to get to the mountain, I ave never seen so much pineapple before.
We stared hiking up the mountain and saw a couple of waterfalls. At the second one, Jana was brave enough to jump in and go swimming. She says it was cold, but at least she is braver than me.
We relaxed by the water and ate some food and then it started raining. After it had been raining to a while, it started really raining. Before long it stopped, then started up again. We figured it wasn't going to stop so we started walking back. We made it to the bottom completely soaked and covered in mud. I took my shirt off and had to wring out all the rain.

So, my lifelong (week-long) dream of seeing monkeys in the wild has gone without fulfillment. But it was still a fun trip and we saw lots of stuff while there

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Week 3 and still going strong

Jana and I are still enjoying everything here in Honduras. 3 weeks of Spanish classes and we are learning a lot. We may not be fully fluent by February, but we will be ready for the classrooms. I just hope our future students don't try to 'teach' us new words...

This past week has been on and off rain. Its interesting how quickly the clouds roll in and then downpour. Then, it stops raining just as quickly.

So far we have been enjoying the city of La Ceiba. We have made a few trips into the street market (quite interesting) and actually haggled with the vendors. We have also made a few trips to the beach, it was bright and sunny and no one around.
When we are near the beach we found a great restaurant named Pupuseria Universitaria. They make really great pupusas that have quickly become our favorites

Jana is making friends with every little girl around. First was Genesis (pronounced like Henesy), the grand daughter of Maria. Then there was a girl at the beach, and everywhere she goes.