We awakened earlier this morning to get our bags out by 6:00. We ate breakfast, then had a devotional in front of the dorms and said our goodbyes to the staff, then we were on our way. We made a mid-morning stop in Jutecalpa for bathrooms and snacks, then again on our way to Tegucigalpa. We arrived at the Mennonite bakery for lunch. They served various things, but I got tilapia (which we had seen the ponds on thee way in). We realized that the cafe wasn’t as full as it should have been, then we found out that the other bus was broken down on the side of the road. Our bus had gone after the other passengers. They arrived quite a bit later, so we had time to shop around a little. Then it was off again to the capital city. We arrived pretty early this time — about 3:30, but traffic was a nightmare, so we didn’t arrive at the Hotel Maya until about 4:00. We were to be in the lobby at 5:20 to make a trip to Casa Alianza (Covenant House in Atlanta), which is a home for trafficked and street kids up to 18. We arrived at exactly the right time – 6:00, then were herded into a courtyard to see the various skills that these kids were learning. We observed a barber shop and a hair salon. I believe there w vocations that we were to observe, but suddenly without warning, we heard loud drumming. Then we saw the drummers coming down the stairs and behind them, boys on walking sticks with elaborate costumes on. I felt that I was at Mardi Gras. There was dancing in the courtyard for quite a long time, then we were herded into a staging area, where the children would perform. They had several skits, dancing, live statues, etc., most of which were. About 8:00 we were taken to a dining room where we had a wonderful meal and were treated to a powerpoint about the House. We went back to say goodbye to the children and, after some confusion, were escorted back to our buses. We arrived at the hotel about 9:30 and were unbelievably tired. Our plan is to have breakfast in the morning and then Cindy Wilson and I will say our goodbyes to everyone. We hope our rental car will have arrived at the hotel by 9:00. After our trip through Tegucigalpa on the way in, it will be interesting if we can make it out of town. It is a city full of crazy drivers. I’m not really sure about the street markings either. I guess we’ll find out.
We did not have a good internet connection while at the ranch; however, I continued to keep a diary of the days events. I am hopeful that our connections will be better while on the second leg of our trip, but I am not counting on that. Our plan is to drive to Copan ruins (Mayan) and maybe make a stop or two along the way. We should make it before nightfall. Then we’ll find our hotel and get a bite to eat. It is supposed to be 100 degrees for the next 3 days there, so we ought to get our warm weather in for the rest of the fall season. We’re due back in Teguc Monday night.
Until I’m able to connect again……..