Monday, September 30, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
I'm feeling sick, but I can't tell if it's because of climate changes or allergies, or if I actually have something. Since I only have two bug bites, I doubt it's malaria.
Now that we've had a week to adjust *sort of* we are starting our new schedule this week. Can you believe we only arrived a week ago? It feels like a really long time.
Today we ran our errands. This started with going to the ATM at the closest bank and pulling out all our money for the week, plus enough to fill our Internet SIM card, because apparently watching Netflix is a really good way to go through your internet allowance for the month. More on the Netflix later.
Then we went to the Pharmacia Kielsa to try to fill Zach's Rx without a prescription. Not surprisingly, they didn't care we don't have a written prescription. The biggest problem was translating the generic name into Spanish, then figuring out which of the two different packages was the one we actually wanted. So we got that figured out, then they had us wait. Still not exactly sure why, but I think they had to run to the Pharmacia Simon two doors down to get some more because they were out. So they had us come up to the counter again. Then go back to the wall. Then we went up to the counter and she took my debit card, and as she swiped it, the power went out. So we waited some more. The power came back on, she rebooted her computer and took my debit card again, power went back out. Ok, let's see if we have enough cash. Now, this particular medication, without insurance, costs like $10 in the States. Surely the amount of cash we just got from the ATM will cover it. Well, yes it did, but we were literally counting out our last few lempiras, which to put it into perspective, was like rooting around for the last 20 cents you know is in your purse somewhere. So. Back to the ATM.
Did I mention the power had gone out? The ATM decided to freeze, so we had to go into the bank. At the bank are the typical guards with guns that you see outside pretty much every store, and like pretty much every store, they used the metal-detecting wand on Zach, even making him lift up his hat and pull out his cell phone, but waved me on through with just a smile. Apparently, in Honduras, girls don't carry guns. So we wait some more. This seems to be a great Honduran custom, waiting in line. Everywhere you go, everyone does it with no complaint. It's very orderly, and quiet. Slow, but quiet. Maybe we're all just grateful for the time in an air conditioned building. So we get to the teller, and she takes my debit card, and swipes it on a credit card machine, essentially just making a purchase for the amount of cash I want. Interesting method, I like it. Too bad places in the States won't do that.
Next to the pulperia to get saldo for the interwebs. I got distracted by a kitten under the table, which kept trying to eat my fingers instead of letting me pet it. O well.
Then down the street, past all the honking taxis, on the way to Maxi Dispensa. Apparently we haven't been gone too long, I still remember the hand gesture to tell the taxi driver we don't need him. It still cracks me up that every taxi in line will honk at us, after having seen us wave off the last one. The one place I never see a taxi waiting is at the Maxi Dispensa. At all the other markets, there are a couple taxis parked and waiting, but never there. Hmm weird.
O Maxi Dispensa, how I've missed you. I can't find plain salt, and your brown sugar comes in hard rocks, but you're full of interesting things to look at, and your alcohol aisle is never empty. Not that I need the alcohol, but it's fun to look at.
Also...new fruit! Well, actually, it's not new. We saw it last time we were here, but usually on the ground and flattened, this time it was at the store and looked edible, so we picked some up. This is called rambutan.
It looks like something my parents took me to pick one time in California, that was called gooseberries or elderberries, I don't remember. It was spiky and weird looking, that's the point. These are actually quite pretty with their bright red coloring. And, I checked online, I think I picked some ripe ones. Here's a photo from online that shows what they look like when opened.
Our shopping choices for this week are...interesting. I feel like a kid fresh out of mom and dad's house, trying to figure out what we need to set up house. Actually, that's kinda what we are right now. Yay spaghetti and hot dogs! Thankfully, we have a good reserve of Coke that will last us at least two days.
So we are home again. Tonight we study and relax, and tomorrow starts our service week.
I just figured out how to turn my computer into a hotspot (without having to buy an adapter, I might add) so finally I can download the Watchtower to the tablet to study. We were able to get new KMs to replace ours, so I'm starting to feel whole again. We had all our materials in an envelope in a suitcase, but the envelope got soaking wet, then ripped and everything was destroyed. I'm still not sure where our Jeremiah books or songbooks are. On the bright side, we remembered to pack our personal Bibles this time. I really missed mine last year.
So..Netflix. Apparently, if you already have an account, you can use it in Honduras. The only difference seems to be that the English subtitle option disappears and is replaced with Spanish and Portuguese. I was so excited and watched a bunch of movies in bed cause I'm sick, and then remembered that although we pay for Internet a month at a time, we are only allowed to use 4 gbs each month. Of course, I did not remember this until after I had used our allotment. Oops.
The other thing I was excited about, was that we had left a bag of stuff at a sister's home here, and we got it from her a couple days ago. We had been wondering what we left, maybe there would be something cool that we had forgotten about. Nope, not really. Our laundry basket, some natural disinfecting stuff we had brought from the States that I like to use on our veggies, and Monopoly. That was the highlight. I'm glad to have those things, but everything else we kept in there, not so much. It's funny the things you think are important at the time seem like such a waste later. But hey, with Monopoly, Quelf and the Bible games we have, I think it might be time to have a game night.
My cousin in Canada sent us a message the other day. She said it was really hot the other day, it got up to 28 degrees Celsius. Funny, I set the A/C to 30 to cool down. Please, no one tell me what that equates to in Fahrenheit, I'd probably cry.
Well, I think it's time for a siesta.
Friday, September 20, 2013
It was good to see everyone again. Only a couple new faces. It was so encouraging though, one person who was studying when we left had his whole family there tonight, and gave an impromptu Bible reading. Obviously, he has really progressed.
My favorite little sister is still there. She has grown a lot. It was really cute, I told her I had a present for her but I forgot it at home, and she goes "I have a surprise for you too" and hands me a bag of chips. Yay Cheetos!
We hear there are some new laws coming through about extending visas. Not quite sure how that will affect our plans. We may have to run to Costa Rica sooner than we thought. O what a shame, more vacations lol.
I finally was able to upload a picture of my fruit from the other day. I haven't eaten it yet, I'm a little scared after the bad experience with the Mami, but they sell this at the smoothie shop, so it can't be that bad. It's called a Maracuya, I think.
Amazingly, there are hardly any bugs, and therefore, no bites. But Murphy's Law, now that I've said something...I feel itchy.
There is a new Translation Center being built somewhere in town. Our congregation is assigned to go help Monday, that should be fun.
I seriously feel like this apartment is too big. I've been looking longingly at the studio we were in before throughout the day. Maybe I'm just jealous of the porch space.
Anyway...Tonight we are going to sleep without the a/c on. We'll see how that goes.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
There were times Saturday and Sunday that I didn't think we would ever get here, but as you can see from the title of this post, I was wrong.
So...let's see, there was a delay in Denver because of the rain. We ended up getting into Los Angeles with just enough time to run to our next flight as they were boarding. Of course, since LAX is a huge airport, we landed at one terminal, had to take a bus to the next terminal, run up the escalators, and so on. There was a lady on the flight with us, who had the same problem with her DEN-MIA flight, and she was really freaking out because her sister's wedding was the next day, so Zach and I played linebackers and got her through the crowds onto the plane. It was quite the sight.
In Miami, we waited. And waited some more. The rain followed us from Colorado, so the flights were delayed because no one could go out on the tarmac. The lightening and everything had planes diverting and waiting, they even had to unload planes that were already on the runway.
We made it to San Pedro Sula about 2 pm. What kind of weather awaited us? Not rain. It was nice and sunny and hot. I was really surprised! Of course, our troubles didn't end there. They couldn't get the gangway ramp to connect to the plane so we could get off. It's kinda like they don't want us back or something.... Anyway.
While we were at the Colorado airport, I bought saldo for our Tigo SIM cards so we could use our phones right away in Honduras. So I turn on my phone....and get a bunch of error messages. So we go to the snack shop lady, and she looks at it, can't figure it out, but let's put some more saldo on it, just in case. Still doesn't work. There's no Tigo store at the airport, so what can we do?
Zach starts walking around asking people if they speak English, maybe they can help. The gentleman at the car rental place informs him that SIM cards expire after 3 months if they aren't refilled, and the number gets reused. Oops. So, to whoever got my $12.50 saldo donation, you're welcome. We bought new SIM cards, it works great. Life is good.
We took the Hedman Alas bus to La Ceiba. Those buses are nice. Air conditioning, movies, snack service, reclining seats. It was a little disconcerting though, there are shades covering all the windows, and separating you from the bus driver, so you can't see out any of the windows to tell where you are going. I kept thinking we were going to crash horribly. But we survived, and even got in early.
The first thing I noticed was how quiet it is. No taxis honking, no loud music playing. All those sounds we are used to, nothing. It was really, really weird. Finally today we went downtown and we heard those familiar sounds. What a relief.
Our apartment is huge! I mean, anything would feel big after living in a camping trailer for a year, but this place is big. it even has a walk in closet. Plus, there's a pull out couch, in case anyone wants to visit.
So far it has been hot and muggy with lots of clouds, but no rain. I'm a little disappointed.
I just figured out how to connect both computers to the internet, but have yet to figure out how to get the phones connected. It's rather annoying, but I shall prevail! Alternatively, I shall buy a wireless router!
We went food shopping today. I found a new fruit. At least, I think it's a fruit. I took a picture, but transferring it to my computer is something else I can't figure out how to work on my phone. So, you shall have to wait for that excitement.
We have taken two taxis home so far, and both of them knew where we live. Creepy. It's like, if you tell them you live in this area, you either live here or at the missionary home. I'd forgotten what that was like.
I guess that's all for now. Hopefully we will have some interesting stories and pictures to share soon.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
So here we are at the Denver airport. We have finished our two weeks with my parents and are finally on our way to Honduras.
The last few weeks have been fun; we've seen old friends and my mom had surgery and the packing, Omigoodness, the packing.
We got down to three perfectly packed suitcases. I didn't think it was possible and we had to make some really hard decisions but it's done. Unfortunately, the tea of deliciousness didn't make it, but I highly doubt we would be drinking hot tea in Honduras anyway.
Last night I went online to check on our flight. Well it's a good thing I did. Instead of logging on and seeing a flight from Denver to Miami and Miami to San Pedro Sula, there was a flight to Los Angeles and Los Angeles to Miami and Denver to Miami on a different day and all sorts of screwiness. Insert panic here. So I called the airline, and sure enough, they were seeing the same thing I was seeing, but they couldn't tell me why. O now that's comforting. Many calls and holds and transfers later, it turns out they no longer fly that route and switched us to another flight. An earlier flight. Without contacting us. Imagine if I hadn't checked last night, we would have gotten to the airport today and missed our flight by two hours.
Remember how we were just in Los Angeles? Guess we are going back. That's right. We are flying from the middle of the country to the west coast so we can fly to the east coast. I think I know why the Airlines are going broke. So that was a fun little adventure to deal with.
If you have been following the news, you know Colorado has been experiencing quite a lot of rain. This hasn't affected our area, but today we had to drive to Denver in the middle of a torrential downpour. We now feel prepared for what Honduras has to offer in the way of a rainy season.
Hopefully we won't have any more adventures on the way, but if we do, I'll be sure to let you know.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
“Only a little while.” The Mexican replied.
“I have enough to support my family’s immediate needs.” The Mexican said.
To which the American replied, “15-20 years.”
10) You recycle foil/teabags/some other article for reuse. "These still can be used..."
9) You view any purchase you are considering not in dollars but in months. "I can buy this or stay in my assignment for one more month."
8) You carry a little plastic bag in your field service bag "just in case we go to a house with a mango/orange/guava tree"
7) You manage to travel all over the world while not having a job or any visible source of income.
6) You buy shoes/clothes based on comfort, not style. "These will work great in service!"
5) You consider being without water or electricity for hours "part of the ambiance".
4) You no longer need an alarm clock as the rooster or tortilla/fruit/vegetable/sound car wakes you out of sleep every morning.
3) You no longer use a calendar, you tell the day of the week by your bible studies. "I studied with Alejandro, so it must be Tuesday"
2) You look forward to your bucket bath at the end of the day.
1) When you're home visiting family you keep thinking of how much you miss your assignment. " I can't wait to get back home!"
- When you start getting sleepy at 8:30 and are in bed by 9pm. (For us, more like 7pm)
- When you go shopping at the supermarket because they have AC.
- When you enjoy drinking your Coca Cola from a plastic bag.