Tuesday, June 29, 2010

It's Tuesday!


So, I'm learning much Spanish...and I found today that I'm at the Novice High level,which is three from the bottom! :) So, I will get tutoring after school for an extra hour because I'm novice. BUT, my language level is only two/three levels away from were I have to be at the end of the three months and at this rate, I'm sure I'll be there, because I learn SO MUCH every day. Also, my family is very encouraging and I watch movies/shows in Spanish every night before doing my homework and then going to bed. :)

So, yeah, all is well. Today I had yet another interview about why I wanted to come to the Peace Corps, etc. We also learned techniques to deal with the harrassment, which is not avoidable. AND, we learned what is a good house to have when I leave my host families' home. So, I'm learning many technical as well as language skills.

I will take more pictures in the future... LOL.

I'm really excited about my project, which is Youth Development because the PC focuses on the new way of thinking which is geared more towards the youth's capacities, not their lacks. So, instead of focusing on what they can't do, we focus and improve on what they can. I told them I like to sing and I was in a choir...and they said thay many communities have been asking for a choir and none of the volunteers so far have had the desire or "skill" to create one. So, it's possible that I will lead a choir! LOL. It will be interesting and fun for sure. Also, there is def. a demand for trumpets here, so that could come up in the future too.

Anyways, I'm going to watch the Discovery Channel.
Have a good night all,

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Valle de Angeles

So, it's Saturday and we still had to come in to the Peace Corps training center! LOL.

But, we were only there for 2 hours and it was very fun! We played team work games like fitting us in a small square on the floor...we had one guy hanging from the rafters because there were 15 of us and it was very difficult to get us all in the square. Then, we had to create bridges out of wood boards to get across an "acid river"/the grass. LOL. It was a lot of fun and I met new people, if that's possible!

Then, after a bunch of us went to Valle de Angeles (a nearby city) to eat and watch the soccer game between the U.S. and Ghana...people here LOVE soccer. The restuarnt was very nice. There were 7 of us that went and one girl is fluent in Spanish (Monica) so it was nice to have her around to help us with transportation, etc. But, it was def. very safe. At one point, there were like 15 of us in the internet cafe. LOL. The Hondurans saw many Americans today. But, yeah, no one travels alone, especially after our safety and security session that discussed how Honduras has a very high crime rate. But, anyways, I'm not caring a lot of money with me at one time even though I surprisingly have a lot of money because some was left over from the States.

Anyways, the soccer game...we LOST!! We were all so sad. It was the first time I watched a soccer game, so I had no idea what was really going on, but I knew where our goal was and the fact that we could never seem to get the ball over there!! Es muy triste (sad). I'm learning much Spanish, even though it's difficult. But, others are struggling right along with me.

Tomorrow, I go to church from 8a.m.-11:30a.m. (forever) with my family in Tegucigalpa.

All in all, today was a great day and now I'm back home for the night. I def. had my exercise. AND, I bought some Lay's chips for snacks because our training days during the week are crazy long!!

We have a Church's Chicken in Teguz (Tegucigalpa)...the major city in Honduras. LOL.

This is ofcourse my bathroom.

My bedroom..it's nice, right?!

More Teguz on the way to the training center the first day.


More Teguz...

The view in the backyard.

My dog.

A view of the side of the house.

This is the view from my window...the house outside is for my grandfather who is 93 years old! He still works hard in the garden though. LOL

This is the shower and the showerhead...

That's all the photos for now...I hope you enjoy! :)

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Yeah, so....this was an error and I don't know how to erase it. LOL

Mi Dos Dias en Honduras (My Second Day in Honduras)

So...today is Thursday, my second day in Honduras. Honduras is a great place so far. I've seen Tegucigapla, the major city in Honduras and yesterday I went with my host family (Dona Nora y Don Freso) to church in the city on my very first night! Church was good even though I had NO idea what they were talking about...but it was an evangelical church and my host mom and dad are leaders in the church. It seems legit, but if it's not it's ok because I'm here only 3 weeks and then I leave for another host family for 6 weeks and then I come back here for 1 week in Zarabanda (the town I'm in currenly).

OMG...I wanted to say that SO many times. Mi espanol is not that great right now and I'm around Spanish EVERYWHERE! The street signs, the television, the ads, my family, my instructors, the church...OMG! It has def. been harder than I expected.

HOWEVER, my living situation is awesome! I'm very lucky (bueno suerto) because I have good water from the jug so it's purified. The food is good...some people complain about there food because it's not as good or nutritional, but they feed me well. For lunch today I had a ham and cheese sandwich with mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard (too many condiments, but it was still pretty good). AND, I had an apple. Some people don't get many fruits or vegetables, but my family has there own garden with MANY fruits...mangos, watermelons, oranges. ALL in the backyard. It's very cool. Also, I don't have to take bucket baths, it's the same as a shower back home except colder. LOL. But, after two minutes, I was ok. ALSO, my bed is pretty comfortable, I don't have many mosquitos. They have screens on the windows and they're very neat and clean people. :) ALSO, I have internet WITH Skype! I have the ultimate set-up here. I'm not roughing it at all! Thank you Jesus! :)

The house is also very big...my family is well off. They have three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a big living room and a big kitchen. There site is also very pretty with a huge yard, up on the mountain. I also have a little dog and a little cat.

Speaking of that mountain...I have to walk to the training site every morning (7a.m.) and every afternoon (5p.m.), which is about 30 minutes away. The climb to the house is the worse part of the trip and the other hills along the way. I'm def. getting my exercise. At 7p.m. I meet with another volunteer named Kristin and we walk together and we usually find two other volunteers along the way. I'm NEVER alone. When we walk back home in the afternoon, there are around 8 of us.

The training center is beautiful. I'll have to get you some pictures. The Spanish is difficulty, but there are a good many of us who don't really know Spanish, so I don't feel alone and this one girl ("D") has already told me I could talk to here if I needed to vent about being frustrated with my Spanish...she's really nice. I think she's from CO. Anyways, I've found a good many people who are nice and we joke around and I just try to talk with everyone. :)

All is well for now...even though I have all this $ in American currency that I can't use, but oh well. Tomorrow we'll get a visit from a cell phone company so perhaps I'll call you soon! LOL

Also, my host mother said "Hola" a mi mama (to my mother)...I showed her your picture mother.

So, these pictures take awhile to upload...es muy sad. I'll have to do that later.

Talk with you later!
Love you,

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

STAGING in Honduras

So...the flight was nice from ATL to Houston, TX. I rode beside a child and her mother so I had room to move around! I watched Fresh Prince of Belaire on the plane.. LOL.

But, staging has been great and tiring! I've met a lot of good peoples and we're already hooking up to walk together in groups. :)

Also, I got monies!! The PC gave us $120 for reimbursement, food, etc.
I'm excited...I'll let you know more soon (but, not really cause I might not have internet access at Zarabanda where training is for the first 11 weeks.