Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pictures At Last!

This is the Principal of the High School in my town-Prof. Vinda. I work with her to plan things with the High School.

This is my host dad-they´re own a trip.

These are three of the girls who live in the house-the girl with the checked hat Merari, the girl in the middle Jasinta and the one drinking, Elda.

This is one of the girls-Elda' in my house dancing with the two younger girls-Jarissa and Jarisel.

This is a street in my town.

This is the Biblioteca that was built a long time ago by another PC volunteer.

This is the view in the backyard from my pila where I wash my clothes and my hands. lol

This is a view of the backside of the house.

On the left is the bathroom, it´s actually really clean and nice. On the right is the shower.

This is our kitchen with our fogon. We also have a stove and fridge, though.

This is the store that´s attached to the house. It´s small, but very handy with spices, eggs, meats, flour, chips, cookies, sodas, etc.

This is our living room. We don´t have sofas, but the chairs are pretty comfortable and that´s where we watch the telenovelas or honduran soap operas. lol.

This is us in the restaurant. Our last day together. H17 Youth Development Girls.

This is a picture with a member of my community who picked me up to take me to San Jose for my first day and the Ambassador of the U.S. Embassy in Honduras.

This is the U.S. Embassy in Honduras. It´s pretty nice.

Ok, more fotos to come, but I need to leave the cafe before I spend too much money and it gets too hot here in La Paz, La Paz. I just left a get-together with all the volunteers in the department of La Paz. There were like 15 or more of us. It was fun. We ate guacamole, salsa, hummus, chips, cookies, pineapple, oranges, pizza, hung out and talked FOREVER!! I actually got to talk a good bit about my life as a Christian-they were So interested. It´s amazing how God comes up all the time. So, I thank the Lord for that ministering opp. AND, it was nice to talk in English for a whole DAY!! I´m excited and I´m also exicted to get back to my site where it´s cool. It´s too hot here.

Anyways, hope all is well and enjoy the photos.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Crazy & Fun

Much is going on here in San Jose and in life in general. On Sat. of the last week, while playing with the children in my house, I stepped on a large rock while jumping and so I sprained my foot and it hurt so bad! So, the next morning, my family got an old man in the village to come over and massage my foot. This occurred for two days! It was quite interesting and it worked to my surprise. I am now with a LOT less pain and I´m walking again just fine.

Also, I´ve been traveling a lot and I´ve seen much! Lol. One night (around 8p.m.) my host family and I went to a nearby village to get meat from a dead cow. The poor cow fell and so they killed it and all the nearby neighbors and villages came to partake in the cow meat. Lol. Also, during this trip, I got to ride in the back of the truck. It´s not a normal truck because it has large poles constructed in the back for people to hold on to. It was actually fun to ride back there and the view was beautiful!  Then, also, I traveled with the girl from the Mayor´s Office to two towns sort of nearby. They were really beautiful although we had to walk in mud and a bit of rain for like 3 hours. In the very end, we were walking down a huge mountain to get to the street below to catch a bus back to San Jose, and I know I almost slipped like 10 times. It was SO difficult because we were walking straight down and it was rocky and muddy cause it had just rained. I thought I was going to lose my life a couple of times. But, I prayed the whole way and made it safely to the bottom. It was very stressful, but also beautiful. We saw three waterfalls and the scenery was very peaceful amidst the stressful walk.

Also, as far as work is concerned, they are definitely keeping me busy, which is good! In the high school, I´m helping with a mural to prevent trash in the high school and to raise awareness about environmental health. It´s going pretty well. Also, I´m going to start a computer class because (to my amazement) many of the students here do not know how to use a computer! I never thought I would need to teach people how to use a computer, but it seems that´s one thing they need. Also, another teacher really wants me to help her crafts class, so I will be teaching them how to knit and whatnot. Also, if anyone has any other ideas of crafts, please let me know!!! I never thought I´d be doing these things, but to this community they´re important. Also, the Tourism Group has a BIG plan to put on an event by the end of this year with crafts, performances, etc. so I will be helping with that as well. There is much to do and I´m excited to be able to help! Furthermore, if anyone has ideas about groups that can help with funds, please let me know!!

News from San Jose:
It´s cold here! It´s like 60 degrees. But, it´s beautiful!
No more storms, but it rains every day.

Random Information:
The food is good, I just had like a potatoe salad type thing with grilled chicken and a salad.
We officially have a huge turkey, which is for Christmas
I´m going to Marcala, the bigger city, to find a church.
I will probably be living with my family for the 2 years because they have a pretty nice setup downstairs. It´s like an apt. with it´s own bath-shower-bathroom and a small kitchen )I think) and they´re going to put in an electronic shower for me so I can have warm water cause the water here is crazy more than normal.

Hope all is well...
Talk with you soon,