San Pedro Sula...
Only two whole days left. Mixed feelings; the time has gone so fast, yet due to
the enormous amount of continual data input vying for frontal lobe attention, it feels as
if our journey has lasted an eternity.
To be sure it's a gringo hang-out, but there is enough mixture of people from different age groups and nations to stop it from becoming cliché. We meet the American woman who had her hat stolen on the bus; her
and her friend are heading on into their six month journey through South America. She's got another hat; this one is of Guatemalan manufacture as are most tourist souvenirs of quality that are to be purchased in Honduras. I don't know why this is.
We are on the bus at 4:20am. It's the early bus that takes people to the San
Pedro Sula Market. We're on it because time is running out and we want at least one full
day in San Pedro Sula.
I have touched on San Pedro Sula earlier. It is an unremarkable city at first sight, but then again my own place of dwelling - Detroit - seems unremarkable to the untrained eye. Perhaps because of this I feel a faint kinship with San Pedro Sula.
Shooting from the hip, I'd say that it's a place one could exist in without
reverting to thoughts of suicide.
Poverty is everywhere, but since pretty much everybody is poor it does not
stand out in stark contrast as say, New York. If you are a tourist in Honduras, you are a
The last day. A trip to the market where I convince Laurenn to hold off buying
vanilla extract and coffee until we are at the airport. "It stands to reason," I
argued, "...that there will be plenty of vendors plying their wares to get the last
of the currency off the tourists before they leave." I was right and wrong.
Minutes later we are in the plane; a womb of Western Civilization and the promise of untold luxuries. The plane screams down the short runway and the primordial lushness drops away until it only seems a distant, pleasant dream. We gird ourselves at the prospect of Detroit in late February.
Our overall impression of Honduras? We'd go back any day.
NOTES & Contributions
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