What Happens in Hondo Stays in Hondo…

Guest post by: poober

As you may have heard through the grapevine, I was down in the merry ol’ country of Honduras kickin’ ass and taking names. Well, not really. Yes, I’m in the U.S. Marine Corps, so you’d think that last part is true, but our mission was not of a hostile nature.

Our unit went down to Honduras to do some good in the world. We went down to build a school house. And on this humanitarian mission I learned what a great place Honduras is. The country itself is exquisitely beautiful. They do throw their trash on the ground, or burn it in piles, but if you look beyond that at the majestic mountainous scenery it is exquisitely beautiful.

The people were extremely friendly (I dont know if that’s towards all Americans or just the ones that build them free schools) and the kids loved to hang out and watch us. We taught them how to give the thumbs up sign for bien and how to police call their own soccer field. Or futbol… whichever they call it. Oh, and never stand between a Honduran child and a soccer ball. That seems to be there greatest pastime.

The food was so-so. They make excellent fried chicken, but the rest seems to lack any spices. I don’t know how but I didn’t get ill from anything I ate while out at the jobsite. It wasnt until I went back to the American Honduran airforce base and ate at the supposedly clean chowhall that I got food poisoning.

The exchange rate for their dollars, which are called lempiras, is about nineteen to one. Needless to say you can get anything cheap down there. Can anyone say dollar beers!? I normally tipped well, one, because I’m bad at math, and two, because i felt they could use it more than me. Not only did we build them a school but i think we boosted there economy just by being down there. All in all it was a great trip and I would recomend visiting down there to everyone. I also talked to a guy that moved to the U.S. for a couple years, made some bank, then returned to Honduras. He said he doesn’t have to work anymore. Put that option in your retirement plans.


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