Since last week quite a big change has happened for me here in Honduras… I have moved to a different host family. I decided to move for various reasons that I won’t go into here but I decided I wanted something else from my host family experience and so I took the plunge to change after 3 months here.
I moved in with my new family on Monday and I love them! They are so friendly and welcoming, I have a host mum, dad, sister and brother… their other daughter is currently volunteering in Germany with ICYE. The family owns a food chain in Honduras (delicious!) so on Monday they took me to see their factory which was really cool and we went for a lovely meal at a proper Honduran restaurant. We had my favourite thing which is called ‘alagre’, which is cheese and frijjoles over heat so they melt with nachos. Mmm!! My new host parents don’t speak English which I think will be really good for me… I feel like my learning is slowing down a lot at the moment! My host dad said my Spanish is good though which was lovely to hear. My host sister is amazing as well, she’s hyper and talks a lot and loves films and chocolate…so I think we’re going to get on really well! Although we’ve already realised we need to stop talking so much in the night and go to bed earlier as we tend to lose track of time…
The family live in a very different area to where I was before… I lived just a 10 minute walk from my project but when I told people where I was moving to, everyone responded by telling me how far it is! It isn’t too bad though and there is a bus that goes straight to el centro where I work. I have to be on it at 7 in the morning though due to all the traffic to get to my project by 8 but it’s been ok so far… yesterday my family brought me and came in to see my project and meet everyone which was so lovely! My family have also given me a nice, new phone… it’s kinda swanky haha and I love it! Basically there are only two phone companies in Honduras and to drive up the competition, it is cheap to phone someone on the same network but expensive to talk to someone on the other one. And as my family all have Tigo and I have Claro, they have given me a Tigo phone to contact them on! My experience living with them has been amazing already and I’m doing lots of new things… like peeling melons at 6 in the morning yesterday! I love it though 🙂
So apart from that, a group of us had a bit of a dinner party at a house (thank you for hosting us Daniel if you’re reading this) in honour of a different Daniel who is leaving next Tuesday… very sad! Daniel is from Sweden and has been here for about 8 months (his Spanish is amazing) and he says he is ready to leave and get home now. It’s feeling quite strange to say goodbye as he is the first volunteer to leave since I’ve been here and I can’t imagine how he is feeling as it is such a long time until I go home. We are having another meal tomorrow to properly say goodbye, it will be quite sad I think!
Other news, the guys at work have calmed down now… they did something not very nice the other day and I got very angry so I think they finally have the message now!! And I’ve started talking about my ‘novio’, which I don’t think they believe, but it seems to be working!!
I was in my project the other day and the director asked me to help her 4 year old daughter practise her English pronunciation which I was more than happy to do… she was soooo cute!!! And we were making our way down the list of sentences, which were really basic, saying things like ‘the dog went to bed’ and ‘the sky is blue’… when we got to the last sentence I read out for her ‘God was right to punish Adam and Eve’ which took me back a bit! I then noticed from the school name at the top that the school was Catholic… but it still seemed strange to have all of these simple sentences and then suddenly such a strong statement about God. I guess it’s normal here but it surpised me a little and shows how central the belief in God is to a lot of the children’s school learning.
I also have a lot of people asking me if I miss England… and I have to say no. Of course I miss my family, friends… and dogs!! But I don’t miss England and when they ask me why (and I have to respond in limited Spanish), I say that people in England have a lot… they have money, cars, their own house etc. but they’re not happy and they don’t appreciate it. Whereas people here don’t have much, some don’t have anything, but they are happy. So I prefer it here. And all of the hoopla over Margaret Thatcher’s death has just reinforced that… I was so embarrased to see pictures of people having parties and writing disgusting phrases on banners because someone has died. Yes, a lot of people don’t agree with the things she did so fine don’t be sad that she has passed away, but have some respect. Unlike many developing countries, we have the privilage to have democracy and vote in the leader we choose… and we chose her 3 times. Political rant over 🙂
I have been trying to update the blog for the last few days but everything has been crazy lately… and with the meal tomorrow night and trips the next two weekends I’m not sure when I will write again but I will try to soon!
I hear it is finally getting warmer in the UK… don’t go getting burnt guys 😉 Here, it is 30 degrees as usual…