Sunday, March 29, 2009

Off the Beaten Path- Cedros

On a recent trip to Honduras, my family and I visited the small village of Cedros.  It's only about an hour away from Tegucigalpa, in the direction of Olancho.  

It's an old mining town, dating back to the 16th century and still retains its charm, full of colonial buildings and cobblestone streets.  Reportedly, it was the first capital of Honduras, if even for just one day.  The first National Assembly met here, and then I guess they promptly moved the capital.  The church has been newly renovated with painstaking detail. 

All in all, it makes a pleasant excursion for a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.  You can see the see the town and enjoy leisurely strolling in the streets all within 30 minutes.  Now wouldn't it be nice if they had a picturesque sidewalk cafe so you could linger for a while longer over a glass of Chilean  wine and tapas?

Monday, March 23, 2009

It's Finished!!!

We finally finished our house!! Well, if truth be told, it was finished a year ago, but I was lazy and stopped posting on my blog.
My wife and kids moved in over 'Semana Santa' last year. It was ready a couple of weeks before that, but they waited until Easter knowing that I would be there so that we could all spend the first night there together.

There are still a lot of details to be finished, but that takes time and more money. In the future, I'll list the companies that were good to work with, that did a good job, were reasonable and did their work on a timely basis or as promised. I'll also post a list of companies that we would never hire again.

Yes, I've already slapped myself on the wrist for being lazy and not posting.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Shame on Carrion

   A couple of weeks ago, I was in Tegucigalpa visiting my family. During a stroll in the Multiplaza Mall, I was shocked to see the display in one of Carrion's windows. There was a male mannequin wearing jeans and a tee-shirt, with a heavy chain in its hand. The display was an obvious glorification of violence and gang culture.

I don't know whether the display has been changed yet, but I hope people complained and pressured Carrion to remove it.

Violence and crime have reached levels that are totally out of control in Honduras, and threaten the very fabric of its society. I cannot understand why a large Honduran company would try to glorify this lifestyle in order to peddle a few extra pairs of jeans and tee shirts.