Sunday, September 23, 2007

Where the hell have I been?

Late August to September 2: Vacation with Nina. We went to La Ceiba, Whitewater rafting on the Rio Cangrejal, and to West End and West Bay on the Bay Island of Roatán. It was a great trip, but quite a culture shock to go to such touristy places with all sorts of luxuries and the high prices that accompany them.

September 3 to September 5: Consolidated to Siguatepeque because of Hurricane Felix. The Mosquito Coast got hit fairly hard, but we barely even got any rain inland.

September 5 to September 7: Back in Trujillo. Madly running around town trying to organize a Men's Health workshop for later in the month.

September 8 to September 10: In Santa Barbara with fellow PCVs Mary, Allison, Kendra, Katie and Mollie, to celebrate Mary's birthday.

September 11 to September 13: Reconnect and Project Workshop in Siguatepeque, an annual meeting for Health and Water & Sanitation projects.

September 14 to September 16: In Comayagua, fellow health PCV Conor's site and former capital of Honduras. We gave an HIV charla and condom demonstration at a pool hall on Friday night, then watched the parades and other festivities for Honduran Independence Day on the 15th. Traveled home on the 16th.

September 17 to now: Working to promote and then run the Men's Health workshop here in Trujillo. It went well, but was poorly attended. Meetings with the local HIV+ support group; the director and head doctor of the CAI (Centro de Atención Integral - department of the hospital dedicated to HIV testing and services); preparing materials for and teaching english classes; work for online macroeconomics; killing thousands of ants that had moved into my house while I was gone; cleaning up after the killing; lot's of laundry (washed by hand of course).

Estimated Hours of Bus Travel: 50

Sorry for the long dry spell here, and for the lack of details in this entry. I'm going to try to get on top of blogging about life here and post some decent entries at regular intervals soon. Hope everyone is doing well.

Monday, September 3, 2007


I've been on vacation for the last nine days, and today I was supposed to head back to Trujillo. But that was not to be, as the Peace Corps ordered all North Coast volunteers to consolidate to Siguatepeque to ride out Hurricane Felix. I'm safe and sound in a very comfortable and modern conference center here in Siguat, so don't worry about me. But it looks like it could be bad for a lot of Hondurans. I really wish I could be in my community, but I know that it's probably best for me to be here. I'll write updates as I can.