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Published: October 6th 2014
Hot springs and mud facials
Yesterday was an uneventful, but long travel day. Flights were on time, but the lines in Honduran immigration were almost 90 minutes long. Our drive from San Pedro Sula to Santa Rosa was close to 4 hours in a 15 passenger van, with 15 passengers. Not quite my new SUV, but it worked. The lush landscape and mountainous views made the drive interesting.
We checked into our comfortable welcoming hotel, "Hotel San Jorge". They provided a delicious dinner of chicken, beans and rice.
Today was a day to acclimate and explore the local culture. We started with an orientation to Habitat Honduras provided by our in country host, Luis. We reviewed the history of Habitat, safety concerns and learned a few 'Luisisms'. My favorite for today. . . "Remember to 'squeeze the lemon' before getting in the van".
We took an hour long drive through the mountains, while enjoying beautiful views of the landscape to the town of Gracias. In this Colonial town, we toured the local market place, an old church, an art studio and a shop that made fresh fruit ices. Max, our bus driver and guide provided great background
Look at their expressions
information on the history and local people. He also pointed out many different foods and other items in the local market place. Did you know they use limestone to soften corn kernels to make it easier to make cornmeal for tortillas? Hence, they are a good source of calcium.
Lunch was at a local artist's home. We dined al fresco on a traditional preparation of fish. Talapia wrapped is some leaf (I don't know what), and steamed with wonderful seasonings. The artist specialized in painting works based in mystical Linca beliefs. He had an entire exhibit of paintings based on ideas from local elementary school children. These were amusing, to say the least. I'm especially liked the one with the turtles.
We wrapped up our afternoon with a visit to a local hot springs. I've been to nicer, hotter, more therapeutic springs and mud baths. However, the water was warm, the people friendly and some locals helped us scout out some mud for our facials.
Tonight we head out for pizza and ceraveza. Tomorrow we begin our work. The team is excited.
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