Sunday night I arrived home utterly exhausted and unfortunately sick from Honduras. I tend to be prone to stomach bugs when I travel to developing countries and thankfully I always carry an antibiotic which has already began to help. Nevertheless, I lost six pounds in a week and came back to a sick child again as well. We just can’t seem to get healthy in our house.
The trip was absolutely mind-boggling. I feel like it is going to take me some time to digest it all. My blogging won’t come as easily as it did after my pleasurable hiking trip to France in August. I learned and experienced a tremendous amount in Honduras. Both good and sadly to say, bad. It was an eye-opening trip that has given me even more perspective on the social blogging work I do.
Some of the highlights of the trip include my warm, gracious host family that I spent a week with in La Ceiba, caring for the children and enjoying their smiles, immersing myself in the language and culture, and enjoying the tropical island of Roatan.
Some of the difficult things of my trip were seeing the poverty of the people on the mainland, learning about the health care system while interviewing an American doctor, being in an unsafe country laced with drug and gang violence, and worst of all, witnessing the abusive treatment of the children at the government-run child care center where I volunteered and being absolutely powerless to change anything. That was the most heartbreaking part of it all.
As I begin to write my posts, please remember that these views are only my experience and of course aren’t representative on all of Honduras. Keeping the “third-eye” approach in mind, I do my best at being open-minded and do my homework on the countries I visit. It is only my opinion and experiences. Others may interpret their experiences differently.
As I slowly readjust to being home, please bear with me over the next few weeks as I sort through my 816 pictures and all my garbled thoughts about the last nine days in Honduras. I will be documenting my journey day by day over the next month, before I’m off again to yet another journey. Looks like this is going to be one heck of a year of traveling and doing social good. But I’m ready for the ride.