25.06.2008 - 03.07.2008 32 °C
After our last post, we decided to take a dip in the lake directly behind our hotel. We'd seen many locals doing it, and some even swimming all the way across, so we said why not.
The next day we made our 8 hour bus ride from Flores, Guatemala to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. We spent two nights in San Pedro in a nice little hotel that was really a slice of pie in the middle of a shady part of downtown. Only 15 bucks a night. We decide an "American Day" was needed, so the next morning we woke up late and went to the mall. We both dined at the fine Italian restaurant, Sbarro's, on some delicious baked ziti. Darn good. After that, we realized we were both in theater withdrawal, so we headed to watch a movie. After this we just walked through the mall for a while to enjoy the cold blasts of A/C coming from all around us. This satiated our thirsts for home and easy does it life, so we decided to go to Omoa, on the beach.
The bus terminal had changed locations from the spot our guidebook showed, so we once again walked around like targets downtown San Pedro asking if anybody knew where the Impala terminal was. We found a guy that knew, and we made our way there, which was actually not a terminal, but more of a street corner by a market. We took the bus to Puerto Cortes, got off, and immediately caught another to Omoa. We stayed Roli's Place, owned by a Swiss dude that's had it running since 1996. He has a great setup. A dorm, rooms with a/c, hammock spots, free bikes and kayaks to use, laundry area for self washing. We pretty much just chilled in hammocks and enjoyed some fresh seafood and cold ones for three days. Its a hard life, we know, but somebody's gotta do it.
Omoa's one claim to fame is the San Fernando Fort. This fort was used to protect the Spanish shipments of silver coming from the mines in Tegucigalpa to Spain. It is said that to see another Spanish fort this big and powerful, you would have to go as far up as Campeche, Mexico or down to Cartagena, Colombia. It was very cool, although they were in the middle of construction on the inside when we visited.
After Omoa, we headed back to San Pedro, with one more trip to the mall for another movie and some Sbarro's. Thalita also got hooked on a Latin American juice/smoothie chain called Super Jugo. We stayed put in San Pedro for the couple days before the trip because Thalita got really sick with a fever, coughing and hacking all over the place.
We met up with The mission group at the airport on Thursday, July 3, and have had a good time with them so far. More updates to come after a few days in the mission field.