April 13, 2007

Around La Ceiba, Honduras

Laundry on a clothes line, HondurasLaundry day

This is just a few ordinary scenes from around La Ceiba, Atlantida, Honduras.

boy carrying laundry, HondurasA boy carrying laundry from the river walks alongside his little sister. She appears to be about 4 years old and is carrying a gallon of water from the river.

horse, La Ceiba, HondurasHorses are often tied up along roads to graze. I often see riders using some sort of wooden saddle. It looks like it would be very uncomfortable for the horse. This horse has some sores along its shoulders that may be from that type of saddle.

I tried to give a horse a carrot once. The owner acted like he thought I was crazy and I guess I was because the horse wouldn't eat it. I thought horses like carrots?

gas station, La Ceiba, HondurasSome of the gas stations are always busy with a lot of people hanging out there. It is against the law to carry people in the back of pickups. Useless law − everyone does it.

The gas stations here still have attendants who pump the gas and take your money. If you are going to use a debit card, you always first have to ask if "¿hay sistema?" (Is the system working?) or you could be in big trouble if you don't have cash. For the self-service pumps, you have to pay in advance.

This particular station couldn't accept debit or credit cards for the first year or so that they were open because they couldn't get a phone line!

El Centro, La Ceiba, HondurasMany of the stores on this street are virtually hidden by the sidewalk vendors selling everything from fruits and vegetables to shoes and underwear.

The cities always talk about getting rid of the street vendors or moving them to another area. Sometimes they even knock down their wooden huts, but the vendors always come back.

train in La Ceiba, HondurasThis cute little "train" runs between El Centro and the mall on the south side of town. Sometimes I've seen it in other areas so maybe it makes a scenic tour. It looks like fun. Notice it carries a Honduran flag and a U.S. flag.

downtown, La Ceiba, HondurasIt is almost impossible to get a photo in La Ceiba without getting a zillion of these wires running across the picture. They never use the heavier wires, they just keep adding more and more wires.

In many areas, the wires hang dangerously low. Once in San Pedro Sula, a tall truck got tangled in the wires and drove for a block or two, pulling down all the telephone poles as he drove. Oops!
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