January 1, 2010

New Year's Eve celebrations in La Ceiba

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I took 8 minutes of video beginning around 11:55 p.m. last night to give you a flavor of the La Ceiba New Year's Eve celebration. There is nothing to see in the video, just the bougainvillea outside the window. The point of the video is the sound, which I cut down to about 3 minutes.

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Keep in mind that we live in a relatively sparsely occupied area outside of town. The camera picked up the night sounds of crickets and such louder than the bullets and bombs, but trust me that wasn't the case in real life! It sounded like an old west shootout or a World War II movie.

The celebrations actually started around 6 p.m. and went on until about 4 a.m. There was actually a 4.8 offshore earthquake around 4 a.m. as well, just to add to the festivities. They seemed to be loudest on the hours, so it may be that people were celebrating for other time zones as well. ;-)

This used to be disconcerting but now I'm used to it. Even the dogs rarely bark at the war going on outside our walls anymore. Sometimes it takes me by surprise but I think for a moment and realize it is a holiday or that Honduras was playing an international soccer game or something like that.

So, if you are thinking of moving to Honduras, now you are prepared for New Year's Eve celebrations....and Christmas Eve, and Christmas night, and winning soccer games, and birthday parties, and, well, you get the idea. There is always a reason to celebrate.

Happy New Year, readers!

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