Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Storm season coming again

This was Hurricane Mitch in Oct 1998 it destroyed most of the country, but led way to the prosperity that is beginning to give way in some major cities here. However, I had my first reencounter with major storms here since Hurricane Mitch when I came during the storm in 1998.
I moved to Honduras in January 2008. I had only been living here for five months when a bad storm blew in with the feeling of a Texas storm, but I shook it off thinking I was just being silly because after all tornadoes don´t happen in Honduras. Boy was I ever wrong. The storm blew in an F2 tornado that wiped out hundreds of huge trees. Took out my roof and spread it over the entirety of the neighborhood leaving everyone in shock since supposedly I had the best built house in the neighborhood. Of course, we never counted on a direct hit by an F2 tornado. It took out the second floor wall of another house killing the owner just one block away from me. It uprooted a huge mango tree across the street from us laying it on the roof of my car. I walked into my roofless house in shock there was literally a waterfall on my staircase(good thing we have ceramic instead of carpet). It took almost two weeks to register in my mind what had really happened. Now we are embarking on a new season...I shall see if this one goes better than the last. Our pet chiuahua is not ready, he hates the rain. We affectionately named him Mango for his love of begging for and actually eating this fruit.

Politics in Honduras

May 13, 2009
Election time is drawing near in Honduras and politics are really heating up here. This is a picture I took on the Saturday before Mother´s Day at a campaign rally for the Nationalist party. The candidate for president is Porfierio Lobo, or affectionately known as Pepe. My husband who is Honduran spent his entire life living next door to Pepe
Lobo in Juticalpa. Yes, my husband is ´Olanchano´for those who know about Honduras they are probably choking in surprise. However, he isn´t bad he is really pretty good, not as machista as the front he puts on. He is really a teddy bear who gives me just about anything I want.
The gray haired man is Dr. Tuky BendaƱas. He is running for mayor of San Pedro Sula. He is a well known gynecologist and on my list of people I like after the beautiful palm trees he gave out for mother´s day. What a nice thing to do...the two I was given are on my patio.
Of course, their platform is about change. The cuarta urna promoted by the very unpopular president Zelaya is causing a bit of havoc. Most people understand his reform is ´dictatorship´. People here are not very trusting when it comes to police and politics. It takes some time to get used to, but you do get accostumed to why they don´t trust the police or politicians.
Of all of the candidates he is probably the one who will be the toughest on the gangs and would most probably try to push through the death penalty. I am of mixed emotions with the death penalty especially with a justice system like they have here. However, with the amount of crime something has to happen and the one who did the most about it was condemned the hardest by civil rights groups. This was the former president Ricardo Maduro.
Sometimes it is difficult to adjust from the US way to the Honduran way. The gringa in La Ceiba does a very good job of explaining some of the things about life from a gringo perspective. However, I thing she might see things different than I do, because I am Hispanic so I don´t exactly see things from a white-brown perspective.
More later