After enduring a traffic jam on Long Island, we arrived at Kennedy in plenty of time to board our plane to Miami. Fog, however, delayed all the departures, so we were a little late arriving in Miami. Fortunately, we found our departure gate close to where we arrived so, with only a few minutes wait, we were off to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. We arrived, cleared customs easily and found our driver after just a few minutes. We were so excited to finally be here in Honduras after so many months of preparation. Everything, including the trees, looked interesting to us. Our hotel turned out to be a small, family-owned bed and breakfast where we were welcomed warmly. Of course, since we had no time in Miami, most of us found ourselves quite hungry on arrival. So, we merely dropped our bags and went to a small restaurant which served baliadas -- a wonderful confection made from a large tortilla-like bread filled with meat, cheese and beans. We all enjoyed our meals, but were not sorry to see our bedrooms when we returned to the B&B.
Today, we are off to La Ceiba to meet our host families. We look forward to seeing some of the countryside as we travel from San Pedro Sula to La Ceiba. This afternoon we will have our orientation, learning a little about the city, visiting the places we may volunteer, going to the bank to change money and other such preparatory activities. Tonight we will meet to decide who will volunteer where and to share our first impressions of Honduras. We look forward to actually starting our work tomorrow.
Much more to come!