What I will miss about Honduras
- Fresh fruit availability and the cheaper cost. I have really loved having fresh fruit in the house. Digging into a refreshing watermelon when I'm hot or the refreshing papaya and strawberry smoothie in the morning, the candy sweet mango with yogurt. The melons, the other funny fruit treats and the fresh juices made with many kinds of fruit you can't find in the US that you can get everywhere here.
- Tea Jamaica. Frio. It is hibiscus in English, which is a flower. I've never seen it made as a tea in the states. I really like it. Sure it's super sugary sweet, but I like it and it's bright red and pretty.
- The mountain views. I really like looking at the scenery in Honduras. Mostly looking up. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed or rather sometimes discouraged by what is at ground level, but I am always awed by the views above the horizon. It's breathtaking. Honduras is a very beautiful country.
- Baleadas. I had to have one this morning. You can get them many different ways. Kind of like your Subway sandwich. Made to taste. I think I have mastered the technique of making them if I really want one while I am away, but the store bought ones are made with sinful lard or shortening which gives them a very filling and satisfying flavor. Kind of like pie crusts. Butter or shortening crusts always taste better, don't they? Darn it!
- Central air! I miss walking around the house and feeling cool no matter which room I am in.
- Clothes dryer. I know hanging the clothes is more environmentally friendly, and I do not grumble about it too much unless I have to stand out in the sun to hang the clothes in tall grass with bugs crawling up my legs. I mostly try to hang the clothes in the shade to save the clothes from sun fading anyway; but I am looking forward to a break from the time consuming chore of hanging clothes out to dry. I also look forward to my clothes smelling like fresh wash and not, well the clothes just don't smell all that fresh coming in from the line. It's not that they stink, they just don't really have a smell.
- English. If I want to go to the store- I can speak English when I go to pay or need to ask a question. If I am at a restaurant - I can speak English to place my order. If I need to call someone or someplace to get directions - I can speak to them in English. If I turn on the radio - I will hear English. I miss the ease of functioning in my native tongue. I do try to speak Spanish when out in public. I had a nice conversation with a neighbor the other night. It's funny how I can hold conversations sometimes. I wonder how in the world they understand me. I think it's like understanding a 2 or 3 year old. You just do even when it's terrible and bad speaking. I think I have gotten much better at Spanish since moving.
- Shopping. I need a Target fix. I need new makeup. I need some new bras (thanks to baby on the way) and oh yeah, some maternity clothes. I know I can find clothes here, but shopping sometimes makes me a bit stressed. I've written about my shopping before in Honduras so I guess what I am looking for is comfortable shopping. Oh, and in English.
- Minnesota summer. It's a fabulous time of year. It's such a short time too in the Northern midwest region and many Minnesotans really take advantage of it so it's nice to be out and about. (Can you hear my MN accent?) Parks, beaches, picnics, the kids playing outside, little league, summer camps, 4th of July, camping, pools, walks, playing outside until 9 or 10 at night because it's still light, going "up north", nights sitting outside with friends having long talks, the list could go on.
I'm hoping this trip gives me some new energy. That it gives me a perspective I need to keep going on living in Honduras. It's been so difficult at times it's hard to write about. I know it comes across at times as bitter and jaded. It's hard to explain all that I'm feeling and why. But I'm hoping I get what I need in MN because there is nothing I would want more than to keep our family together and so far the only place that can happen is in Honduras.