“This is where we get out and shuttle.”
We were parked at the end of a dirt road up on a mountain, a short distance from La Tigra, on our way to have lunch at the house of a Honduran friend. As it turned out, our bus wasn’t going to be able to navigate the drive leading up to her house. So, we either had to ride with her in her SUV, or take my favorite form of transportation on the back roads of Honduras – a seat in the back of a pickup truck.
At the end of the drive our friend had pointed out one of the houses (the one in the above photograph) where she said 40 people lived. This is typical of what I’ve experienced in Honduras – many people sharing relatively tiny spaces. This is what most of my photos of rural communities communicate to friends and family who view them.
There is, however, another side to Honduras. In a country where there isn’t much of a middle class, there are those fortunate to have enough, or more than enough. Some, like my friend, give a lot back to the community, either through financial support or service. In that regard, we can see that communities around the globe are not so different from our communities at home.
Our generous friend showed us around her home, glasses of freshly made lemonade in hand. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of her space, an eclectic collection of family antiques and new additions. One of my favorite parts of that afternoon was when she said, “Laura, you are my adventurous one. You can climb that ladder up to the tower for a good view.” And indeed, it was a more than good view.
I had hardly taken it all in when we were called to lunch. Caprese salad, lasagna with spinach and quesillo, garlic bread…strawberries with mini meringues and whipped cream…and then pound cake and coffee for dessert just when we had thought we were finished. When asked if I liked the coffee, I poured forth honest praise, only to find that she and her husband roast the beans for distribution. Before leaving, we were all given a tour of the roastery as well as small bags of freshly roasted beans to take home.
If asked to describe Honduran culture, one of the first words that comes to mind is always generosity. Everything that our friend did that afternoon exemplified the hospitality I’ve always experienced in Honduras, no matter which community I’m visiting.
A few more photos from that afternoon…