Thursday, December 31, 2009

This year in Tegucigalpa!!

12/31/09--Last post of the Old Year!
Kristen says:

OK so it's not quite the New Year, but I fully intend to be in bed at about 12:05 AM so I thought I'd write this now.

By the time anyone reads this, it will be 2010, the actual year that we will be leaving Iowa and moving to Honduras!! This year we're in Osky, hanging out at my parents' house, playing games (ugh), watching the Iowa State v. Minnesota bowl game (YAY STATE!) and eating a lot of junk food (yum!) I'm starting to contemplate about what next year's "celebration" will be like.

I'm kind of on the fence about coming home for the holidays next year...on one hand, it will be weird to be away for my first holiday ever, but on the other...I get so grumpy around the holidays that a change might be nice. Plus, we only get one "free" trip home every two I don't know how much money I want to pay to be miserable...

On Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve (with Ryan Seacrest--seriously, what doesn't that guy do?) they showed the New Year celebrations from all the places in the world that have already had their 12:00 come and go...I'm interested to see what New Years' celebrations are like in Honduras...quiet? like the US? Will we be watching Ryan and Dick (if he's still alive) next year? It will be weird to be so far from home, yet in the same time zone and everything.

Who knows...anyway, Happy 2010 to everyone...I hope your New Year will be as full of fun and adventure as I hope ours will be!


Monday, December 28, 2009

Yo soy un hombre!

12/28/09 Chris says:

....or un gringo!

After work, some holiday returns/shopping and an hour of Rosetta Stone - I'm pooped. I don't know how to say that in spanish (un espanol). Yet one more thing I'll have to learn is where all the accent letters are on my qwerty keyboard - notice I didn't have the accent mark on the 'n' in espanol. I don't know if the Hondurans have a different keyboard than Americans (okay united states-ians, since in fact, Hondurans are Americans too says my wife) or the British do or not???? Let's do some searching....

<sorry for the run-on sentence above, my english teachers in junior high and high school would have put a big 'RO' next to my very poor sentence/paragraph structure above....and below for that matter>

Our trusty friend Wikipedia (sorry Rebecca) indicates that in fact for Latin texts, there are many versions of the QWERTY keyboard. I guess you learn something everyday!

Wikipedia article on Spanish (Latin America) Keyboard layout

That's all for now I suppose.....time for bed (being over a quarter century old really takes its toll). But, maybe I'll read first - who knows.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

What's the Spanish phrase for "freaking out?!"


Kristen says:

Sooo, it's Day 3 with Rosetta Stone. We got the big pkg, with levels 1-5 from on Thursday, and I've zipped through the first 3 1/2 lessons of unit 1, level 1. "Un gato." "Una manzana roja." "Soy maestra." I was feeling pretty good--I know what most of the words meant, even without the pictures (thank you 2 years of high school Spanish).

But....tonight, in the car ride home from seeing "Sherlock Holmes" on the big screen (which brings up another question--will we be able to see American movies at theaters in Honduras?) we tuned into the local college radio station. At certain times Monday-Friday and all day Saturday, Drake University (my 3-time Alma mater, btw) plays college-type icky music. However, at the other Monday-Friday times and all day Sunday, Grandview University has 94.1--"For One World" world music playing--and often that music is in Spanish, as it was tonight.

Sometimes the students running the station are speaking English, or Arabic, or other languages, but the guy tonight was speaking Spanish. Beautiful, flawless, INCREDIBLY FAST Spanish. I sat there listening and realized how little of the language I truly know. "Un gato" and "Soy maestra" will not be cutting it when we get to Honduras. I only have 7 months to learn how to communicate with the person on the other end of the radio dial.

Feeling very intimidated tonight.


Saturday, December 26, 2009

Quick Vlog...

Breakfast in Honduras?

12/26/09 Chris says:

Question: Does Honduras have doughnuts - specifically Jaarsma?

Details: Had Jaarsma dutch letters and doughnut holes this morning ( Brought up an interesting question about what Hondurans will eat for a sugary breakfast.

A search on google shows the following:

- They basically say lots of different egg dishes, yummy! And, for the region in which chocolate is native - lots of different chocolate drinks.

The entry in Wikipedia for Full Breakfast has this to say about Central America...

Central America
Ingredients include ham, sausage or bacon, eggs, much like a full breakfast elsewhere. A distinguishing feature is that fry jacks are also eaten, these being fried pieces of dough, similar to beignets or sopapillas. It can also include items like toast, pancakes, or hashbrowns. Fresh orange juice is often added as a drink. Guatemala's version of the full breakfast includes fried plantains, tortillas, and refried black beans.

Unfortunately, not a lot of specific information about Honduras :(

Any of you that have specific information, feel free to post!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Well, Merry Christmas to us!

Kristen says:

I am currently having some trouble balancing my emotions about the coming year. First of all, I am ECSTATIC! about moving to/living in/working in Honduras! From everything I have researched, it seems like a great country with welcoming people (and an excellent policy about importing dogs from the US). My school, Discovery School, looks awesome and I am really excited to start teaching there...

But being home this week for Christmas is making this all seem kind of sad too. I love my current school here in the States, and I will miss my 10th graders next year! I have a big family (4 siblings) and the reaction has been positive (especially since 3 of the 4 are fluent in Spanish) but being home has made me realize how much I will miss them all...

But no Daisy Downer moments today. It is Christmas and I am excited! Hopefully we will be able to keep this blog up with regular posts, and that you, our loyal followers, will laugh, cry, and enjoy the ride along with us.

Merry Christmas/Feliz Navidad/Happy Kwanza/Happy Hanukkah/Enjoy the Holidays and a Very Happy 2010! :)


1st one

12/25/09 Chris says:

So, Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays for those of you who don't celebrate the holiday. New blog....and um, we're going to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Long story short, both of us have been excited about the possibility of living/working outside the United States, and Kristen was recently offered and accepted a position in Honduras.

Lots of questions asked and answered, and lots of questions that still need to be. Rosetta Stone has been purchased...Merry Christmas to us! along with a couple of big hard drives for our computers.

Let the planning begin!