Friday, December 9, 2011

Guess What!? My Parents were Here!!!! :)

Hello again faithful blog readers:

I have heard through the grapevine that some of you have been asking for this post, and I want to apologize for its tardiness. As per usual, coming back from time off of school is hard because you have to play catch-up ball, PLUS I came back to the last three weeks before winter break!

That, of course, means writing final exams, checking all the late work that "magically" appears at the end of the quarter, and pre-planning for Semester 2!

However, I thought I'd better get this written before Friday, because that's when we go home for the Winter Break!!!! :)

So, as I mentioned, my parents were here...
They came in on a Saturday, the same day of my Discovery Teacher's Workshop. The timing couldn't have been more perfect because the Workshop ended at 12 and I was at the airport to pick Mom and Dad up by 1. One of the things I love about Tegucigalpa's airport is the closed-circuit televisions that let you watch the progress of the passengers through customs and picking up their luggage, so I knew exactly where they were in that process.

After visiting the ATM we headed to the apartment for a kiss-filled reunion with Pip:
and a BRIEF repacking and then headed south toward Amapala.

We changed our Amapala routine up a bit this time...we normally stay at a great little place called the Hotel Veleros, but we decided to stay at the (bit more expensive but with a pool) Casa de las Gargolas. I have to say, both places have their charm, but you can't argue with the Gargolas' six hammocks and personal fans (oh, and did I mention the pool?) Dad was even able to catch some Sunday Night Football!
The Gargolas does not have an attached restuarant, so we did make it over to the Veleros a few times for delicious chicken tacos and (sorry Mom) banana soda...ick.

We also traveled around the island, visited the port of Amapala (it used to be the most important port in Honduras)...

...and had a great family dinner (FYI: Mom and I both had that delicious-looking lemonada con soda she's holding, sin alcohol!)

...with a lovely view! The port by evening:

After the boat ride home...

...we headed back to Teguc and out to eat before we headed out for an afternoon trip to Valle de Angeles. (The same day we came back from Amapala...did I mention the week was busy?)

Mom caught a catnap before lunch...

...and bought a painting afterwards!
(does that artist look familiar?! We have at least 8 of his paintings in our apartment)

The next day we went downtown and up the hill to el Cristo del Picacho, a large statue of Jesus that looks out over Teguc (and is just slightly higher up the hill than a huge Coca Cola sign...)

And if that wasn't enough, the NEXT day (if you're keeping up, we're at Wednesday now) we left Teguc and drove to the Copán Ruinas (ok, full disclosure, we took it easy on them and only drove halfway on Wednesday, we actually made it to Copán on Thursday).

After we got into town and checked into our hotel, we decided to take a trip to Macaw Mountain to see the birds.

The next day we spent the morning at the great museum Casa K'Inich:

That afternoon we spent some delightful hours at the actual Ruinas...I didn't know this about my dad, but apparently he'd wanted to see Maya ruins since he was in high school...needless to say, he REALLY enjoyed his time there!

Chris: The dancing jaguar is the new raptor!

Dad: the coach in the Mayan locker room

I think we were a little picture-happy on this trip :)

After two days in Copán it was time to say goodbye. :(

We drove to San Pedro Sula to drop Mom and Dad off, but had a good time watching the Iowa State-Ohio game on the big TV in the airport:

It was a really great week, and I'm sorry it took me so long to share with with you!

Theoretically my next post should be from chilly Iowa!

Thanks for reading!


  1. Thanks for sharing! Such a great trip and with your parents makes it very special. I read and enjoy your blog often but seldom comment. Karen in OR (also KF)

  2. Thank you for your comment, Karen! It's always nice to hear from readers, and especially nice when it's another KF! So glad you enjoy the blog--I'm making an New Year's Resolution to update it a bit more often, though! :)

  3. Wonderful pictures :-) You and Chris are starting to blend in very well. Pip also seems to be adjusting to Honduras ;-)

  4. Thank you for sharing,. Such a great experience in honduras kristen..ciao..:)


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