This is how I was greeted, after climbing a Mayan pyramid ruin in Copan/Honduras and looked through the forest. Makes me remember the Fawkes, the Phoenix, from Harry Potter series, especially when they were gliding through the air with their long tail. They live around 60 years, with only one mate, which they also share food together. Quite inspirational, that they’re flying freely over the lands of their ancestors, where they were considered sacred by Mayans
2 months diaries of Dec-Jan in Latin America filled a small notebook. I try to take diaries everyday.
Family, memories, future, moments, heritage are some important things in my life. For example, I recorded videos of my grandmother, aged 80, last summer in her summer house, while she was cooking traditional Turkish food. So that her unique cooking skills won’t be forgotten, and will be transferred to next generations. That i will hopefully show those videos to my grandchildren in future, tell them about the best chef I’ve met in my life
Happy new year from Honduras with the mascots of the country 😇Such an ending to a year to watch these birds fly freely in their own nature in forest, whose presence fill me with great amount of peace and hope.
This is how I was greeted, after climbing a Maya pyramid ruin in Copan/Honduras and looked through the forest. Makes me remember the Fawkes, the Phoenix, from Harry Potter series, especially when they were gliding through the air with their long tail. They live around 60 years, with only one mate, which they also share food together. Quite inspirational, that they’re flying freely over the lands of their ancestors, where they were considered sacred by Mayas.
But nobody told me that 5 chickenbus/minibus (dolmuş) changes, then a pickup rear deck, transferring to Guatemala again from El Salvador before Honduras, for only 180 km, 7.5 hours of travel.
It was so fearful to pass the border at night alone and seeing there’re no busses, just some mafia looking police officers who wants to overcharge you in the middle of darkness to transfer you with their cars for only 10 km. Luckily miracles happen, like a Guatemalan international truck driver that I’ve met on the route in a minibus, who arranged me a free ride with his excellent local skills from a passing pickup in the darkness.
As soon as i reached my hostel, quickly bought a Hondureño rum and a cigar to relax and forget everything, which stole 10 years from my heart&life xD
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Do you want to experience “Fast&Furious” movies in a more realistic way, instead in front of TV screen?
In the place of sending retired US school buses to scrap, they are driven to Guatemala (or various Latin American countries like Belize, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama) for less than 2000$ USD at auctions.
Drivers modify interior and exterior of them, adding extra seats, painting colorful decals, stickers and lighting, like you would do in “Need for Speed” games.
Then it’s time to open full sound Reggaeton inside that will pump you with energy and the macho soul of Fast&Furious. We are now ready to go full speed in the road, overtake normal sedan cars, corner sharply that you’ll think you’re actually drifting.
The most important thing is, people use it ecologically, by filling 2 person seats with 3 people. Villagers can carry their living chickens, or they can fill the bus with people like packed chickens. But be careful with your belongings, that it’s fairly easy to get your things stolen in this bus; or sometimes in big crazy cities (like Guatemala City), gangs stop these buses in their gang territory and take valuables of people like you’re in 1800s Wild West. In this case, may the Biblical writings near the driver window may help you.