A weekend in San Pedro Sula

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San Pedro Sula is Honduras’ biggest city and main airport hub. It’s known mainly for being positioned within the country holding the current title of the world’s most dangerous. The city was well positioned for our itinerary and we have friends teaching there, so we ventured away from Belize and further on to Honduras. A speed boat whisked us from Placencia down to Puerto Cortez. It was an incredibly convenient way of travel–we were in the little port town (photo above) by early afternoon and in San Pedro Sula in time for happy hour.

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SPS is a rather nondescript city at first glance. It’s conglomeration of international fast food chains, busy circular roads that easily disorient the newcomer, and rushing traffic give the place a very rough feel. But our time in SPS opened up other layers to the city: beautiful mountain landscapes, an impressive central market with handicrafts, local liquors, cigars, and fresh tortillas, and a vibrant (albeit not immediately personable) atmosphere. Plus, it houses a great water park- thus the photos we’ve posted have a bit of a theme (we sadly didn’t have our camera with us at the market).

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Our friends living in SPS welcomed us into their home and openly discussed their experiences teaching children here– some stories were the classic kinds of tales that young kids say and do, very much like the ones we hear from our teacher-friends at home. Others were more reflective of the challenges of education in a country struggling with so many political issues. But overall, their experience here has been overwhelmingly positive. Honduras appears to hold education at a high importance.

We had a great time sharing stories about travel and culture shock– their experiences have certainly shared some similar themes to our journey.

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San Pedro Sula is a hard working city with all the challenges of any major urban center. As with any place with a reputation for danger, San Pedro Sula has multiple layers, and much more to it than what any news broadcast will divulge. Our experience here was a positive one. It is an honor for us to be able to visit places that are under such fire by the media– to be able to say ‘we’ve been there, and it’s not all that the media defines it as’.

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