La Ceiba to Limon
Today we move from La Ceiba to Limon. It’s about a 4.5 hour trip, but takes all day. The day started with breakfast. I actually arrived at the restaurant before it opened at 6:30 a.m. I didn’t know the time, as I am without my watch and cell phone. But again, they were accommodating, seating me and serving me coffee until the food was ready.
In the morning we ran errands in town. I accompanied Chris to the bank, where we picked up the funds that had been wired over for the trip. Everyone else went to the grocery store to pick up food for the week in Limon. It’s interesting to compare prices with those back home, and also to see items for sale here that we don’t have in the U.S. And they still have “bagboys” (and girls, too, of course). They are not paid by the grocery store, but work exclusively for tips. We bought so much, and our haul had to be boxed and taped for the trip, so we tipped them handsomely. One young man was mute. He extended his hand to shake mine. I reached into my pocket and grabbed the Honduran currency I had just received in change – 13 lempiras (about 65 cents) – and palmed it to him as I shook his hand. I was embarrassed that it was so little, but his face lit up like it was Christmas! With a move that would have impressed Bruno Mars, he bounced over to show a friend his earnings. So I felt a lot better.
Then we traveled another hour down the road before stopping at three different markets for fruits and vegetables. Then it was of for another leg of the trip before stopping at Wendy’s for lunch in Toccoa. Interestingly, their fare was exactly the same as it is in the U.S. I thought the chili might be different, but it was classic Wendy’s chili. The only difference was the drink. They had a soft drink marked “tropical.” I thought that meant fruit punch, so I tried it. It was banana flavored. Someone compared it to a melted banana popsicle, and that was an apt description. But I drank one just to say that I had.
Then we finished the trip, unpacked, stocked the pharmacy and ate.