01 May 2007

I made it!

So, my day started today at 3:00 am. That´s when I woke up. I had Robyn take me to the airport, where I met Dallin, Jordan, and Kim...

Our first flight took off at 6:05 am from SLC to DFW. I don´t know when my next two flights took off, but I know that each of them were about two hours long and that they had about an hour between each one. From DFW I went to Miami, and from Miami I came to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. So exciting... Landing at San Pedro Sula was definitely less exciting than landing in Tegucigalpa, and a lot prettier, too. There were banana fields everywhere. It really is a Banana Republic.


I took this over the ocean somewhere between Miami and San Pedro. When we got through customs, we found that the Budget Car Rental guy was not at work. I had made a reservation with them, and was a little distraught that they weren´t there. I talked to Alamo, got a price, and then convinced Hertz to give me a better price (haggling/flirting works even on car rentals). The car we got, however, is about as long as Dallin!!! We managed to get inside okay.


We drove for an hour in some direction away from the airport looking for the Hotel Tornabe. I had talked to the owner a few days ago, and he said it was a great place, right on the ocean, etc. Well, we got to Tornabe, looked around, and decided it was the last place on earth we wanted to be. So we backtracked into Tela, found a decent hotel (Hotel Presidente), and here we are! It´s gated, has a guard, has air conditioning, and a pool, and is two blocks from the beach right in the center of town. We´ll see where we find to stay until we get to Tegucigalpa! We´ll be here in Tela all day tomorrow, and on Thursday we´ll leave for Copan Ruins. We´ll be there all day Friday, and then we´ll leave for Tegucigalpa, where we´ll turn the car in and take busses and taxis everywhere. It´s really humid now, and I think we´re going swimming! I´m surviving.


3 comments:

RobynandJoe said...

YAY! You made it! The picture of Dallin next to the car is funny. Have fun...good job flirting to get a good deal on the car rental. Be careful...you don't want to give any hondurenas the wrong idea :) Love ya!

Kimberly and Devon said...

We love you Michael! It is good to see you there, safe, and haggling your way through Honduras getting good deals. I am glad you are staying at a hotel with a guard! Don't do anything stupid and have fun!

Diane said...

I'm so glad you can communicate with us via your blog. It's good to see you made it there in one piece. I felt bad I missed your phone call today while I was at the museum, but it was good to at least hear your voice. Be careful!! I'm sure you'll have a great time. I'm glad you're in a safe place! Stay clear of the banditos. We love you! Can't wait to see you in Nashville.