August 07, 2020

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Pre and in the middle of COVID

Hello Friends....
My new morning workspace.

I am going to try to get the blog up and running again. This will be my FaceBook replacement to post pictures and thoughts about being untethered here in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. 

Right now though, I am feeling very tethered. We have been in quarantine since March 15th and finally things are loosening up a bit. Our required measures between March 15th and now were:
  • We got to leave the house once every 2 weeks to get supplies and do banking. 
  • Masks required everywhere.
  • Feet (and bodies sometimes) disinfected prior to entering a place of business.
  • No one could leave the house on Saturday or Sunday. 
  • Airport closed
  • City limits locked down no one leaves the city. 
Now with the measures "loosened up", We get to:
  • We get to leave the house once every 2 weeks to get supplies and do banking and some other stores  open to 20% of their work force
  • Masks required everywhere.
  • Feet and bodies sometime disinfected prior to entering a place of business.
  • No one can leave the house on Saturday or Sunday. 
  • We might be able to take a trip if our IDs match our dates of travel.
  • The city is not absolutely locked down like before. 
  • Airports opening soon. I think August 17th.
It's kind of the same but we get to shop in a few more places. 

So as you can imagine the last 5 months have been rather difficult, but also rather boring. We do feel that the measures that we have been forced to take, have kept us safe and have kept others around us safe as well. So while we are bored we don't feel like it is a such a terrible thing for us to do in terms of the social impact. Here are some pictures of us trying to get through the quarantine with a positive attitude. Mostly it's boring though. 
Finding new places to relax in the house. 

Playing games 
Watching movies

This was our first restaurant delivery. Seafood Pallea yum..
 Kerry trying new recipes.

Helping the poor through this.

Kerry doing a crossword puzzle..
Playing more games. 

Sitting in different places around the house. 
Early quarantine, when we couldn't go anywhere, the people would come to our community and sell vegetables, chicken, and bread. Kind of in a vegetable line here. Very socially distanced.  


We had a group grocery store delivery sent to us and the teachers, this is us organizing the bags of groceries for the teachers. 


We were also lucky to have an opportunity to have our friend Joel out to have a proper vacation right before the country locked down. I have some pictures to share. 

Joel came to visit on March 6th. We picked him up from the airport and headed directly out to a place called Pico Bonito. It is a wildlife nature area sort of compared to Up North. It is a destination for hiking, playing in the Congrejal River,  mountain biking and much more. It is near a town called La Ceiba which we will also be returning to see another time. 

A basket to cross the Might Congrejal River
The Campers at our Cottage. 


Being pulled across the Mighty Congrejal by a student they pulled out of class from the local high school 

Looking across the Mighty Congrejal 

Mountain Biking with Joel

Transportation up the mountain to mountain bike down. 

Joel Relaxing in the Pool

Crossing a suspension bridge before our hike.
Success, we made it to the waterfall. 
Kerry crossing the river. 
Crossing the suspension bridge over the Mighty Congrejal. 


Our cottage on the river.
Pool at the cottage

Pico Bonito Water Fall view from the cottage. 

We returned to the house on Tuesday the 10th of March, Joel had a couple of days to see the school, and relax by the pool. 


We went to Copan Ruins on Thursday right after school. In Copan, we saw enjoyed the City for an evening and then explored the Mayan Ruins. They are amazing. 






After the Ruins, we checked out of the Hotel and made ur way to Macaw Mountain which is a Macaw and other bird reserve. They take the Macaws and rehabilitate them until they can release them to the Copan Ruinas. They stay there a while until the eventually are reintroduced to the wild. 

We left the Macaw mountain and headed up a super treacherous road to the Jaguar Luna Hot Springs. 

We enjoyed them for a couple of hours and then made our way to the Finca Cisne which is a coffee farm. They have an amazing farm house that we rented for the evening. They made us breakfast in the morning before our horse back riding tour through the coffee farm. After the tour we had a typical Honduran farm lunch before we made the three hour journey home.   
The farm house



Farm Transport



The coffee farm. Finca Cisne...


Cacao Beans....  The seeds are delicious.....




After tour lunch set up. It was delicious. 

The next day we took Joel to the airport and the country closed. We have basically been locked in since then, only going out for groceries and the bank. 

We will always remember the trip because of the the closeness it has to COVID Pandemic. We also feel fortunate to have had the time right before the lock down, it has definitely mentally helped us through the lockdown. 

June 28, 2019

Time to blow the dust off the blog

It has been a while since my last post. Since my last post, I traveled through South America, lived in Mexico City and Madison, WI. 

Iguazu

Atacama Desert 
Unuyi



Unuyi

Botero in Colombia

Colombia


Mexico

Mexico

Mexico


Moving

Up North

Moving

Horicon

Moving

Our Shipment

Ripon

Packers game!

Christmas!

Chicago!

Chazen in Madison

Assembly Madison

Goofy nephew babysitting 
Making Pasta with Jan and Ted



Traveling to Honduras


Mallards in Madison

Mallards in Madison

Phewwwww, Now....

Kerry and I are preparing for yet another move. In August, we will be moving to San Pedro Sula (SPS), Honduras. SPS will be the first place we live in Central America. I spent the winter searching for my next job and found a job in an international school called, Escuela Internacional Sampedrana. It is an international school with 1500 students set in the foothills of the Merendón mountains in the department on Cortés. The campus is beautiful and the students are very nice and speak English at an almost native level.  I will be the Dean of Academics in charge of the AP Capstone program, teaching strategies professional development, and an internship program that I have to have ready to go by the end of the year. 

SPS, Escuela Internacional Sampedrana

SPS Escuela Internacional Sampedrana


Omoa, Honduras

Pulha Falls, Honduras

Golf in SPS!
It will be a bit of a transition for me considering that I haven't worked in high school yet and I haven't taught since 1996. :) I guess I will be a little ahead of Kerry as she hasn't ever taught. We will both teach the same class. I will have 10th grade students and Kerry 11th grade students. We will teach the AP Seminar class for the first time in the school. We both are looking forward to the experience.  

So we are now in full transition mode. We have moved a bunch of our things to Jenny and John's house and have them stored there until July 23rd when they will be packed and shipped to our house in SPS. 
Our stuff ready to move to Honduras
In the meantime, we are heading to Tommy's house today, the cottage on Monday, training in Baltimore the following week and the cottage for the final two weeks before the move on July 29th. Oh yeah, and we are visiting friends in Rhinelander during those final weeks after training as well. 

So that is the update. I will begin posting some of my favorite pictures to this site. I will also begin a transition away from Facebook. I just feel like it is all getting too big and I am too connected to the website and I shouldn't be so connected to anything that much. I am going to try to continue to be in contact with friends and family through this website and I haven't decided yet how exactly I am going to post the pictures. I feel like this is a good forum or I might make a more private website. Once I figure it all out I will send a notification to all friends and family as to where to find me. 

The transition will be slow, but I hope to make it so that I am able to keep in contact with everyone easily. It might take a bit more work to stay connected, but our friendships are worth it.