I have begun a new project with a non-profit organization called APUFRAM. We are working to make an ecological park near my town. Please go visit the new website at ecoparkapufram.wordpress.com. I am aware that it is in Spanish, but we are planning on publishing versions of everything in English as well. The website should be updated frequently.
This is how to thresh rice. Sorry it is long. I wish I could speed it up 2x.
The combine beginning to harvest the rice in the fields of Nestor today. I rode along for awhile.
Some sights and sounds from the carnival in my barrio about a month a half ago.
A video of the decorated garage for Lavina’s party
A Rare Reportage
As I was biking to my girlfriend’s house at 9:30 p.m. last night, I was thinking that a short recount of the day might make a decent post on my ever-reluctant newsfeed. I believe I can confidently say that no one else from back home had a day similar to mine. Of course, the fact that I even thought this shows how out of contact I am with what it means to live in the suburbs of Philly; no one...
A short update on the day to day
It is a rainy day and I thought I would write something short. How many times can I say that I have nothing to say? Would you like to know that I read this morning about the Phillies losing to the Braves? Or that I planted six “pito” seeds this morning? Or that I visited a well at a gas station earlier this afternoon in response to a call for my “GPS services?” Or maybe that I have been...
It all looks the same
We were swimming in the Gulf of Fonseca at Playa Grande, Amapala. Across the gulf past one or two unmanned and floating rowboats, we could see two volcanoes in El Salvador. El Salvador reached around the Gulf and tried to touch Nicaragua, which acted likewise but failed to complete the embrace. Honduras maintained its small outlet to the Pacific despite geographical and...
A March Work Update
In the past two days, I have received two requests to update my “Reluctant Newsfeed,” a name that has proved itself apt. Per these requests, I have decided to write a bit about the past few weeks despite my suspicion that it will be incredibility boring due to my tendency to include tedious details. It has been a time of false productivity. On the one hand, I completed two reports: one for...
The Con - 8 de Feb de 2010
On the 7th of February, I was working in Las Botijas, a community in the upper watershed. As there are only three buses each week and it is about two and a half hours from my home in Flores, I usually have to stay at least two nights in the community between coming and going. On this day, however, after my early morning meeting with the forestry cooperative, I decided to return home early if I...
Historical Guesses and Future Plans - 12 Jan. 2010
For a long time, I waited to renew our correspondence until I had visited a nearby archeological site, thinking that I would write a short story or maybe a fake historical piece about the area. At the very least, I thought I would have some interesting material to include in my letter to you. My friends who were going to be my guides, however, have yet to come through and take me on the two-hour...
My New Address
Kyle M. Earnshaw APDO 89 Comayagua, Honduras, C.A.
Children and Creation - 6 Nov 2009
I saw a girl of eleven delivering plastic chairs today to the office in a ’94 Isuzu manual pickup truck and thought it was a good opening for a post about children. I will apologize here if anyone thinks that my surprise sexist, but I will openly say that I have been regularly seen and reacted similarly to seeing 11-year-old male drivers as well. The legal age of driving here is eighteen, much...
First weeks, milk, and bull kills - 11 Oct 2009
Chendo, Darcin, and Josue (front to back) A Job Finished (Chendo, Edis) The point of this entry is to simply say that things are going well here in Barrio de La Curva, Flores, Comayagua, Honduras. My first week of work here was a busy one, crowded out with efforts to learn Spanish, learn the irrigation system, read about forest management and watershed management, and understand the...
The Beginning of my Life in Flores - 4 Oct 2009
I have moved. I am in my two-year home in Flores, Comayagua, Honduras. I came here on Saturday, October 1 with my counterpart, the manager of the District Office of Irrigation. I have met my family here: a woman of about seventy, and her daughter of about forty. Another daughter lives next-door with her family and the youngest son of about five lives with us. Being of the Pentecostal variety,...
The American Explorative Spirit - Sept 24 2009
Why is that that some people desire for one place in which to remain and others cannot stop hopping from one local to another? I have one friend much like myself here. He finds himself antsy when in one place for any long period of time, but he feels a strong desire to overcome this and find a place in which he can remain. He sees his time here as an opportunity to live in one village for two...
Waiting outside Tegus
Time drags on here in Los Planes, outside of Tegucigalpa, that quiet city turned city of confused conflict. No one knows the eventual outcome here, whether Zelaya will be reinstated, whether Micheletti will hold out, or whether some foreign organizing power will intervene and cause some unseen resolution. In reality, moreover, the particular resolution itself matters little to me; I only care...
Wasps and Culture 04 Sept. 2009
I have seen two very different Latin American nations and have noticed at least one similarity: the people have no qualms living with large wasp nests only a few feet away from their faces. Two out of the three houses I have lived in have had large wasp nests built on the ceilings of their porches. In addition to this, we also have a few wasp nests growing daily on the ceiling of the porch at our...
The Mule 29 August 2009
I cannot open every letter with, “Things are busy, I am learning Spanish, things changed this week, or there are always things to do here.” In spite of the fact that things are always undeniably true, will it not become rather tedious reading (and writing) this week after week? I think so. In consideration of this, I will try to mix it up in the future; I am not sure how, but this is the plan....
Second Week in La Cuesta 16 August 2009
Much has happened over the past week. These things have not been particularly significant, but they have symbolized a welcome change from the past four weeks. First, we were given our first opportunity to work with farmers. We were broken into groups of two and paired up with various farmers in the area. These farmers then took each group to their farms for the day. Don Rigoberto took me and...