It’s coming up on 6 months I’ve been living in Honduras and let me tell you, every day holds its own set of challenges and sometimes, downright miseries. For the most part, I love this Honduras life. It feels like my own frontier of sorts but there are days that living here is just hard. It’s on those days I miss some of the luxuries of US living.
So not that you necessarily care but here’s my top 5:
1) Mail! Surprised? Why, yes, I do, I miss snail mail. Mail has always been one of my favorite things. (Not the bills, but you know, the happy mail.) It’s just special. I have always enjoyed walking to the mailbox after the mailman has run and flipping through everything. Sometimes there would even be a package or a handwritten card from a friend and that meant day made for sure! Ever said we could put up a mailbox but without mail, I just don’t think it would be the same. (There are no mail services in La Esperanza.)
2) Convenience. I know, I know, then why did you move to Honduras? Listen, in the US, we don’t realize how much we take convenience for granted. Oh you need to pay a bill? Do it from your phone. Need to grab some batteries? Stop by Walgreen’s. Want a coffee? Go through Starbucks drive thru. Want a glass of fresh clean water? Turn on your faucet.
Here, almost nothing is convenient. All bills are paid at the bank and not necessarily at the same bank. I have literally stood in line at the bank for hours trying to pay bills. Clean water—yeah, you have to buy that. Right now, it’s rainy season and the water is the color brown. We won’t even cook with it so that means more water we need to buy. Electricity—out for a day or two days for who knows why. Yep, that’s norm which has means no internet. And let’s don’t even talk about what the roads look like right now!
I told my mom the other day, I feel like I get less accomplished living here versus when I would come down several months throughout the year. I know that’s not true but simply living here takes effort. Nothing is easy. Wait, I take that back—ordering chicken from Dom Pollo is pretty easy (and yummy!)
3) Bookstores. I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember. I had neglected that joy for some time but am making a point to get back in the habit, even if it’s fun and light reads. I have never neglected walking through a bookstore (or library) at any available opportunity. There’s something that just soothes my soul walking through aisles and aisles of books, reading the back of book after book. I LOVE it. Take me there now! When we were in the States, I took Ever to a Lifeway and he could not believe how many books there were. He said “This would never succeed in Honduras. No one reads.” And unfortunately, for the most part, that’s true and I fear it is part of why poverty has been prolonged in this country. So many are illiterate but also unlike the schools in the US, I don’t see teachers or schools encouraging a love of reading in their students. Reading has the ability to take us anywhere in the world, to grow our minds and our understanding of the world we live in. It is sad but I have yet to find a bookstore in Honduras. (Hey, if you know of one, please direct me there ASAP!)
4) Chick-fil-A + Starbucks. I know there’s probably some rule that those two things are not supposed to be in the same phrase but it’s true, I miss them both. I’m not the only who misses Chick-fil-A in our house. After visiting Chick-fil-A more than once while in the States, Ever’s love of Chick-fil-A was also started. I’m not picky—I can take their Chick-fil-A biscuit for breakfast or their Chick-fil-A sandwich for lunch. Either one would help with this Chick-fil-A craving.
Starbucks, I almost feel guilty missing while I live in a country with literally some of the best coffee in the world. But if I’m being honest, it’s the flavors I miss—the Salted Caramel Mocha Latte. Oh yes, please! And strangely enough—tea! I ask for Chai Tea in every little coffee shop here in La Esperanza. Every once and a while, I’ll luck up and someone will actually have chai. I’ve never been a big hot tea drinker but drinking tea reminds me of sitting in Mrs. Cheryle’s living room sipping on our teas and talking about Honduras and Jesus, which brings me to number 5…
5) Community. Living in Honduras would be by far easier if I had family right around the corner. If I could meet up with my girlfriends for coffee (even without the flavors) to chat and sharpen each other. That is what I miss most. I miss getting see my nephews growing up. I miss getting to do a Bible study in person with a friend. I miss my good long heart-to-hearts with my mommy. I miss going to church and having people greet me in English. Friendships are a treasure and I miss the life-giving friendships the Lord has so wonderfully blessed me with in the States. This is honestly a real point of prayer for me—a friend. One who speaks English and yet understands life here in Honduras and most importantly is HERE in Honduras. As you think about it, I’d very much appreciate your prayers for the Lord to bring that friend into my life.
Well, that about covers it, folks. That’s what I miss from the good ole US of A. Every day here in Honduras is an adventure and I’ve gotta say, I’m thankful that somehow God saw fit to put me here. I’m learning. I’m growing. Sometimes I’m missing but I’m never missing the most important thing of all—His presence. He goes before me. He goes behind me. He surrounds me on all sides and He gives me strength when I think this is just too hard. I am thankful to be on this journey with Him!