Jun 15, 2009

Suyapa Basilica in Tegucigalpa

A few days ago I attended a religious celebration in the Suyapa Basilica, which is located in the Suyapa Village, in the city of Tegucigalpa. Suyapa is part of Tegucigalpa, and it's a place that every tourist should go if visiting Tegucigalpa.

In fact, most tours that tourists take in Tegucigalpa to see points of interest in the city include a trip to Suyapa. This is one of the sites every tourist should go in order to admire one of the most known places in Honduras.

Jun 12, 2009

A trip to Valle de Angeles

This weekend I will be making a trip to the colonial town of Valle de Angeles. I will stay there for the weekend to take a rest and relax a little bit from the crazy world we have in the city.

Everybody in Honduras knows that Valle de Angeles is one of the most beautiful colonial towns in Honduras, but not everybody from other countries knows about this beautiful site, so I will talk a little bit about it in this post.

Valle de Angeles is a beautiful small town very near Tegucigalpa, it´s about 25 minutes driving a car heading in a north-east direction out of the city, and deep inside into the mountains.

Many people from Tegucigalpa visit this town especially on weekends. The town is located in the middle of the mountains, the weather is just great, warm and cool, very nice.

You can go there and take a walk on the cobblestone streets, around the park. When you do that, you experience a very relaxing environment, you feel transported in time as if you were in a spanish colonial town a couple of centuries ago.

There are no security issues in Valle de Angeles, not that I know. When you are walking in the streets of Tegucigalpa, you always have the feeling that somebody is watching you, you have to be aware of everybody and everything around you, the truth is you have to take all necessary precautions, just like you would in any large city in the world.

In Valle de Angeles the story is completely different. You can walk around the town and don´t have to be worried about your security, you can have a feeling of peace. The town is very quiet, and people are very nice.

If you ever go to Valle de Angeles, don´t miss the craft exhibits, there are a lot of hand made crafts. There are several craft pavilions where you can take a look at some of the most beautiful handicrafts you could possibly imagine.

Leather, wood, clothes. Valle de Angeles is the most famous place in Honduras if you want to know about local customs and local handicrafts.

In a normal sunday, be aware that you will meet hundreds of tourists walking all over town. People from USA, Canada, Europe, Japan, just name any country. A lot of tourists go to Valle de Angeles, it´s a very common picture in that town to see like a tourist invasion on weekend days. It´s incredible.

If you go there in a normal week day, things are a lot more peaceful. You can always find some tourists, but nothing compared with the amount of tourists you can find in a normal sunday.

Valle de Angeles is a visit you can´t miss if you ever go to Tegucigalpa. Just 25 minutes trip as we said before.

I go there every time I can. I've been in Valle de Angeles hundreds of times, but I never get enough of Valle de Angeles. Someday I will live in Valle de Angeles, that´s a dream I have. People who live there have the environment of a colonial town, and also have the advantage of being only 25 minutes from the city.

That´s really convenient, isn´t it?

Jun 11, 2009

Honduras defeated El Salvador 1-0, a very tight soccer game

Last night Honduras got the most important objective of the soccer game vs El Salvador, Honduras won with a minimal difference 1-0 and this represents a victory. If we analyze the situation from this point of view, this was not a bad result.

Let´s remember the most important thing in these games is getting as much points as possible, it doesn´t matter very much if the team played great or played not very pretty. What really counts is the result.

Honduras was with the obligation of winning the game being the local team. In this case, the score was only 1-0, but that was enough to get the 3 points.

Everybody expected a better performance from our national team, perhaps more goals, some people were very optimistic before the game, they were anticipating scores of 2-0, 3-0 and even more.

Honduras had a couple of clear chances to score more goals last night, but couldn´t do it. I remember there was a play in the very last minute where Amado Guevara, the team´s captain, got himself completely alone against the Salvadorian goalkeeper, but his shot was not on target, the ball went too high and deviated. That could have been the 2-0 which was a better result of course.

The only goal was scored by Carlos Pavon, a veteran player. Many people say that he is not in shape. But he scored, that´s a good thing. Let´s remember he also scored against Mexico in a previous match. Somehow Carlos Pavon gets a special inspiration in these type of matches, he scores the goals when Honduras most needs it.

With the final result 1-0, many Honduran fans have mixed feelings about this. Some people say that we should be worried for the next games in the qualifying round, they say if Honduras plays the next game against Costa Rica with the same level of performance of last night game, it won´t be enough to defeat Costa Rica.

Well, it´s hard to anticipate what´s going to happen in the next games, each game is different, factors around each game are different every time.

In past years Honduras has had great performances in the field, but that has not been enough to get the results we want. The final result we all want is our team to qualify to the World Cup, that´s the main objective.

So far, Honduras has a perfect performance playing as local team. Honduras has won 6 out of 6 games playing as local team since the start of the qualifyings for the World Cup last year.

We have 3 more games to play as local team in the next few months, and Honduras has to win all 3 games if we want to maintain our aspirations for going to South Africa next year.

We also have 2 games to play as visitors: against Mexico and El Salvador. If we can get a couple of points playing as visitors, and could get all remaining points playing as local, we will be in South Africa for sure.

Let´s take a quick look at the standings after 5 games have been played by every team.

We can see that Honduras is 3rd, which is enough to qualify to the World Cup. So far, the objective is being achieved. From this point of view, the result 1-0 vs El Salvador was not that bad. We're getting things done, at least so far.

Our next game is against Costa Rica on August 12th, in San Pedro Sula. We will be playing as local team again. That will be the key game of this qualifyng round for Honduras. If we win, we will give a giant step into the World Cup. On the other hand, if we draw or lose, we´re almost finished.

Anything can happen. The only thing we can do right now is waiting a couple of months for this game, and hope for the best.