Sunday, July 27, 2008

Hanging shoes out to dry

Photo taken in La Planeta neighborhood of San Pedro Sula

Brother in law: You should stay off the street one block up from here. There are a lot of mareros on that street.
Me: Oh, you mean the street with all the shoes hanging on the power lines?
Brother in law: Yeah, that one.
Me: Oh, I know that one. We walked down it and I took pictures.

I tried to convince my husband that shoes hanging on lines can mean various things. After doing some research later I found there is no definitive reason, but it is generally thought that some sort of negative activity occurs underneath them. The mister says a lot of times Hondurans just throw them up there for fun. Maybe it is a way of disposing of unwanted old shoes :)

Friday, July 25, 2008

Carrera de Cinta

During the August fair and other assorted times throughout the year, an event called Carrera de Cinta takes place in the border town of Naranjito, SB. The event is called this because there is a line hanging across a street with rings hanging by strings from it. The goal of this event is to ride down the street fast and catch a ring by putting a pencil through it. Normally the rider holds the pencil high after he has captured the ring because it won't count if the ring falls off at the end of the ride. The task is difficult because of the speed and size of the hole the pencil must go through. Normally a handful of riders will accomplish this in each competition. The horses that participate in the event are well-fed and well-groomed unlike the majority which are usually skinny. One rider says that he uses a bottle of shampoo a day to keep his horse looking nice.

Here are a couple short clips of the event:


video

video

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Pobre Monkey

While attending a graduation party, one of the fellow guests told me there was a "mona" in the back of the yard. "A what?" I thought, never imagining what I would see when I went back to check it out. I went back with a father and child, toting a flashlight to see what was there in the dark. Sure enough, a mona was to be found. It is a pretty depressing sight to see an animal chained to a tree that probably doesn't get much interaction. She reportedly has been there many years. Anyone want to take part in a night liberation operation?