Thursday, October 15, 2009

Honduras al mundial!!!

Last night Honduras clenched their spot to go to the World Cup for the first time since 1982.


Hondurans (like most Latin Americans) are crazy for soccer. And securing a trip to the World Cup 2010 for the first time in almost 3 decades...especially during this current political crisis....was cause for a MAJOR celebration. The President even declared today as a national holiday (meaning, no work!) in honor of the big win.



We went out last night to witness the celebrating in the streets. And I have never seen anything like it in my life. Everyone piled in their cars and in the backs of trucks driving around honking and waving Honduran flags.

I really really wanted to drive down the Blvd. Morazan (one of the main streets here in Tegus) so I could get some good videos for you of the craziness, but traffic made it impossible to get there. We only made it as far as my in-laws house, and they live 4 blocks from the boulevard. Once there, we saw on TV that the boulevard was one big traffic jam, with masses of drunk of people running around. (Click here to see it.) We decided it probably wasn't a safe place for any of us to be. So, you'll have to settle for this video of the traffic in front of my in-laws house heading towards the boulevard. It's still pretty crazy...


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Then today, the airport was packed when the team came back to Honduras. Click here to see it. They drove around the city in yet another caravan honking and waving flags to celebrate again.

I'm so proud of Honduras...it really is the "little country that could!" :)

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