The morning of our last full day started a little rocky. Multiple students weren’t feeling the greatest but after an assortment of medicines and rehydration we were back on our feet. Today was our relaxation day so we hopped in the van and took a 45 minute drive to Tela.
The beach in Tela we went to is part of the northern Caribbean coast. The sand was really white and fine. The group got a little cabana for some shade. We spent the day swimming, tanning, and relaxing. A few of the scholars were there and it was nice to hangout with them. Oscar (different than the Oscar whose house we danced at) buried a few people in the sand. It really was just a fun time.
After the beach we went into town to get lunch. Lunch was simple but nice; we had pizzas. Next we went down by a beach nearby and looked at some of the artisan jewelry that was being sold. On our way home there was an accident between two big trucks. The traffic was stopped so our bus driver drove on the shoulder for a bit. He ended up getting in trouble for it but we were still able to make it home. The rules of the road are a bit different here.
To end our night we had a big party with a bunch of the scholars. We started by swimming in the pool. It was surprising to find out that most of the scholars didn’t know how to swim. Then we had tacos for dinner. We all took a million pictures with all of the scholarship students and said some of our final words. To end the night we sang some karaoke. Although our singing voices sound pretty off-key we still had a blast! Long, meaningful hugs were given and we said our last goodbyes.
This whole experience has been amazing. The people of Honduras truly touched our hearts. It has been astonishing to see such optimism, kindness and hope from everyone we met. It has helped us strive to do more and to appreciate all the things we have back home. Each day just got better and better. It is going to be really hard to leave this beautiful place. A special thanks goes to OYE and all their scholars and coordinators. They have helped to give us a meaningful reflection of the country and make this experience great.