Friday, February 22, 2008

A picture and a thought

As many of you know, I live in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Although the picture right next to these lines is not from my home city, it is a landscape of the country’s capital Tegucigalpa. Still, I think the view is breathtaking.

I visited there last weekend to attend a family engagement. The four hour drive was hard on the kids but they all enjoyed the green mountainous scenery, well, truth be told 2 of 3 fell asleep after the first hour.

A long time ago I was channel surfing as we all men do after the invention of the TV remote, I came across “Jeopardy” and was intrigued by the question that covered almost the entire screen:

Only Capital City in the world that does not have a railroad system.

It seemed to me like a $1,000 question, mostly because I didn’t know the answer, or at least I thought I didn’t.

The contester failed to respond and the camera zoomed into the little blue square that flipped revealing the white letter answer:


I will not go into the details of the sordid story behind the reasons of why we don’t have a rail road but it gave enough material for a 400-page book published back in the 90´s.

It was not the original Honduras’ capital but the legend tales it became so 1880 on account of some high-society gossiping about the then-President Marco Aurelio Soto´s wife in the former capital city Comayagua. It is amazing all the things we men do for our women!
Hope Mrs. Soto thought it was romantic!


Miriam van Veen said...

Those shots are beautiful.

J. H. Bográn said...

Thank you! I´m a photo aficionado...hehehe.