Tomorrow morning I will leave the house at 5:30 AM to head towards Honduras. I will be there by lunch, if all goes as planned. A new colleague is travelling with me. His name is Blaine and he is a business professor at my university. This is his first time to Honduras, but he plans to return with me in May with 10 engineering students. I am looking forward to travelling with him. He's funny and insightful.
I am packing the day before. As usual, I feel overwhelmed and out of control. With each trip, I spend less time planning ahead. So it always feels like I haven't done enough. I am reminded that doing this type of work often involves an emotional struggle. This time I don't even have a hotel reservation. I don't think this is a problem, however, because I know several hotels in the area. But still, it is an unknown floating around in my brain. I am reminded of a line from a Caedmon's Call song, "I"m just a hammer helping to nail the future down."
Top Ten Things I Want From This Trip:
1) Get Blaine acclamated and provide him an opportunity to practice driving on "la via loca" - the crazy road. I just came up with that.
2) Find a new hotel in Jutiapa. I have always stayed in a different city, La Ceiba, but this time we want to be closer to the village.
3) Check on repairs to Danta Uno system.
4) Make payroll for employees at Danta Uno system.
5) Measure the flow of a big river near Pueblo Nuevo. This would be used for a system upgrade this summer.
6) Check the business/accounting of the Danta Uno system (Blaine).
7) Speak with engineers about applicable codes/laws.
8) Get pricing and availability information from electrical equipment supplier.
9) Come back alive.
10) Not throw up.