Living in Honduras or Guatemala as a foreigner is sometimes hard, mostly fun and never boring. This Blog is about more than just the oddities of my years in the not-so tranquil, cobble-stoned town of Copán Ruinas and, more recently, Antigua Guatemala. Hence Serendipity, the gift of finding without seeking…
Saturday, August 25, 2012
important. Whether they‘re pop stars, astronauts, Nobel Prize winners or
athletes, they can lift up the spirit of a whole nation. Just see how
heart-warming the welcome race walker Erick Barrando received in Guatemala after winning a
silver medal at the Olympics!
doesn’t have a Shakira, Ronaldinho, Che Guevara, Vargas Llosa or Ricky Martin.
Not that Honduras doesn’t
have talent, it’s just that so far there hasn’t been an musician, actress,
politician (not even a bad one!) or artist that has put Honduras on the
But heroes there
are plenty, even though they’re mostly busy being invisible and unappreciated.
heroes here are the people from the ENEE, the national electricity company. Not
the people who run that miserable enterprise, but the people who fix all the
problems. Millions of them!
As soon as a
tropical storm hits, you can be sure a light post will fall down somewhere, a
cable will break or a transformator will be hit by lightning. To the ENEE people
the ungrateful task to jump in the car, find the fault (anywhere between Copán
and La Entrada, 60km from here) and fix it. Often in the rain and wind, at any
possible hour, but of course usually in the pitch black of a stormy night. They
climb posts in rain and hail, risk their lives and sometimes get badly hurt,
such as what happened to Moncho a few months ago, who got a shock, fell down
but saved his own life by making a big cut in his hand so the electricity surge
could leave his body (as his aunt explained me). Moncho was happy to make it,
but is still limping badly. Oh, and if the work isn’t dangerous and challenging
enough, they have to deal with dozens of calls from copanecos to their cell
phones who want to know why there is no luz
and when it will be back on.
These men are
true heroes and I hope they realize how much I appreciate the job they do.