One of the true joys of traveling in Honduras, were the people. It is difficult to say the people when referring to Honduras, since there are so many different people in this Central American country. A large majority is mestizo or ladino, meaning they have mixed European and Central American Indian forefathers. There are also Amerindians, and then there are also blacks and whites. In general, whatever their race, the people I met were friendly, curious to foreigners, sometimes shy, but almost always cordial and helpful.
It also struck me that often people would not have a clue where my country was. They always asked, but when I told them I was from Europe, they often said, oh, that must be far. Some thought it might be as far as Mexico, others would say, isn't it close to Iraq, where there is a war, or is it part of the United States? It was always a clear sign of how little people travel, how much they often stick to their own region - they often didn't know places of their own country I had been to. While traveling for foreigners might be cheap in Honduras, for locals it is not always so, especially not long distance travel.
But this only meant they were very interested to meet foreigners, to talk to me, to talk about themselves, ask about me. Another thing I noted was that people were generally very honest, and seldomly tried to take advantage of meeting a traveler which by definition is a rich person for them. In fact, while walking in the highlands, I was often offered a ride on the back of a pickup car, and most of them didn't even want any money for that.
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