Classifying to the World Cup.

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Four years ago, on this same day Honduras was paralyzed for 90+ mins. Our team was playing against El Salvador on a game that it was all or nothing- we had to win. We were playing for a chance of classifying to the World Cup. We had 28 years of not classifying to the World Cup and this time we were so close to making it. The game was played in Cuscatlan, Salvador. Many people traveled to support our team but of course not everyone could traveled so restaurants, bars, houses in Honduras were packed with people watching the game; streets were empty because everyone was watching the game. I remember it was such a difficult game, the score was 0-0 and everything was looking bad because we didn’t only depend on our score but the score of the match USA-Costa Rica. Costa Rica had to lose and we had to win our game in order for us to classify, but none of that was happening. We were not scoring and Costa Rica was winning 2-0. We were all suffering but not giving up, not losing hopes, and I remember clearly how in the second half on minute 18 my all time favorite player elevated our hopes and scored a great goal against El Salvador. The feeling was amazing we were closer than ever. But our game finished and Costa Rica was still winning against USA, the American thing only had 4 minutes or so to score two goals and send them home. In those 4 minutes Honduras was still paralyzed- now we were watching a different game and cheering for a different team, USA. Our team was still in Cuscatlan the field waiting to hear about the results that were going to decide if we made it or not, people in the stadium were quiet hoping for the best. And in those four minutes miracles happened, USA scored two goals and gave us the ticket to a so long dream of an entire country. When our team received the news in El Salvador’s field people went crazy, celebrating, crying, yelling. Our players started running around, jumping of joy, went on their knees and thanked God, hugged each other, they couldn’t believe it- no one could. After 28 years of not making it to a World Cup, we classified once again, we were in it again.

You might think it’s not a big deal but honestly, you would have to be Honduran to understand. That year was such a difficult year in my country- we had earthquakes (which never happens here), we had several viruses killing people (Influenza H1N1), and severe political issues. And after so many bad things happening to us, after a terrible year our football team was giving us hopes and something to look for. It was God’s way of rewarding us. It was not only happiness, but it was something that was making us feel proud of our country- not everything sucked now.

Football in Honduras is a big deal, we don’t only watch it, we live and love it. It brings the entire country together, and it that moment we are all one big family who is hoping for the same- our team to win.
When our national team plays, our country stops moving and we all get together to watch the game. Stores, banks, Universities- everything is closed except for bars and restaurants where you can watch the game. That day everyone is smiling, excited and dressed up in blue and white which is our flag colors, you can also see flags everywhere- cars, houses, banks, malls, etc.
We feel that is more than just a game that we are winning- it just takes our minds off our daily issues. All the deaths, unemployment, violence, corruption; they are all gone for those 90 minutes our team is playing. We are all one big family no matter gender, age or social status. There’s probably nothing that unites our country as much as football does.
We might not have the best team in the world, and we might not be as good as Spain but there’s something you won’t find in some other teams and we got it- our players give out their hearts in the field. They play with passion. And even though we don’t win every single match, it’s such a joy to see them play. We might be pessimistic about everything that happens here but we never are when it comes to our football team, and even when there’s no chances to win we never give up our hopes. And when we win it’s an endless party, you will find people out in the streets celebrating ’til 4 am, hugging complete strangers and drinking all night long.

There’s nothing like living a game in Honduras, and it’s contagious. You can find many foreigners celebrating with us, for our team. It’s impossible to describe or explain why, but there’s something special about watching a game in Honduras. It’s an adventure, it’s an experience full of passion and joy. You can find people who don’t cheer as much for their country as they do for Honduras. I’ve had friends from different places being just as passionate about our team as we are, and when I ask them if they were just as passionate about their national team their answer is no; and they can’t explain why they feel so good to cheer for our team. It’s a mystery but it’s just amazing.

Tomorrow we have a very important match, and it will basically decide if we classify to the World Cup or not, we play against Jamaica. But just like last time, it doesn’t only depend on our score. Costa Rica is playing against a very strong Mexico. In order for us to classify Honduras must win and Mexico must lose against Costa Rica. We are crossing fingers already, and tomorrow is the day when our country will be paralyzed.
If you ask a Honduran who their national heroes are, and who is most respected- it won’t be a politician or the president, it’s our National Football Team. They unite us, they give us joy and hopes of something better, they never fail to make our country happy. Hopefully tomorrow won’t be the exception, and even if things don’t go as planned we have so many reasons to love our team. But we want to cry tears of joy tomorrow, just like we did four years ago!

Vamos mi “H”! Brazil 2014 is more than a dream!
Hasta la vista,
Adri ❤️

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Singing in the shower.

I have a hidden passion that not everyone knows about- I love music. I am constantly asking God why didn’t he gifted me with an amazing voice. I know, we all love music and it’s a big part of our lives; but I am truly passionate about it, I LOVE music and I can’t go more than an hour without listening to music. I enjoy taking a shower mostly because I get to perform without people complaining about my voice, haha. Being a singer was my first dream as a kid, I would sing all the time, and when I was a kid my voice didn’t sound that bad (at least no one complained about me having a horrible voice). I remember that during my elementary years I was part of the school’s choir, and then on middle school I was part of my school’s band; I was obviously not the main attraction but I got to sing many times and it was amazing. Now, I am conscious of my not-so-beautiful voice and I don’t torture people by forcing them to hear my song, haha. But music is always a part of my life; just like everyone, I enjoy music, I need music all day, everyday to relax, to improve my mood or just to feel understood. Yes, sometimes the only way I feel understood is through a song. And sometimes the only way I have of communicating is through a song- doesn’t it happen to you? Sometimes you are so overwhelmed, so confused, you have so many things in your mind and yet not one reasonable sentence comes out of your mouth, but then you listen to a song and you connect to it, you feel that it says all you’ve been trying to say, and suddenly that songs fit you perfectly. And what’s amazing about music is that you’ll always find one song that fits you- ALWAYS! No matter what mood you are in, no matter the situation or what you are dealing with you’ll always find a song that will be “just right” for an specific moment.
Music is so powerful, because just like you can find a song that goes perfectly with your mood, just as well you can discover how a song can AFFECT your mood. Call me crazy, but music has the power of changing your mood- good or bad. It happens to me all of the time. I remember so many mornings when I was on my way to work with my friend, we are obviously not morning persons and whenever we had to wake up way too early we would be in such a bad mood but then we would turn on the radio, look for a good song and in matter of seconds we were dancing, yelling out the song and just dramatizing the song. Did we look crazy and ridiculous? Yes, of course, all of the people in other cars would be staring at us, giving us crazy looks. But it didn’t matter, now we had the energy to start of a day- just by singing a song at loud. And you can also be affected in a totally opposite way, if you are feeling great but for some reason you start listening to very soft songs, or the heartbreak songs you will find yourself feeling sad, and suddenly you are not feeling energetic.
And this is not only things I just made up, but it’s actually proven. I remember learning a bit about the topic when I started my psychology degree, and they would give us examples on how music can affect your mood and how restaurants and supermarket and different business take advantage of that; when the place is full they put on happy music, the one that makes you wanna dance- why? Because that music makes you move faster, gives you energy in some way. So when the place is full they need you to be faster, to shop faster and to leave so you can make space for the
people who are coming in. And then when the place is relatively empty they switch to slow pace music, because they want you to take your time and look at everything they offer and you always end up taking something that you didn’t plan.
Another example on music’s power is when you are a baby- it is very common that they recommend pregnant women to put on some Mozart or Beethoven for the baby to listen to it even when it’s just inside the belly. It can help their babies once they are born in so many ways. For example: if the mother puts music to the baby while she is pregnant to use it as relaxation, when the baby is born and the baby starts crying if the mother puts on the same song the baby will start calming himself down, because it will remind him of the days he was inside the belly and will make him feel protected. Also, you can train your baby. If when you are pregnant you put some music before going to sleep every night then once the baby is born he can get into the routine of going to sleep every time he listens to that same music.

Music has so many health benefits and the good thing is that it’s cheaper than medicine AND it doesn’t have side effects. Scientist are still studying why or how exactly does it help, but one thing that everyone knows is how it reduces stress and anxiety- and that is pretty amazing because anxiety and stress tend to cause you so many different and unexpected sickness and if you reduce it then chances are you won’t be getting sick oftenly.

Music also unites people.

This is so true, and maybe you would think that it only unites teens who feel connected to so many other teens they don’t know just because they are all inlove with One Direction or Justin Bieber; but music unites all types of people, regardless their age, gender or race. Maybe you are a 20 year old who likes Maroon 5 or Justin Timberlake, or a 50 year old who loves Elton John or a guy who loves Metallica. But either way, if you go to a concert of your favorite artist or group you will end up connecting to thousands and thousands of strangers that feel similar to you, and you won’t care you don’t know them at all but in that moment they will be your family, your friends who are connected by music.

Music is one of God’s greatest gift and you have music for your great days, special days like your wedding, bad days like when you broke up with your boyfriend- any day, any time. Sometimes you don’t need to understand things and you just need to feel it, feel it in every part of your body and that’s how music works and that’s what music is for.
That’s why artists should stop making crappy music, singing songs that have no meaning and acting stupid just to become more popular. They should sing meaningful music, write lyrics to which people will identify and prove that you want to inspire not just sell records. Sometimes songs are not the problem but it’s the artist who doesn’t have the passion that the song requires. When you hear a song you should not only hear the original version, you should listen to the covers. You can always find tons of suggestions of people who made covers to “x” song on YouTube, and if you give it a try you won’t be disappointed. Sometimes the greatest talent, the real artist are not the ones who are making millions of dollars for a record and have more popularity. Now a days, the real talent is yet undiscovered and it’s mostly because people don’t take a minute and don’t give the chance to listen to those artist who don’t have much fans, to those artist who are recording from a laptop camera in their rooms.
I take time to listen to new talent, and I’ve found a way of discovering so many talented people- through Vine believe it or not there’s more than just funny vines, but you will also find new artist playing their songs or covers.
I have a new favorite artist, his name is Joey. I am trying to contact him for an interview because I’ve been following him and his sister on vine for a while, they both sing and let me tell you their last cover just blew my away. I couldn’t stop listening to the song, I kept on repeating and getting goose bumps, it was just amazing. Hopefully soon I’ll be posting my first interview about the talented siblings.

Remember, find music that will affect you in a positive way. Music that will inspire you, don’t stick to something just because everyone is listening to it. You will find the real power of music once you start opening yourself to things that are new- not only the popular. Of course there’s a lot of very talented artist who ARE already popular, but not because you see them on MTV means that they are good.

Turn on the radio, sit back and enjoy the music, feel it, fall inlove with it..

You can listen to Joey and his sister, Jessi here

Hasta la vista,
Adri ❤️

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Living in the world’s most dangerous city.

I don’t know if you knew this or not but San Pedro Sula (the city where I live) has been chosen more than once as the world’s most dangerous city. Now, I have no idea who decides which is the most dangerous city and what information do they use exactly to make such a decision. But to be chosen as the most dangerous city out of more than 4,000 cities in the world it’s something is pretty big in the worst way possible. (I don’t know what’s the accurate number of cities in the world but you can have an idea here )
I don’t know how is it to live in a my other country or city, I don’t know if there is truly no place as unsafe as my beautiful San Pedro but I would like to think we are not the only ones that are being dominated by violence.
I want to give you an introduction to what it’s like to live in Honduras. This is such a beautiful place and has so many beautiful people; we are warm, nice, loving and very charismatic people, and you will always find people smiling when you walk in the streets.
I’ve lived here for 21 years- that’s all my life. I remember growing up in a city where I could play on the street, where I could sit outside and enjoy nature and enjoy life. I remember growing up surrounded by beautiful people, where even strangers would stretch out a hand to help you out, where you could sit and talk to someone you just met on a mall, on the street or anywhere and you could just enjoy a nice conversation. But as I grew older it has become harder and harder to do those things and be spontaneous and go out and become friends with total strangers on the street. In some way I feel like Dora the Explorer (haha) because I had much more freedom as a kid than I do now as an adult. Not because my parents don’t let me have that freedom but it’s more due to the fact that violence doesn’t allow me to live freely.
Do you know what’s like to wake up everyday and find in the newspapers that there were at least 3 heartless murders while you were sleeping? That’s what we live daily. I can’t remember the last time I saw a newspaper and there wasn’t at least three news talking about some murder or some kidnapping. When I was younger we had to live some violent days, we had a hard period where gangsters would take over parts of the city and make a hell out of it, or they started kidnapping people and ask for outrageous amounts of money in order to return the victim and they would just end up killing that person if you paid or not. It wasn’t a nice season for us, but we were able to overcome those days and didn’t let gangsters keep us from living life and enjoying, we didn’t let them rule over us. But it’s been quite a few years since a new issue has been affecting us- that’s drug cartels. I can only compare these last years to the era of Pablo Escobar in the 80’s and early 90’s in Colombia. If you are a Colombian, you will understand exactly what I mean. It’s amazing how powerful and how indestructible this “business” is. It has taken over out country and unlike Colombia we have no honest authorities, we don’t have people who will stand up for our country and say “it’s been ENOUGH”. All the powerful people who can actually do something about it are being bribed and rather think for the moment receiving money from this people instead of thinking long term and realize that if they keep letting this drug “lords” do what they please in a future there would be no way of actually living in here. And it would be such a waste- such a beautiful place will just become uninhabitable. It’s already hard to survive, it’s already sad how we live I just can’t imagine how it will be 5 years from now.
Where I live the pizza is delivered faster than the police would ever react to an emergency. Why? Is it become they are THAT useless? No, it’s mostly because they are being paid by the same guys who go around destroying, murdering and doing all sort of illegal things you could think of. You can’t ever trust the police, because most likely they will end up doing the job the bad guys started. Instead of feeling safe you feel scared around them.
It’s no secret that we have a pretty bad economy, and salaries are so low. There are places in my country where people are so poor that a family of four people has to survive with only $1 or $2 a day; yes, with only $2 top. Have you ever have to feed your family with only two dollars? Me neither. And of course people get tired of being miserable, they don’t want to forever live like that. There’s no way the government supports them, we have no shelters or places where we can get free food at least for a day. There’s no scholarships to help this people who don’t have a chance of receiving higher education. There’s not enough employments, there’s not enough opportunities to help you be successful. If you were born poor, it takes more than just hard, painful work to change that. So with all that being said, it’s easy to understand how many people out there choose the easier way and start working for this drug dealers who offer them so much more money than they would get if they had a regular job. But at what cost? Risking their lives? Having to be a heartless person who would be able to kill an entire family, who would not think twice and kill a man in front of his sons, leaving lots of empty homes, making it impossible for decent people to go outside. I’ve obviously never been in their shoes, I’ve never lived a life as hard as them so I don’t know if being extremely poor is reason enough to work as a hitman. I am not even sure anymore if they really do it because of their extreme poverty or there’s some sick reason behind it but there are men who are hired to murder someone and in exchange they receive $25. Yes, that’s the prize they put on life in my country.
We have such a bad cycle of issues- corruption, poverty, drug dealing. It’s an endless cycle. People won’t ever have a clean chance to improve, to succeed in life, to be someone better because our country is being lead by selfish people who have no interest in our people, but only care to make their own fortunes grow bigger, and then this same insane need of our political leaders to become richer and on the other hand the extreme poverty and ignorance of others pushes them to ally to the drug dealers and form this partnership to work for the wrong reasons and goals.

There’s so much to tell about this topic that an entry wouldn’t be enough. I will be writing and explaining more to depth in the future.

Hasta la vista,
Adri ❤️

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23 reasons to be thankful today.

So today is October 2nd, 2013. That means my penguin is turning 23 (even though Skype says it’s his 22nd birthday) haha
In honor of his birthday number 23 I will make a list of the 23 things that make him so special and perfect, so here we go:

1. He is hot. He is not just hot but he is like seriously HOT.
2. He is smart. He is probably the smartest person I know, in every sense. He blows me away daily because he can solve things so easily, and when it’s hard for him to solve something then I know that’s a big problem.
3. He is funny. That was quite a surprise for me, because he looks so serious and then when you get to know him you realize he has a great sense of humor.
4. He is adventurous. He will sign up for any adventure and I know that we’ll be going on lots of crazy adventures through life.
5. He is random. I love this about him (most of the time) because he doesn’t go on a routine and he will surprise me when I least expect it, and that’s a great way to never get bored.
6. His eyes. I think he has the most beautiful eyes someone could have- I still can’t tell if they are blue or gray or green haha they are just so unique and cute.
7. He is a gangster. Of course he is not really a gangster but he has the soul of one. And he is just so cute when he starts talking like some rap singer.
8. He is one of a kind. There’s not two like him- from the way he dresses up to the way he acts he is just something else. He is not afraid to be himself and that makes me love and admire him even more.
9. He is an athlete. Well he likes to run and runs pretty fast. For some reason I like that in him, and it keeps him healthy and in a very sexy shape.
10. He loves beer. I love that we can just sit together and have some beers and he won’t get stupidly drunk and embarrass me. We can just chill and enjoy together.
11. He is patient. At least when it comes to waiting for me- he has been waiting for me to move in with him for a long time and he still doesn’t give up.
12. He is a winner. He doesn’t just settle for little, he goes all the way for the best.
13. He admits his mistakes. My baby is man enough to admit when he is wrong, to admit when he did a mistake; and it makes me proud of him because only great people can admit they failed.
14. He is a good listener. I love how amazing he is and how much he loves listening to my stories- I feel good when I talk to him because I know he actually enjoys to listen to me without complaining about my nonsense and all the crazy stories.
15. He is lazy. I love it when he is lazy and just wants to cuddle in bed. I know we will have many Sundays where we will only stay in our pjs all day.
16. He loves movies. He keeps me updated with the latest movies and makes the best recommendations.
17. His hair. Well, he actually has no hair- and that makes him hotter. If you want to picture him just think of Vin Diesel or Bruce Willis he rocks that look just as good if not better.
18. He is a badass. When I am with him he makes me feel so safe, I know he would protect me of anyone if he had to and he would fight whoever he needed to and he would always back me up in any given situation.
19. He is a bookworm- I’ve never seen someone get so into books and enjoy them as much as he does. He makes the best choices; he doesn’t choose just the typical book everyone would- he is more interesting than the rest.
20. He is good at saving yet he is not cheap. This particular characteristic makes me love him so much. I am bad at saving money, but he has make me improve in that sense, lead by example I’ve learned and I’ve been motivated to save money for our future. He would spend money on us, give me special and expensive treats but he won’t waste his money stupidly which is great if you want to ever be financially stable.
21. He is an amazing lover. (No need to explain, he knows it).
22. He is the most loving person. He can seem so tough but yet has the best heart anyone could have. He is so kind hearted that it melts my heart.
23. He loves me like no one could. I am not exaggerating but I could never receive as much love as I receive from him, and I will be thank him forever for that.

If someone wants the recipe for the perfect man they would need to talk to my mother-in-law. I don’t know what or how she did it but I will be forever thankful that she made such a hottie and raise him up to be the man of my dreams.

To my man, on his birthday.
I hope you enjoyed this and I hope you have an amazing day today. If I had to I would choose you a million times. There’s nothing I want more than spending the rest of your birthdays together, I can’t wait to grow old with you and even then you would still be my hottie, my handsome, my man! Thank you for making of my world a better place.

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”

Love you forever and always my penguin! ❤️

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