Today, I was walking in the Tegucigalpa of my childhood, I went to visit the old presidential palace, which is located next to the congress house, the National Bank, and the Choluteca River; across the river is the City of Comayaguela which is the poorest part of the Capital where people live.
From the terrace of the old Presidential Palace you can see the hill called “EL CERRO JUAN A. LAINEZ, right down the hill is the National Stadium, where the Celebration of the New President Porfirio Lobo Sosa took place. There too, is the Island Park, (parque la Isla), which is a place where I spend lost of time while I was a student, playing basket ball, swimming, or practicing one of my favorite sports, Judo. After hurricane mitch, the park was destroyed by the flood of The Choluteca River and now the place has been transformed into a public market, called Mercado La Isla.
Then, I went to the National Gallery of Arts, located in the same Plaza where Congress is located in Plaza La Merced, the exhibition is about National Art, most of them are paintings and some of the art belongs to Valladares, Vizquerra, Velasquez; located in an old style Honduran house.
Then I walked through the Central Park, and went all the way to the National Post Office, which is in front of the new National Gallery of Art for where you can take a look at the past, since the beginning of the creation of Honduras, until Presidente Maduro’s Administration. There you will have a virtual tour of the Copan Ruins, and other places in the Country, like jungles and rivers.
After that I did keep walking about two blocks, and I was in the VALLE PARK, (Parque Valle), Valle was a States man, right in front is the National Theater, the “Manuel Bonilla” beautiful building and the Architectonic details, which will kind of send you to the past about three hundred years back.
I did keep walking the streets, I did when I was a child and kept walking, taking a look of the places where I walked throughout for years, along that street keeps going the infinity river Choluteca, which now is just a reminder of what it was one time, my father told me, when he was a child too, he use to go to swim at the river, and from the top of one of the old bridges, he used to fish as well, I almost can see the kids, diving into the river and swinging from the old trees and jumping into the river. Those days are long gone, my father is too. but today I know some of my fathers past.
I ended at Park LA CONCORDIA, my favorite of all, it was built during the administration of General Carias, President of Honduras, in the forties; it is an small replica of Copan. There you can see Mayan Stelas, and some of the architectonic designs and Statues that are in Copan.
Flowers are all over, like the gigantic Napoleon which is in one of the Mayan patios of the park, that did not die during the hurricane. La Concordia, (concordance) was my favorite park to go to when I was a child, I can run everywhere and follow the doves. I saw myself, running on the sidewalks and jumping all over with my friends. There too, I spent lots of summers with my teen boyfriends, since the place is a very romantic hideaway for lovers, or the nostalgic and romantics.
This park was destroyed during Hurricane Mitch, it was completed covered by the river and tons and tons of mud and cars ended there. The houses along the river were gone too; but now
you can see the river. Luckily, the park was restored, and now is a loyal monument of my happy childhood.
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