So, What happened with the airport?

Well, it seems like the story will never end... 

The airport remains closed to big aircrafts, without much reason anymore...

After many arguments the president decided that he would re-open it after the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) checked it... So, they came here and checked everything that was supposed to be checked... Obviously, there were things that have to be fixed, that we already knew... like making the runway larger, and lowering some hills... stuff that have been clear for years and years.  But the ICAO said that the airport can be used meanwhile...

But, guess what?

It's still closed!  Now, our wonderful president in his amazing stubbornness has decided that he will create a commission and have then check what the ICAO already check (why? I wonder....  what makes them more knowledgeable than a qualified entity?)

So, now we have to wait until tuesday to see what the commission decides... 

Honestly, I think is dumb... but hey, I'm not ruling the country... so all I can do, is pray that he makes the right decision, but praying didn't work at the inauguration ceremony........

What to do with a huge pink knitted rectangle?

Well, the hat (as expected) came out GIGANTIC! I could fit my head in it twice! Ok, ok, maybe not that much, but it's close!

So, I decided to do something with it, after all, I did have a quite big rectangle... and when I say big, I do mean BIG! Something like 14"x 9". Just imagine that the hat's diameter is 28" and I had cast on for 21" (WTF! What did I do wrong!?) I'm guessing I'm crappy at getting my gauge right!

So, I had this huge pink thing...

What to do? What to do?

So, I created a chart (something like that) and made up some sort of pattern... I picked up some stitches(38 to be exact) and created a flap... and now my gigantic hat, became a handbag! :-D
It actually looks pretty...
I still have to make a strap and I'm planning on lining it... I think it's going to come out great!

Who said I wasted my time knitting a weird looking hat? (Ok, maybe I did... but hey, I feel soooo great because I fixed it...)

School, crafts and more crafts...

I've had a pretty crappy last couple of days... and before that I was caught up with school...
We just started the summer term and since it's supposed to be an intensive term we are having two hour classes, with homework almost everyday and tests and everything! That's why I've gone missing... Also, I've been slightly obsessed with the Euro Cup! I love football!!! Specially big tournaments... you know, World cup, Euro, Olympics...
Sadly, Italy got kicked out today, after an amazing match against Spain... Damn Casillas (Spain 's Goalkeeper)!

Apart from that, I've been trying to knit a silly hat, but it has taken far longer than expected... I even made a scarf in far less time than I've taken to knit this hat! But I'm determined to finish it...

It's a pattern based on a hat worn by Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones, The Edge of Reason (Yes, I love Bridget Jones!!!!! Sooooo me!) It's so simple, but I'm not sure how it'll look so I'm not quite excited about it... I just have to sew the top and make some pompoms and I'll be done, and probably rip it off after that... :-p

The scarf on the other hand came out great! According to my mom is too skinny, but I love it... It's the first big project I've made in crochet and I'm actually proud of it... (I'd put some pics here, but I don't have any... yet...)

Though I do have pictures of a lovely pair of earrings I made right before writing this post... I found a great video tutorial to make cluster beads (Right Angle Weave Beads) and I just had to give it a try... I made one, and it came out great, so I had to make the other one, to make the pair of earrings...
So, here they are!


I love how they look, and all these years I thought making those things was soooo difficult... I'm thinking on keeping this pair, and making more for the business... and definitively a necklace with larger swarovski crystals....

Label like a Pro

Ever since I started my jewelry business I've been searching for ways to make the presentation more and more professional... You know, creating a nice logo or finally making my own business cards, something that shows that I'm serious about what I'm doing, but it's easier to look around than to do it for real...
There are always nice alternatives, like stickers for the jewelry bags or hangtags like the ones here...
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Digital Printing is made easy by LabelWorldUsa. They offer a wide range of labels for all kind of markets and also bumper stickers, great for fund raising ... If it wasn't a bit out of my budget (Minimum label order $225) I might consider it... But who knows maybe in the future, if my lifetime plan works as expected... (really REALLY long term plan!)

Meanwhile, I guess I'll have to keep to the crafty side and find creative handmade ways while I can finally afford it.

Silently sponsored by www.LabelWorldUsa.com

One week after the plane...

So I've been missing mostly due to the lack of something interesting to blog about... I'm off from school for two weeks and there's not much to do... some knitting and frogging (unraveling), some jewelry making, a bit of cooking and lots of airplane-related conversations....

It seems to be the subject that everyone is talking about lately... Ok, maybe not exactly the airplane... but the airport...

At the moment is still close to big aircrafts... and the plan of moving it to Palmerola is still quite strong... For me it's a terrible idea... and for quite a lot of people, but the president is not accepting his mistake... Lots of people are struggling now that all of the flights are landing in La Mesa (San Pedro Sula) Airport, but the government seems to be ignoring this fact...

The president of the congress said the other day that he didn't care about the financial losses that the companies around the airport were suffering, that he only cared about the human lives... but I wonder, what about the lives of the employees? Of those that depend on the tips that the visitors, that arrive to Toncontin, give them. I'm guessing those lives aren't as important...

Yesterday, the maleteros (the guys that offer to carry the luggage, i don't know the correct word...) went to a meeting with the Major of Tegucigalpa, Ricardo Alvarez, along with other groups that are also having problems because of the closing of the aiport and in an interview their representative informed that their union had decided to send a group of them to San Pedro Sula's Airport for seven days and the money they made would be shared among all of them and then another group will be sent.

I hope that the president realizes that he has taken the wrong decision and that it is not wise to act on impulse. If the airport was as dangerous as the government is claiming, I honestly don't think that important airlines would let their planes land in Toncontin and it would have been shut years ago.

As for the airplane, well, it's still there... and that is a whole different mess... causing huge problems with the traffic and angry people everywhere, specially the people that lives and works near the area where the plane crashed... because they said they were going to take up to 45 days to remove it... now, since they started to protest about it, they've said that they will take two weeks, but I passed by the area today and the plane is still there... and I don't see much difference from the pictures from the day of the accident...



Tegucigalpa throughout disaster

Well, We've certainly had a couple of really difficult days lately...

Yesterday (Thursday 29th), it rained all day... and in the afternoon, when I finally watched the news I found out that it was because there was a hurricane (Hurricane Alma) getting close to Honduras from the Pacific Ocean... Quite scary...

Tegucigalpa was on yellow alert for most of the night, but apparently it changed during the night, because the news papers were quite scandalous... Thankfully, by the time I woke up, the hurricane had gone from a hurricane to a tropical depression...

But I'm guessing that bad things never come alone... I left for school at 9:30 am and about half an hour later, as I was parking at a café, my phone started ringing... it was my dad, to ask me what road I had used...(I tend to use the Anillo Periferico as I find it faster or at least the cars move at a faster pace... As opposed to the Boulevard of the Armed Forces, that as it might be supposedly closer to everywhere it does move far slower... ) So obviously I tell my dad that I took the Anillo and he then tells me that there has been an airplane crash on the road that I should have used to get to the boulevard of the armed forces...

I must say that I, still, am awestruck, the images are heartbreaking...

The Toncontin Airport is known as a very dangerous airport as it has a small runway and the landing is always quite bumpy. Though the last accident was almost over 11 years ago. So, it's not as bad as many people make it seem. What I consider to be the biggest problem here, is how the government keeps stalling the plans that they apparently have to improve the runway, to make it larger.

According to what the news are saying everywhere, the airplane (Flight 390) attempted to land once, but couldn't (bear in mind that, even if the hurricane was now a tropical depression we still have some rain), and tried again and landed too late and wasn't able to stop on time.





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This is being written two days later...

Since I didn't have Internet since the day of the accident because of it, I left the post unfinished and until today it seems to be working properly.

For what I've been told, the plane is still there... Though the technicians of Taca have removed the so-famous black box from the plane.

The death toll remains the same as of Friday (5), thanks god!

Among them, the President of the Banco Centroamericano De Integracion Economica, Harry Brautigam who died of heart failure shortly after leaving the plane; The wife of the Brazilian Ambassador Brian Michael Fraser Neele, Janneth Shantall; The pilot César D'Antonio. The other two, weren't on the plane but on a car that was passing through the area at the moment of the accident. They were students of the UNAH (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras) and UTH (Universidad Tecnologica de Honduras).

Almost 80 people were injured, though most of them have already left the hospitals.

Among the passengers were also an Argentinean Tango group "Compañía Viejo Barrio de Argentina", that was going to perform that very night at the II Festival Rotario de Música. And that, amazingly enough, did present their show, with clear bruises in their faces but obviously rejoiced after the initial shock.

Now the situation is a bit messy, with the president acting without much thought, and saying that the airport will be immediately closed to big aircrafts and that these will be sent to the Soto Cano base in Comayagua. To me, it doesn't make much sense to act like this on pure desperation, for starters the Soto Cano base (Palmerola) is not ready to receive commercial air traffic, and the situation on the Toncontin Airport is not as desperate as it appears. Hopefully they will analize the current situation and act not upon desperation as it usually happens in my country... (like it happened with the famed stickers...) but on well considered and discussed plans.