Tigs the Grasshopper

Dear readers,

I now work at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, an NGO that works with youths at social risk. I’ve been here for almost three months, although I will talk about the NGO itself in a later post. However, I have written about it before. Watch this space.

The Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos Santa Fe Ranch is 36 kilometres due north east of Tegucigalpa, on the road to Olancho. It’s very dry, with rolling hills of pine trees, although some folk in surrounding towns are hell bent on burning these trees to use the land for other means, burning up the atmosphere and leaving a dirty feeling in the air. Not in the ranch though. It’s kept fresh and beautiful, preserving nature, making it a lush environment for children to grow up in. You can see colourful birds thriving, as well as insects, just like the fella in the below photo.

We found the fella in the office this morning, and I’m calling it Tigs due to the Tiger like stripes. I think it’s a type of grasshopper or cricket, although I’m no David Attenborough and I’ve not idea if he or she bites. If there are any entomologists reading, maybe you can enlighten me (or us).

Tigs is now outside in a grassy area. He looks happy. Although I’m no expert in grasshopper emotions either. Either way, he’s back in his own environment with loads of nosh.

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About Nicholas Rogers

I am an English journalist/copywriter living in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and I have been here since 2011. I originally came to work with Casa Alianza, which supports street kids and vulnerable youths. I then stayed on, after meeting Pamela Cruz Lozano, who calls me her adopted Catracho. I work freelance journalism and I have my own translation business. Why did I come here? For the challenge, to open my mind and get out of my comfort zone. I love literature and I've written a book with street kids. I write novels, short stories and poetry, all of which you will find on this blog, as well as a lot of information about Honduras. View all posts by Nicholas Rogers

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