My name isn’t El Catracho. This is the nickname given to the people of Honduras. I’m actually from Hall Green, Birmingham, and my name is Nick. For a number of reasons I had grown tired of the lifestyle in the UK and needed a new challenge, something new to chomp on, as well as a need support some of life’s more vulnerable souls; give something back, so to speak.
After a year of fundraising with ICYE UK, where I ran a marathon, held a poetry night, sold off many belongings I’d bought on a whim and received huge amounts of support from family and friends, in early January 2011, I set off to Honduras to spend the year helping street kids in Tegucigalpa for an organisation called Casa Alianza. Instead, I prolonged the year and ended up writing a book and meeting a girl who on 25th July 2015 became my wife. My interest in all things Catracho and Latin America grew. I have visited many crooks and crannies around this beautiful country, yet I still haven’t seen enough. The Catracho adventure is one for a life-time.
What am I?
I am a journalist, foremost. When I put pen to paper or poke my fingers at the keyboard keys, armed with a rich imagination and something essential to say, this is when I am at my happiest.
I am also a copywriter, blogger and proof-reader which I do on a freelance basis. I have written for various newspapers, magazines, e-zines, companies and NGOs, with ESPN and Laureate Connect being former clients. I also own Top Translations, a small translations business in Tegucigalpa.
I am a poet, novelist and short story writer and it’s something you will see on this site, as my concerns snd musings of the Catracho culture and politics. I love football and literature and I try to write it all with a sense of humour