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- Friday 3rd March, 2017
- By Susan
To celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge, we dusted off our foclóir and put a few questions to our favorite man from Meath and asked him about his recent trip to Central America for TG4’s Hector Central. (Leagan Béarla thíos – English version below)
GO: Thaistil tú le déanaí go Panama, go Cósta Rícem, Nicearagua, Hondúras, an tSalvadóir, Guatamala agus an Bheilís in a measc don chlár teilifíse Hector Central. Cén tír ab fhearr leat?
H: Bhí Nicearagua iontach agus stairiúl. Thaitin sé go mór linn ar fad ar an gcriú.
GO: Is cosúil go dtaitníonn an eachtraíocht leat. Bhí tú ag ziplíneáil san foraois bháistí agus ag surfáil ar thaobh bolcáin. An bhfuil aon spórt chontúirteach nach mbainfeá triail as?
H: Rinne mé an zip line ard sin gan smaoineamh air. Is cuma liom ach na bungees an mhór nil a fhios agam.
GO: An bhfuil aon leideanna agat do dhaoine a bhíonn ag pacáil malaí, málaí droma go háirithe, an cineál a bhíonn ag turasóirí cosúil leat féin?
H: Braitheann sé ar an dtír / aimsir / tráth don bhlian. Thóg mise éadaí éadrom agus compordach in aon mala amhain.
GO: Tá aeráid Mheiriceá Láir an-chrua, go mór mór do dhaoine ag teacht ón tír seo. Cén cineál éadaigh nó feistis ba cheart dúinn a chaitheamh?
H: Brógaí ceart … agus bootaisí ceart ar nos Salomon!
GO: Agus tú i Meiriceá Láir bhí tú ag labhairt Spáinnise an bhfuil aon chomhairle agat do dhaoine ar mhaith leo cúpla focal den teanga áitiúil a úsáid?
H: Faigh agus foghlaim píosai beaga don teanga áitiúl i gcónaí.
GO: Mar fhocal scoir, a Hector, cá mbeidh tú ag taisteal arís go luath?
H: Ni fios go foill ach ba bhreá liom sraith nua eile a dhéanamh i 2017 … H
Hector traveled to 7 central American countries along the Pan-American Highway. He met the locals and and sampled some of the culture.
First up was Panama where Hector met boxer Eusebio Pedroza who faced Barry McGuigan in 1985 and learned about the country’s massive gambling and cosmetic surgery industry.
Next up was Costa Rica, one of the happiest countries in the world. In the spirit of the Costa Rican slogan ‘Pura Vida’ (pure life), Hector flew through the rain forest on a superman zip line and went for a walk with 700 dogs in the world’s largest dog sanctuary.
While in Nicaragua, he tobogganed down a volcano, met with some poets and visited a cigar factory. He then met with an investigative journalist to discuss crime and visited a banana plantation in Honduras. In El Salvador he visited a mangrove forest to see the effects of climate change and worked with a team of sea turtle conservationists. Poor Hector got a flat tire in Guatemala but that didn’t stop him meeting the locals and shopping for a bullet tshirt. Hector’s trip came to an end in Belize where he tried a spot of cave tubing and local chocolate.
After all of that travelling, Hector came back to us at Great Outdoors to tell his about his adventure. He even hosted a Latino Party in the Bernard Shaw.
GO: You traveled to Panama, Costa Rica, Nicuragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize for Hector Central- what country was your favourite?
H: Nicaragua was great and has a lot of history. The crew loved it.
GO: You were very active during the series. You went zip lining through a rain forest and boarded down the side of a volcano- is there anything you won’t do?
H: I did the zip line without much thought. I’m not so sure about the big bungee jumps…
GO: Do you have any packing tips- especially for backpackers?
H: It depends on the country / weather/ time of year. I brought light and comfortable clothes in just one bag.
GO: The climate in Central America can be tough on the Irish– what type of gear should we be wearing?
H: The right shoes and the right boots like a pair of Salomon!
GO: You spoke Spanish whole in Central America. Do you have any tips for people who want to use the local language while abroad?
H: Always learn a little bit of the local language.
GO: Where are you travelling to next?
H: I’m not sure yet but hopefully there will be another new series in 2017…H
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