Connected To My Roots
I stay connected to my Honduran roots in the United States by spending time with other Hondurans. Some of my best friends in the city are Honduran and my partner is also Honduran. We get together, go out to eat, go out for drinks, and play soccer together. At times, some of my friends have made Honduran food and invited the rest of us to join.
I also stay connected to my roots by watching the national team whenever they play and reading the Honduran sports website called Diario Diez. I travel within the United States whenever they come to watch them play, sing the national anthem every time I hear it in the stadium or on TV with great pride, get together with fellow Hondurans to watch the matches, and make Honduran food. One of my favorite traditions is that whenever we score, the players dance punta, a famous Honduran dance, and all the fans (including myself) go crazy and start dancing as well.
I started watching the national team at around eight years old. The first match that I saw live at the stadium was against Canada in 2008 for the 2010 World Cup Qualifiers. Since then, I have probably gone to 10 matches. I have seen the national team play in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula in Honduras, as well as multiple cities in the United States.