June 21, 2008
I safely arrived in Nicaragua without a glitch. My Spanish is picking up quicker than I thought it would, so I´m excited about that… or maybe everyone here just knows I´m slow so speaks slowly
Wednesday night, I stayed with some nuns… they were so sweet, from Mexico, and they have a pretty nice place to stay. Vince and Don Luis picked me up from the airport, and Vince and I went on Thursday to a meeting about the Autoclave. It never actually happened… miscommunication I guess. But Susan told me that the students at the Engineering University (called the UNI) working on the autoclave have made some progress on the pressure model. They will send me more information soon, since they missed the meeting.
I didn´t quite have on my ¨adventure hat¨ soon enough. Thursday for lunch, we ate duck feet. I was still working on having an open mind again, so that was a bit too soon… haha. I ate it, but it was difficult!
Vince (who is an ETHOS volunteer in Managua) and I arrived in Sabana Grande in time for dinner on Thursday night. My host family greeted us at the bus stop, so happy! I´m so excited to catch up with my three little sisters, mom, grandma, and great-grandma! Strangely, I feel like I never left!!!
Yesterday, another volunteer here named CJ invited me to attend a solar pump installation, which I´ve never seen. I went, not knowing that I would be gone from 8am til 8pm! It was cool to see… it is actually a lot simpler than I thought it was to have a solar pump (thinking… a nice addition to a strawbale house! ). So after all of that traveling, I didn´t really get to visit with my UD friends until last night! The volunteers in the community got together to watch Harry Potter for the weekly movie night. I´m not quite used to there being so many gringos in the community. During my last immersion, it was only Eric Urban and I. Now, there are a lot of Grupo Fenix volunteers here, from UD and other places. There´s even a big group of 18- and 19-year-olds in the community who aren´t with Grupo Fenix, but from a Canadian organization. It´s definitely different than my last immersion, with people my own age and from my own culture to hang out with, so I decided I´m not going to compare experiences any more–just seize the day!
Thanks for checking up on me! Today we are going to make our work plan, so I´ll have a better idea of my schedule next time I write.