PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS BLOG IS NOT A REPRESENTATION OF MY HOST COUNTRY OR OF THE PEACE CORPS.
happy birthday america
Happy 239th Birthday America, shoot!
This picture is from the HIPICA in Chinandega last week. I needed to document the fact that they were selling candy apples and I was freaking out about it. It´s not super fourth of July but I enjoy eating these while I am in America so.. USA USA USA!
Today marks 4 months in Nicaragua and this week will be 1 month in site! It feels like forever since I was trekking through the mountains of snow in Boston but looking ahead, there sure is a heck of a lot of time left! Some members from my host family in Carazo called me last week to check in and ask when I was planning to come back and visit. I think the most encouraging part of the calls was being able to actually understand everything they were saying. I gave myself a little pat on the back because I was convinced that my Spanish hadn’t gotten any better since I got up here. It was so nice to hear from them and hopefully I’ll be able to go back and visit soon! Until then, I´ll still be trying to regualte my body heat here in Chin! Oh, I wanted to do a quick MTV cribs, Nicaragua style to show you my sweet little Harry Potter room. The fish eye lense definitely makes it look a little more spacious. Maybe you can find yourself on the wall :)
Work has been going great, and I’ve still been kept busy! This past week I got to go to another health post in one of our rural communities called Becerro. Shoot, I think I’ve fallen in love with that community. It is so green, there are tons of butterflies and the land just rolls with hills of trees (and cows). I’m going to do a little project for them and remake all of their murals. In the post, there’s posters that cover the walls, full of great information but it’s all words! Many people in the rural communities are illiterate and they deserve to understand all the super important information that is posted in our posts. So, I have a lot of drawing to do. Please be sending down all the creative vibes for me!
Oh and I don’t want to jinx anything, but I think I am actually starting to make friends down here! Like real Nica friends who think the strange white girl makes the cut to hang out. It’s an incredible feeling. Tomorrow I was invited to go horseback riding out in a finca (plot of land/farm/field thing). For those of you who know me well, big animals and I are still trying to become situated with one another but hopefully this experience will get us acquainted better. We’ll do an update on that next time.
OH AND HEY EVERYONE, I FINALLY GOT A MAILBOX! If you would like to send anything, please use the US Postal Service or the country postal service in your country! Fed Ex/DHL/UPS and the other fancy stuff is super expensive for you and me and I have to travel to the capital office to pick it up. Also, things will take about a month or so to get here... I’ve learned a lot about patience down here ;)
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