PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS BLOG IS NOT A REPRESENTATION OF MY HOST COUNTRY OR OF THE PEACE CORPS.
Here's to 23!
First things first, I need to let you all know that I think Nicaragua is really trying to keep me around... within the past 2 weeks I have been peed on twice. TWICE! (once by a dog on the finca I visited and the other by the baby who lives next door to me) I'm honestly flattered because the beings of Nicaragua are trying to mark their territory on me, only reinforcing that I belong here. OH AND LISTEN, I survived horse back riding! I actually loved it! Look at me corralling these goats!
Within minutes of arriving to the finca, my friend's abuela called all the chickens over (super impressively) and said ¨alright, which one do we want¨, snatched it up, tied it to a tree, and from there I'll just say.. I've reconsidered my taste for meat haha. (not a veggie though...yet)
The weekend following was little rough to say the least... the stretch of fevers, terrible stomach pains, the toilet getting to know me too well was just the start. But no worries! I have now finished, not only, anti-parasite medication but also anti-biotics so I'm hoping my system is thoroughly flushed out of anything that was going on. It was such a bummer because my host mom's birthday was that weekend... I managed to pull myself out to dinner with everyone (CRUCIAL SIDE NOT: we went to a "Cantonese" restaurant aka the only restaurant in my town and before we arrived everyone was raving about their food and how they loved cantonese. We sat down and everyone ordered grilled chicken, rice and plantains... palm.to.the.face.) but the rest of the weekend was a HARRY POTTER MARATHON in my room. I got through all of the movies AND 2 books haha. Luckily I started to feel a lot better just in time for my 23rd birthday! The actual day of my birth was pretty relaxed. I hung around the health center and then was able to go and get lunch with a volunteer in the site next to me. BUT LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THE WEEKEND. I have to admit, this past weekend goes down in the books as my favorite birthday of all time. Saturday morning at 5:00 we left to start hiking Volcano Cosigüina. Our guide was well versed and was able to show us a whole lot of wildlife on our trek through the jungle, up the beautiful volcano. We made it up in exactly 3 hours and let me just try and share with you how incredible it was through pictures... Oh and don't mind all the sweat!
Straight off the hike, we headed down to Jiquillo, another of Chinandega's treasures. We all passed out on the bus ride down and hopped out to hitch a ride with a shrimp-truck bringing some fresh caught shrimp into town. We had bought a watermelon at the entrance before getting into the truck and were cutting it up with a machete in the back of the truck, sharing it with our super amable new shrimp friends who decided to give us a ride. We had a short was from the truck's stop and walked along the ocean until we reached our hostel. First impressions of the hostel were perfect. It was a big open field with a bunch of palm-roofed cabanas, painted murals, walls made with recycled glass bottles, and a dreaded man waxing his surf board near the main hang-out hut. I almost fainted with excitement haha. The rest of the weekend, we hung out at the hostel, napped in hammocks, got to know some pretty sweet travelers from ALL over the place, and played around on the beach. The hostel had everything from chocobananos to japanese curry dishes and all I'm saying is that I will be returning ASAP so warning to whoever is going to stick it out and come visit, we are going to staying at Rancho Esperanza and we will be sleeping on the beach in my hammock :)
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