So to recap these past couple of days, I will start by saying this trip has gone by WAY too quickly. Friday, we worked only in the morning because that was the actual day of Dia de la Madre. We had lunch with the staff of the Jubilee House and learned more about the organization and their personal lives. It was nice to get more insight with the members individually and delve more into their motives for coming here and working with this specific community. The locals are truly wonderful. Maggie, Velia and I got to do house visits to check on the babies! We held two adorable ones and met a 15-year-old mother who was supposed to have her baby that day.
After lunch, we relaxed for a decent amount of time before dressing up and going out to dinner. They had live music and dancing which made the night FANTASTIC!! We even got the boys (who were embarrassed to dance due to the day prior) to join us on the dance floor! It was a marvelous night spent dancing bachata, salsa, meringue and more!
Today, we went with Becca and her kids to meet Pedro. He is a 4th generation pottery maker whose craft is not only unique to his family but also his local region. The clay can only be found where he lives and it takes 16 steps to complete his process. He made beautiful pottery which we saw after the demonstration. We all bought at least one piece while Juwon practically bought the whole store! After, we went to a overlook and took pictures of a lake called Laguna de Apoyo. We spent lunch eating down at the lake and swam for a solid two hours after. It was amazing! The water was fresh, the smiles were plenty, and the laughter was exuberant. It was a beautiful day in general. We went to a market that was very old in architecture on the inside, but full of life and colors inside. There were purses, shirts, gizmos and gadgets, keychains and more! We spent an hour there and then ate dinner to the scenery of a sunset. The whole day, I sat in the very front and spoke with our bus driver for the day, Luis. He was a sweet, middle-aged man who had four children, he was one of 12 children, and only was in Managua for his job. I learned so much about him and spoke in Spanish the whole time! I felt like I’ve improved just after one day. I’ve been feeling pretty accomplished lately, not going to lie.
It was a day well spent, and the third to last day of these exotic adventures.
Now, we are relaxing, journaling, listening to the sound of pounding rain, and reminiscing.
Besos y abrazos!