Since becoming a full PCV back in November, I have been extremely fortunate in my service. I've been busy, my counterparts, students co-workers and community members are all incredibly supportive, which makes my job and life 1000 times better. There are days when I wake up, get ready to head out to class in the blistering hot and I think to myself "What will today throw at me?"
Not one day in this job is the same. Everything is one big surprise, sometimes great ones and sometimes ones that make you want to never leave your room (and seeing as I'm one of few if not only PCV with AC in my room why would I ever). In the states I was an extremely extroverted person/ I thrive off of constantly being surrounded by people and interacting, but this isn't really the case anymore in Nicaragua. I find myself more and more cherishing and searching for more alone time, sometimes to get some much needed work done, others to watch a movie, and other days to just shut out the world. Don't take this the wrong way, I LOVE MY SITE. Not many volunteers fall in love with their site from day one, but I did. Peace Corps always knows best when it comes to placing you in your permanent site after training, but I think they showed off with mine. I love everything about it...okay maybe the heat is the only thing that gets t me but RAINY SEASON IS ON ITS WAY! Despite the immense love I have for my community, once in a while I need to GET OUT! Which that translates into getting to travel and explore the beautiful country I am fortunate to work in for 27 months. For "Semana Santa" or Holy Week, I went to Ometep, the Double Volcano island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua :D Let me tell you, IT WAS AMAZING! I usually can't stand to be more than 2-3 days away from site before I start to want to go home...I did not want to leave this island. If you are making a trip to Nicaragua, GO TO OMETEPE! The food is amazing, the people are super nice, so much to do and see. I never wanted it to end! This country never stops surprising me with its beauty
Later that day, my house mates surprised me wit yet ANOTHER CAKE! two cakes in one day, that has never happened to me even in the states. I can say that I felt very blessed to be in my community during my birthday, such great company to celebrate another year of life.