December is done today, and boy was it a long and packed month. It was supposed to be a long and boring month with nothing to do but watch Breaking Bad re-runs on my lap-top for hours and hours. Luckily, my host family didn't let me spend more than one day cooped up in my room, they really wanted me to enjoy and experience the holidays in this country. From many trips to parties and working on my personal huerto at home, December has been BUSY BUSY!
I discovered that at the end of the school year, my rural school takes an annual end of the year trip with all the professors and their families, so I was graciously invited on this awesome free trip where I got to experience the departments of Masaya and Managua with my new co-workers and it was a BLAST!!! They rented a charter bus for all of us (super fachenta!), which meant we had a very relaxing and comfortable trip without having to endure stopping every 5 minutes for people to get off nor did I get any potatoes dropped on my head, no dirty fish water spilled all over me, nor any butts shoved in my face (yes all of these are regular things on my many public transportation trips in Nicaragua). Our first stop was the Mirador (look-out) of Catarina, Masaya. Let's let the pictures speak for themselves:
The first day was spent at yet another party with yet another piñata. After that my family took me out to see the beautiful central town where everything I saw reminded me of beautiful Santa Barbara California. Granada is definitely one of my favorite Nicaraguan cities. Sadly on our walk, I witnessed someone getting run over. All I remember is yelling "is no one going to call 911, what is the 911 in this country, someone please tell me who and how to call!!! Eventually the paramedics (an old pick up truck) arrived and took the woman to the hospital I'm assuming...hoping to never experience that again.
The nest day we went out to Lake Nicaragua for a nice swim. Weirdly enough, people in this country only go to the water to look at it, hardly anyone actually goes into the water. At this trip, I lost one pair of sandals, and broke the extras I took. Oh, I also fell out of a PARKED pick up truck. In my defense, it was very high and I was wearing a long skirt. Everyone got a kick of the American having the worst luck that day. Still a beautiful city and trip.