I could not be more proud of our students. Had so many hardworking kids come out to help with the Huerto and even one of the "profes" we work with assisted throughout the entire process. Now, exactly a week after it is looking so beautiful. We even have little sprouts of "Ayote" "Rabano" and "Pepino". The "Chiltoma is not doing so great...and that may be partially our fault due to a lack of sun. PLANT KILLERS! But it still looks incredible and the kids are enjoying watering and loving it everyday.
Before and After:
Well not so magic, quite the opposite. It was yellow at least; which I took to an ecological reserve in my department called "La Makina". I was very excited to see what a reserve looked like in this country. Bus drove us out to the middle of no where and dropped us off at the gates...which were CLOSED! By the time we registered it was closed for the weekend, the bus drove off, leaving me, my site mate and his host family at this creepy and very deserted ecological reserve. Had to wait almost an hour before another bus passed, which was actually a microbus. And if you know anything about microbuses abroad, the drivers do not understand the words "too full". This microbus was very, VERY full but they sardined us into it anyway and I was blessed with sitting on a complete stranger's lap for the ride. We decided to drive to another destination rather than head back home to make the trip worth it:
I have only been here a little over a month and I have already experienced so much in this beautiful country! Today, September 14 marks Nicaragua's independence day. Today and tomorrow are very important holidays not only here but in all of Central America and it was amazing getting to experience first hand so early on in my service. The music, the colors, the food, the costumes, EVERYTHING was so lively. I even got to see my fourth grade students march in the annual parade and I was jumping up and down taking their pictures like a proud mom! I'm sure I embarrassed them all ;)