Back in May, one of my close friends back from graduate school in California came to visit me from Panama, where she is finishing her Peace Corps service as an Aggie (Agriculture volunteer). And we had a blast! I brought her to my site for her to experience what my days are like and well....teaching isn't for everyone (and she went on a good day). But my students enjoyed having her in class with us and she got a taste of what other sectors around the world do during their service. We then went to some of my favorite cities in Nicaragua: Masaya, Granada and Leon.
We also got to climb the Leon Cathedral for about 3 dollars and it was SO WORTH IT! We went during closing time which was perfect because the sun was almost down so our feet didn't burn (aren't allowed to go up there with shoes on). It was so WHITE and clean. And apparently made with egg shells, HOW COOL?!
I was able to help set up one of my god-daughters surprise birthday parties back in May. It was awesome! It was a great feeling of just focusing completely on my friendships rather than my primary role as a Peace Corps volunteer. I think sometimes, I forget that my service will not be determined by the amount of classes I taught, teacher trainings I gave or school gardens and nurseries I helped put together, but rather by the lives that have welcomes me so closely into their lives that they gladly invite me to blow up balloons for hours at their home. My friends will be what I am going to miss the most, and I'm hoping to take full advantage of the last 76 days I have left.
Apart from planning thousands of science classes and actually teaching maybe half (school gets cancelled A LOT), I have been able to keep myself busy with some projects that really make me happy :)
I have said it multiple times, if I could have spent two years just painting murals in my community I would have been the happiest volunteer, but I've only been able to help other PCVs with the community murals, still a nice fix once in a while. I was asked to draw out the mural in the PCV's town closest to me and of course I said "I'M READY NOW!" It's so great what some paints can do for the soul. I love to draw and getting to draw on giant wall was so therapeutic, we just painted and talked about our last remaining months as Peace Corps volunteers.
We also planted a small bed of radishes since they are the quickest to grow, and I figured since I don't have much time left I'll be around for my students to harvest some radishes.