March 18th, 2013

And, we are back!

It is 2:10 am and we are back in Lewisburg with all our bags and feeling a bit silly not to have packed a hat and gloves for the low temps we are now experiencing!  Everyone has the strong desire to crawl into bed for a long time.  Some of us will be back to classes at 8 or 8:30 am.  We might write more with details of the re-immersion into campus life. Nica Love All Day Long -Beth Capaldi Evans

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March 17th, 2013

En route…

For anyone still following along, our departure day started at a weary 2:30 am with a gentle wake up call (as opposed to Saturday’s blast of “GOOD MORNING, NICARAGUA!”) and everyone packed and ready to load up our gear at 3 am.  Excellent teamwork made the exertion worth it, as we were done in short order.  By 3:15, we were seated in the bus and ready to roll to the airport.  We said goodbye to Jubilee House Community, appreciative of all they did to make our experience so educational, fun, and satisfying. (if you want to ready more about them, […]

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March 17th, 2013

And The Real Work Begins

With surprising vigor after an entertaining evening at the discoteca, we continued the fun with the usual 6:45 wake-up call.  Breakfast this morning was bittersweet as we realized it would be our last meal at JHC, nevertheless the promise of indulging in Nicaraguan leisure was quite alluring.  The first activity on the “Tourist Day” agenda was to travel to the Volcan Masaya. As we approached the entrance to the park, we were given quite interesting pieces of information.  For example, if the volcano just so happened to begin spewing rock, park officials advised hiding under your vehicle.  Also, since the […]

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March 16th, 2013

The Adventures of the Discoteca!

So when we last left you, we were headed out to the discoteca. I think it’s safe to say everyone had a wonderful time! When we hit the dance floor for the first time, they of course started playing American music. Though we had all really wanted to dance to the Latin music, we didn’t let that stand in our way. We danced the night away, and thankfully we did eventually get a good mix of music.  Some of us even had the pleasure of dancing with some of the Nicaraguans, who could really dance to the Latin music! Also, […]

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March 15th, 2013

It’s Getting Hot in Here!

All day, both Beths, Oswaldo, Patience, Steph H, and Katie worked on building a retaining wall around the bathroom and kitchen of the cotton factory to keep flood waters out. This entailed moving and placing probably 100-pound concrete bricks into a ditch, cementing them together, then filling in the ditch. The Nicaraguans working with us were Christian and Lucas. Lucas LOVED working with “Beth squared”, and was always quick to adjust a brick that he had just called “perfecto.” Meanwhile, Christian and Katie got talking, and it became apparent that he doesn’t have a girlfriend. Some time after, he called […]

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March 15th, 2013

Hi ho, its off to work we go!

To start off this blog I just wanted to hijack it for a bit to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my wonderful mother! Love you Janice McCarthy Yet again, waking up today was a struggle. We had another delicious breakfast and at 8am we listened to another speaker bright and early. Luckily our speaker was witty enough to keep us awake even after our first 5 days of action-packed Nicaraguan adventure! Cesar Fajardo is a Nicaraguan native who was considered a guerrilla fighter for the revolution at 13 and was part of the group that took down the corrupt Samoza dictatorship. […]

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March 14th, 2013

Up Up Up and to the top we go!!!!!

After devouring a tropical Nicaraguan breakfast consisting of rice and beans, boiled eggs, tortillas, freshly baked bread, and an assortment of delicious fruit, we set off on an unforgettable journey to El Porvenir. After traveling two hours on a paved road we stopped at a gas station to purchase snacks, relieve ourselves, and fill the tank with diesel. Once we were done at the gas station we headed to the path, a dirt road, that led us to El Porvenir. Dust particles filled our nostrils as the yellow school bus made its way up the bumpy rocky dirt road. An […]

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March 13th, 2013

Día de Trabajo

This morning we were privileged to have Carlos Pacheco, a Nicaraguan economist, speak to our group at JHC. He challenged us to think more deeply about the economic situation in Nicaragua, including the effects of widespread corruption and the recent death of Hugo Chávez. Although Nicaragua may be the second-poorest country in Latin America, it is a nation rich in resources, such as sustainable energy, that offer promising potential for the future. After the talk, it was off to the clinic for a fun-filled day of helping out and interacting with the Nicaraguan people. Our group was assigned myriad tasks, […]

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March 12th, 2013

Nueva Vida, New Life

It’s going to be hard to describe what we saw today… The crunch of plastic under our feet. The nauseating smell of a decaying horse carcass. The flecks of dirt and ash in the space between our eyes and eyelids. The explosion of black smoke in the sky. A toddler so dirty that he was indistinguishable from the surrounding garbage. Children swinging from a garbage truck tilted over 20 feet in the air to deposit new trash to the Nueva Vida dump. Some of them die, we were told. The sheer joy and shrieks of excitement at the prospect of […]

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March 11th, 2013

Amazing, Emotional, Topsy-turvy Managua Tour

Today we was our first full day in Nicaragua and we spent the entire time touring Managua.  We woke up at 7:15 after a much needed sleep (especially for some more than others) and were treated to an awesome breakfast of gallo pinto with fresh fried plantains and homemade bread.  There was also coffee from the cooperative which is an absolute necessity.  After breakfast, we got to hear from Mike Woodard, the founder and head of  the Jubilee House Community.  He spoke about the founding and history of JHC and the current economic conditions of the community. We all boarded […]

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