We heard the rooster call early this morning, at about 6:30 am. The breeze quietly ruffled the leaves as we drudged to prepare for breakfast at 7:15. Breakfast this morning featured a Nicaraguan specialty, white pineapple, that’s right, its white and difficult to find in the United States. It has an uncanny resemblance to regular yellow pineapple, but its white, and more dulcet. After breakfast, we had the pleasure of meeting with a local Nicaraguan Professor Cirilo Otera. He spoke about the local and national economy, and the role of the government and workforce. He then took many questions from our group on the main exports and macro economic policies of the Nicaraguan government. One of the main things Professor Otera emphasized was the lack of quality education and resources necessary for that education. He explained the importance of having a technically knowledgeable workforce to a robust economy.
Later in the morning, we left for the clinic, and on our way out, we were delayed by a heard of cattle, numbering no more than 200 in the middle of the boulevard outside the compound. The cattle were herded into the grass area into the middle of the road and were out for exercise from the farm up the road. At the clinic, we split up, the worked divided between shadowing Dr. Merion Brown for house calls, filing old patient records, construction, window cleaning and dirt sorting.
Jordan, Amber, Maddie (the authors of this blog), walked to a small local market up the street from the compound. Maddie bought Chickies, a breaded cookie with chocolate on the bottom (an item she plans to bring back to the United States). Amber bought some chips, quite spicy tortilla chips. Jordan bought mixed nuts which were also very good. The Dollar to Cordoba conversion ratio is 1$:29.37C$. We are all well; different brigadistas will give updates on a nightly basis.
Jordan, Amber, Maddie *dabs* out.