Wednesday: El Porvenir

After Paul´s 615 wakeup, we embarked on a nap inducing bus ride through the Nicaraguan countryside. After exiting the highway, our day finally began. Another bumpy ride down a dirt road ended when the bus could go no further. We climbed atop an open trailer as a tractor pulled our way up the bouncy path to the summit. We only lost one person on the way up, and managed to claim her before it was too late. When we reached the top, we found a view too beautiful to be captured in photographs. El Porvenir, a coffee co-op consisting of 240 people working together to produce some of the finest organic coffee available in Nicaragua, does so without electricity and many basic ammenities. Past Brigadistas designed a water system of the community, allowing them limited access to clean water. Our guide, and a curious 8 year old named Camille, took us on a hike through the plantation and surrounding facilities. After a delicious lunch of fresh avacado, rice, beans, and eggs, we descended the mountain. Another bus ride took us to Leon, the university city of Nicaragua. Leon stands in stark contrast to Managua and el Porvenir, with a distinctly western influence. We took another tour, culminating in a dinner of many delicious latin foods. As the day winded down, we loaded the bus for a final haul back to JHC. Today provided a nice break from the work we had been doing for the last couple of days, and a great opportunity to witness firsthand some of the work JHC has helped facilitate. Tomorrow, we return to physical labor and medical work.

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