Today was packed with adventures outside the clinic. We started the morning at Rancho Ebenezer, where the owner talked to us about his mission to share knowledge about sustainable farming with people across the country. We then received a tour of the 1.6 acre farm and were treated to a generous lunch before heading into Granada.
Granada is a colonial city with a lot of history surrounding it. At one point in history, Granada was the capital of Nicaragua, and traces of colonial architecture and influence are still evident. While in the city, we visited a cultural museum located in an old church, where we saw artwork, religious displays, and impressive pre-Columbian stone statues. After our museum tour, we had some time to wander around and explore the city on our own. Some of us spent the afternoon shopping for souvenirs from the local vendors, some sought out cafes and ice cream shops, while our volunteer coordinator, Autumn, and I went on a beautiful boat tour of the Isletas in Lake Nicaragua. The Isletas are small islands that formed in the 1700s when the volcano Mombacho erupted. We ended our trip to Granada with a pizza dinner in the city.
Before heading back to the JHC, we stopped at the Masaya Volcano for an evening view of the volcanic activity. It was incredible to see and hear the flowing lava and plumes of smoke billowing from the crater.
Tomorrow we are heading back to the health clinic for our second to last day of work. It’s hard to believe that our time in Nicaragua is coming to an end, and although we all miss our families back home, it will be hard to leave this amazing country in a few days.