Today was our last full day in Nicaragua. We were able to sleep in an extra 45 minutes before traveling to the Masaya Crafts Market. Navigating through the maze of the market made shopping an adventure. We were able to buy souvenirs for ourselves and gifts for friends and family. The vendors of the market sold homemade crafts such as jewelry, clothing, hammocks, paintings, and knickknacks. After eating ice cream from the Eskimo stand in the market, we departed for Laguna de Apoyo. We arrived at about noon and ate a delicious lunch in the outdoor hostel dining area. We then swam in the laguna, an extinct volcano filled with fresh water, for the entire afternoon. The immensity of the peaks of the volcano surrounding the laguna resonated the power and beauty of nature, making us realize our relative size in the world and how small we are in the macroscopic universe. The serenity of the water created a relaxing environment for our last day here. Luckily, the good weather lasted for the entirety of our stay at the laguna; the rain finally began when we left to see Pedro Guerrero. Pedro is a master potter who gave us a demonstration and explanation on his entire pottery process in which he molds the clay and applies natural paints from materials of the Earth. After the demonstration, he brought us into his home adjacent to his workshop and allowed us to purchase his beautiful pottery. At about 5:15, we arrived at La Mestiza, a restaurant in Masaya, where we devoured fantastic burritos and enjoyed one last meal together. In our final group meeting, we nostalgically completed our last count-off and Paul gave us parting advice in our return to the States.
Sending Nica love one last time,