After an extended trip from Dulles to El Salvador, I feel like we’ve all come together in our distress. We left the Crowne Plaza, which was a lovely hotel we stayed in early this morning and we’ve arrived in Nicaragua! It’s already showing itself to be a beautiful country.
We were warmly welcomed by the JHC which brought smiles to everyone’s faces. Our bags arrived safely and made it successfully through customs. We started out our tour in a grand plaza where we marveled at a rundown church and the National Palace/old congressional meeting place. We walked around and stood in the exact room where 25 brave members of the FSLN took members of Nicaraguan congress hostage. Breathing in the history, we awed at how revolutionaries aged younger than ourselves sacrificed everything for the cause they believed to be just.
The Trees of Life populate the skyline wherever we looked in Managua. The First Lady is pushing for a rebranding of the capital by sprouting up pastel colored metallic tree designs, which the locals have drastically different opinions about.
We ended our day with a trip to Gerardo’s house, a Nicaraguan muralist who actually created the mural with Bucknell students behind the 7th Street Cafe. It was a very humbling experience and I was moved by the passion that Gerardo expressed when talking about his art work.
Ryan, Nicole, & Jose