Trip Start May 10, 2009
Trip End Sep 03, 2009

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Hotel Nicarao Inn

Flag of Nicaragua  , Rivas,
Sunday, May 31, 2009

During the two-hour ride to Rivas, I chatted with Eliseo about various things Nicaraguan - as the taxi flew Southward bound, he called out the various cities, including the volcano Mombacho, one of Nicaragua's biggest active volcanos, but hasn't erupted in the last couple of hundred years.
    However, I got tired pretty fast and dozed off...the next thing I know, Eliseo was tapping me on the shoulder, telling me that we were in Rivas -  We had arrived in a hotel, where we'd be staying for the weekend for the first two days of orientation.  I met my fellow intern, Claire who is absolutely wonderful! she spent spring semester in Costa Rica, and also spent a year in Ecuador... so I will have much to learn from her.  Cynthia, who is the other site coordinator and Clarisol, site director.  We dove right into talking about the logistics of the program... between figuring out the Nicaraguan accent (they drop their 's'es like crazy!! does not make things easier for me) and trying my best to decode Nicaraguan slang on TOP of my exhaustion = not a wonderful situation for my attention span.  However, survived it, and enjoyed a simple dinner with Claire and Cynthia, exchanging bits of travelling stories...
The next day we sat through some more lectures - I think the quick change from Hong Kong -> Boston -> Managua finally took its toll on my body.. I'm sure my biological clock was somewhere in the middle of next week, so unfortunately I was nodding off in a lot of those workshops (oops).  It became a running theme... such that on our last night in Rivas, were were listening to traditional Nicaraguan music in the lobby of our hotel after dinner at a restaurant which claimed to be Chinese (with all due respect, I would beg to differ).. but I was still suffering from jet lag - our program director tried to creep on me to take a picture of me in my state of drowsiness (I'm sure Eliseo, Cynthia and Claire egged her on).. oh man. but it's okay.. she didn't succeed. no embarrassing pictures as of yet - tomorrow we get to meet our host families!! excitingg

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Rogelio on

Nicaraguan does not drop the 'S' is just the fact that does not sounds too prenounced as Costarican= ssssssssssss, Nicaragua is just 'S'

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