Trip Start May 10, 2009
20Trip End Sep 03, 2009
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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
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