Miraflor and Bataola Norte

Trip Start Jan 22, 2007
Trip End Jun 02, 2007

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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

    We only have a week left in our program.  The past five weeks have been filled with spending time with my family, rural stays and classes.  A couple weeks ago we had a rural stay in a community called Miraflor in the mountains of Nicaragua.  It was a gorgeous area with rolling hills, huge trees, spanish moss, bright yellow flower trees and cacti.  My host family was part of a women´s cooperative that produces fair trade coffee.  I spent the week getting to know my family and their experiences during the war and once again seeing what life is like more most people in Latin America.  Every night I went to bed around 8pm because there was no electricity and I woke up around 6 am with the roosters.  In the morning I helped out with daily activities.  This included walking to the well every morning to get water because there wasn´t running water, also a common problem in Managua. I helped make tortillas and helped to milk the cows.  Our family had alot of farm animals, cows, chickens, pigs, puppies, and cats, it was a pretty busy house.
    The rest of my time I have been spending in Managua, living with my host family in Bataola Norte.  Last weekend my family took me up to Corinto, where the entire rest of the family lives within one block of each other.  Corinto is a cute little town on the beach where everyone bikes around and takes tricycles which are bicycle taxis.  We spend the weekend on the beach, meeting the family and riding the Farris wheel, which is the scariest Farris wheel I have ever been on.   I have come to consider Bataola Norte home.  It is in the big city, but it feels like a community, and the family has really treated me as one of the family.  I will definitely be sad to leave in a couple days!
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