Feliz Navidad de Nica

Trip Start Nov 29, 2009
Trip End May 10, 2010

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

So first off, I want to say that celebrating Xmas in tropical weather just seems ass backwards. I think this is the sole reason why our cultures differ in the way we celebrate this holiday. There no basis for consumption and spending. For some reason the sun is an appetite suppressant and there isn't any jolly fat white bearded fellow prompting you to empty your wallets, This was my first Xmas away from my family. Overall, that makes me sad, but it was helpful the way Navidad is celebrated here. The whole country floods to the beach for the holidays, so the beach was extra crowded. Most businesses were open on the 24th. Families get together to celebrate, but the party doesn't start until midnight. I hung out with a friend and we went to a families house to have a traditional Nica cuisine. It was simple and good. We hung out for an hour or so and talked with the family and enjoyed some homemade iced treats. After, we headed to the central park which is overlooked by the church. This is a common set up for a Spanish inspired village in Central America. It was very crowded as if the whole town was here. Lot's of kids and live entertainment for the family. The main stage had several different performances consisting of modern and traditional folklore dancing. I must say that the folklore dancing is super cool and the attire is beautiful and colorful. It's easy to fall in love with the traditions. 
There was a magnificent display of fireworks. It is a crazy show. It's no different than what you see in any city in the States, however, they are launching them 20 ft from the crowd. I suspected they didn't get the memo about fireworks being dangerous. We couldn't help but laugh about how ridiculous this was and how the children were practically glaring down the barrel of the fireworks launcher prior to it taking flight. It was all a bit crazy. Luckily no one was injured. In addition, a man wearing a contraption laced with fireworks catches himself on fire and chases kids around the park. LOL. Another interesting thing to witness. Projectiles on fire launch into the crowds as he is running around like a wild bull. They call him "el torro." I am not sure how no one's hair catches on fire. People down here must be fire retardant. 
After the park events we journeyed over to a Hawaiian restaurant that was packed with extraneros (foreigners) for open mic night, which is every Thursday. There was some good beats and this closed down the evening for us
Xmas day everything was calm and the beach was very busy. I took a run on the beach and sat in the sand and watched the professional volleyball tournament (female) in action. Music on the loud speaker made it very exciting to watch this in the sun. It's hard to believe how much in shape these girls are. If there is a sport that does it, this is it. Well, I am spending my last few days of 30 here in San Juan Del Sur. My friend Kathleen is coming into town on December 30th, the day before my birthday and we are going to paint the town red. This is a great weekend for her to come visit because there is allot of people here and the parties will be live! I haven't been doing much partying, mostly focusing on my writing, Spanish, art, working out and lounging. I defiantly am not going to miss out on New Years festivities. However, I really look forward to showing her the hiking sites and just chillaxing on the beach sipn on some rum. I can't wait to laugh with her about how cheap everything is here. After, we will be bouncing to visit an Island and a Volcano. Then...Costa Rica baby. Life is short, my time here is even shorter. 
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