I´m in Esteli

Trip Start Jan 05, 2009
Trip End Jan 18, 2009

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Hello all! I did not drop off the face of the earth. I arrived safely in Esteli on Monday and immediately went to my school to check in and take a test. They placed us (my friend Lisa and I) with a family and we started lessons the next afternoon. We actually got placed across the street from each other because Im staying with one of the teachers at the school and shes in her mother-in-laws house across the way. The family is very nice - mom, dad, two daughters and a puppy. We had our second lesson today and they advanced me to the next level book, but it definitely got harder today. I think Ill learn a good amount and the next step it to practice it.

Lisa and I have plans on Saturday to visit a nature reserve project call UCA Miraflor. Were going to take a horse ride to see some waterfalls and an outlook for the day. The bus leaves really early, so well have to get an early start. Then I have to leave early again on Sunday to catch a bus from Esteli to Managua to get to the airport. My flight leaves at 12 in the afternoon, so I will want to plan in plenty of cushion time.

So really I only have another couple of days here in Esteli. Oh, also today we went with a couple of other students and a guide at the school to visit a paper recycling project. Its really cool. Its a group of women who turned a neighborhood dump into a garden with a workshop to recycle paper and make notecards and books to sell. They have volunteers to help out, but mostly its 6 single moms that are working to educate their neighborhood about taking care of the enviornment. Deforestation, climate change, composting, etc.

Lisa and I are finding our way around and while its not a very pretty town, the people are friendly and there is a lot going on. I dont know if Ill have time for another entry again before I leave, but all is well.


kathy hope
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