I'm here, bitches.

Trip Start Sep 04, 2009
Trip End Feb 19, 2010

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Flag of Nicaragua  , Managua,
Saturday, September 5, 2009

Day 1.
So after a day of three flights, one vegan plane meal (fucking scary), and 14hrs of travel, I finally I arrive in Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua. Leo, one of the coordinators from the basecamp, greeted me, along with another volunteer, Suzanne from Milwaukee. We drove one hour up into the hills in order to reach a little village called jinotepe, my new hub. It is one of three "bed towns," so called because most of the people who live here work in Managua and travel daily in and out of the towns. After a night of restful sleep- despite the ceiling fan which sounds like two people humping on an iron bed frame- I awoke at 5 a.m., went for a nice run, had a breakfast of rice and beans (SURPRISE!!!) and began my orientation. There are three volunteers living in the house, along with Leo and Catherine, our coordinators. Suzanne and Jackie are my fellow volunteers, and are awesome. Suzanne goes to school in Tacoma, and Jackie is a partly chinese guy who is extremely skilled in martial arts, has tones of dragon tattoes and you will never guess his full name. Jackie Chan. I am still beside myself with entertainment. Pretty much the house is awesome, everyone is super nice and chill so I am pretty pumped as far being here goes. Catherine and Leo explained that this is the "honeymoon" phase of culture shock, where everything is super interesting. For example, we are actually going to visit a dump full of semi-homeless people this afternoon and I couldn't be more excited... It's some fucked up shit. There are four stages to culture shock i have learned. The first being the previously mentioned "honeymoon" phase, the second is called the "hostile" phase, the third-"grin and bear it" phase, and finally the "adjustment" phase. I feel as though I have just married Nicaragua... 
So this is as far as I have gotten... hopefully this elation maintains itself for at least another month or so.. cuz I can guarantee the "hostile" phase wont be pretty.
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cathyomex on

Love Your Blog!
Hey Rachelle,

How great is it that you are sharing your experience with us! Now there won't be a big black void - 'what's Rachelle up to?....'
Thank you.
Will anxiously await your next installment.
Cathy xoxxxox

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