A day of humility

Trip Start Jan 04, 2010
Trip End Dec 23, 2010

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

yesterday was extremely quiet.  sunday is obviously a day of rest in leon.  the shops were closed, most restaurants closed, and the feeling was muy tranquilo.  i walked to a few churches in the morning to see if i could attend a sunday mass.  turns out - i was a bit too late for the morning services.  the churches close for a few hours to get ready for the afternoon service.  but something was a little strange about this church pictured?  can you find it?  a horse...a horse waiting for the doors to open.  and by the looks of him - wanting to take communion.  poor little thing.  no idea why he was there.  he didn't have a harness, a rope, nothing.  

i've been trying tirelessly to speak spanish to locals..."donde esta la iglesia de san juan?", "por favor senora, sabe usted que hora es?", and other small phrases.  i was feeling really good about myself...proud that the last 2 days i have managed to communicate my ideas clearly.  well, i found out last night that my spanish SUCKS and people were just being polite and smiling!  i said "drink the drums" instead of "play the drums", "i am asking on the street" instead of "can i walk on the street" and many many other silly phrases.  at first, it's completely embarrassing to realize how stupid you must look...but then i get to laughing at myself, order another cervesa and start the silliness all over again.  in spirit of my struggles - be patient with those around you that may not speak english very well.  that kindness will hopefully bring good karma to me in my journey!

in honor of a promise i made last night - i am officially posting a correction.  i am staying at tortuga booluda (www.tortugabooluda.com) and not "tortuga balooda" which i mentioned before.  the manager wants me to post the correct name in case i inspire anyone to come and visit.

and since it was quiet yesterday i took the opportunity to head down to the university area.  i don't know the entire history behind the beginning of the revolution (1979 i think) here in nica, but so far it's my understanding that a demonstration at the university in leon turned violent and 4 students were shot and killed by the somoza regime.  this mural and monument pictured is in memory of those events.  and much to my surprise the FSLN headquarters in leon (very much a sandinista community) sits right next to the university.  it's full of men day and night...all week i've wondered what everyone was doing in there.  now i know.  thankfully i have not stopped to ask for directions using my silly spanish phrases and north american accent.
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B.R. on

Hi Tish. Again great pics,About the horse by the door in front of church, A good guess would be someone in the church probably feeds him when he's hungry?Have a nice day.

Kathie on

it is so brave of you to even attempt Spanish and I think you are doing great. Spanish and religion - is this a new you!!

Mom on

i know u are in class hope its going good and spanish will get easier. Things are good here dogs are freat hav to take jimmie for a cut he looks disastrous right now it makes ness ill ha... she is paying for him. hang in there and enjoy. lov u ma

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