Some of you have already gotten the play by play but here are the pictures from Nicaragua in full. Still trying to get the video up on line so be patient with me. My internet connection isn't fantastic. So here you go:
Yes they have volcanos some active some inactive but what really catches your eye is Lake Grenada when you see it in the picture here it is nothing compared to the grandness of it up close.
There is a lot of trash on the side of the road and just about as many stray dogs and cats. You'll see a few of the pictures I got of animals that actually had homes and how hungry they look. I did get sick once but with the help of the fabulous sister I stayed with Karla in the red dress I had pharmacy drugs in me for twelve hours after which I was feeling loads better. I can't wait to go back. February is the sign language convention and my hope is to be back with the friends there by then.
Once you get past that you see the warmth of the people and the friends. Everyone speaks Spanish and few spoke English so if you're interested in getting better at speaking Spanish this
is the place for you.
spent most of
my time in Grenada and Managua and I had a short
visit to a Sign Language congregation in Masaya. (pronounced: messiah)
All in all it was a fabulous trip topped off with a couple of great days at the English convention reconnecting with friends old and new. There were parts on the program from brothers as far away as Manchester, England. With accents that sound like the Geico gecko :)
Thanks to everyone who helped me get there and if anyone is even thinking about going to serve where the need is Nicaragua is a great place to start. Every language group has a need which includes: Nicaraguan sign language, English and Spanish. There is a place for everyone :)
Yes, everyone I'm back from Nicaragua and here is where you'll find the evidence. I had a fabulous twelve day trip so let's get right to the interesting stuff:My first day, I was picked up by Bethel transportation and brought directly to Bethel where I spent my first night. I'm not sure what I expected but the first thing I noticed about Managua was the mosquitos. Despite my mosquito repellant bath that morning I was continually attacked by their little sneaky mosquitos. They apparently didn't mind my repellant or my clothes since they went right through them to get to me.
The smell of Nicaragua is interesting to say the least. Yes there is livestock and pollution so you can smell those things but there is also the perpetual smell of burning brush. Smells something like burning marijuana leaves (if you are all familiar with the smell it takes getting used to). The sight of horse drawn wagons on the same road as fast moving taxis and other vehicles was not expected. I thought there would be some kind of clear distinction between the town and rural areas. There isn't. There are just as many cobblestone streets as there are paved ones.
The friends at Bethel of course were fabulous and warm. You'll see here that the grounds were beautiful there and the mountains behind Mandy show that the views are gorgeous. You just have to look up to see a mountain or a volcano. In her husband Matt's office we played around with the items that were going into the Nicaragua historical exhibit new to the Bethel Branch. He's also a bit of a collector of large intimidating looking insects as the one you see here.