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Life Between Showers | Nourish International

July 15, 2013 | Posted in 2013, Cornell, Nicaragua, Summer Projects, UPenn | By

Everyday from 5am until 6pm the tropical sun of Nicaragua beats down with full force. The face melting humidity and constant looming threat of torrential down pours make even a (daily) ice cream run an adventure in Managua. Compounded with the hours of gardening in the vivero (nursery) and electrical construction in the Atraves office, the group has unanimously grown to love cold showers, even despite our growing fondness of that eternal sticky feeling. :)

Other than my new found romance with brisk morning reprieves from my sweat induced body, I have been working as a part of the Agriculture group working 4 days a week in the vivero and 4 days a week teaching environmental educational, nutrition and kid’s club. Lesson planning is coming a bit easier and we’re all practicing our Spanish to make communicating with our students more feasible.

This weekend I learned more about Nicaraguan history and explored historical sites throughout Managua. We also spent a night at a beach hotel on the pacific coast and truly got to enjoy the beauty of the Nicaraguan coastline.

Gearing up for our second work week at Atraves, I have grown to appreciate more and more about this amazing country. Seeing and traveling the country definitely makes me feel as if I have a better understanding of Nicaragua. But developing relationships with the families of Morazan, the children and community members of Camilo, and each other has been the most satisfying part of our adventure, even more than a cold rinse.

Christina G

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