After a tiring day building and painting pig sties in the countryside of Leon, our group took an hour and a half bus ride back to Managua. When we got back to Rafaela’s house for dinner, we had a little bit of extra time to play Desmoche and Sietillo, some of the Nicaraguan card games that the students taught us. After dinner, we all went back to our host families, and then all eight of us met at the park with our host siblings. My host brother is only 7, and Tali has a host little sister who is 4, so we went to the play sets and played tag and hide-and-go-seek instead, while the rest played soccer. Alex was a great goalie, and Philip and Niccolo were the star players of the US team. Later, Alexander, Greg, and Maia played cops and robbers with their host siblings. Needless to say, we all slept very well that night.
This morning, we woke up and had another great breakfast at Rafaela’s and headed off to Escuela de Acahualinca, the public elementary school in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Nicaragua. The children at this school receive much aid from the government; for example, today there were many boxes of new shoes to be distributed to the students. We got there at recess time, and the kids were very excited to play with us. The boys played soccer with some of the students, while Maia, Tali and I learned some new hand games and taught them one of our own. After recess, we got straight to work. Alexander, Greg, Juan Carlos, Grace, and Jocelene painted decorative tires in the playground, and Tali took photographs. Alex, Philip, Maia, Christofer, Steven, and I dug a huge hole for the school to bury trash. It was hard but rewarding work, and we diggers were quite dirty by the end of it! When we got back we were all taken back to our houses to shower and get ready for lunch, to be followed by our trip to Masaya in the afternoon.
Hasta la próxima.