March 8 – 9
Around 1:45 p.m., we headed out to Masaya on an hour-long bus ride. Once we arrived in the beautiful town, each person in our group was paired with two Nicaraguans who helped us navigate through two separate markets. The first market was rather expensive, so we only spent twenty minutes there to get an idea of the gifts we would want to purchase at the next market. The following market was much cheaper and had almost identical items, so we stayed for an hour and a half to buy gifts for friends and family and explore the little shops. It was a great opportunity for many of us to try our hand at haggling, and many of us were quite successful. It was lots of fun to spend time with the Nicaraguan students, and each of us had great conversations in Spanish. We returned to Managua at 6:00 p.m., and spent a few minutes together in Rafaela’s living room to watch some fútbol on TV. Niccolo and Philip were especially excited to watch the highlights from an exhilarating game between Barcelona and Paris from earlier in the afternoon. After resting for a bit, we ate a great dinner and then returned to our homes for the night.
At 7:00 a.m. the next day, our group met up at Rafaela’s house for another delicious breakfast. This morning, the sixth grade class from La Nicaragüita walked us to school. Once I arrived in my assigned classroom, the 5-year-old students were just as excited to see me as I was to see them. However, something was noticeably different. Almost all of the students were wearing little costumes, some of the most popular ones being superheroes and Disney princesses. A few minutes after school began, all of the students from preschool to sixth grade were brought outside to have a little costume competition. Maia, Alex, Philip, Greg, and Niccolo participated in the competition by judging the students’ costumes and selecting winners in three different age groups. Once the competition ended, we went back to work with our classes for a few hours. I spent lots of time playing with the kindergarteners and assisting their teacher by drawing and cutting out little things for the kids. All of the GS students had a great morning with their classes, but Alyssa had an especially fun time. Her 3-year-old students absolutely loved playing with her and expressed their gratitude towards her with countless hugs. After the classes ended, we ate some cake to celebrate the birthday of one of the students. We all unanimously agreed it was the best cake we’ve ever had. We finished our morning with a lively dance class, which was definitely one of my favorite parts of the morning. We practiced a total of three Nicaraguan dances and all of us had a fun time as we tried them out. The dance class is a great way to immerse ourselves in Nicaraguan culture, and it was an energetic end to our morning.
¡Hasta la próxima!