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Crossville, United States

nothing seems to quite hit the spot like some good down home cookin' from your grandma, or in my case my mama. we got in last night after a 9 hour drive from ohio. our arrival was timed perfectly because we got into town with just enough time to haul ourselves over to the elks club and grab some of the greatest fish i've ever had. i could've used a beer to hit the spot but since i was with my parents i had to resist the urge. there's just something about perfectly Golden brown catfish and the fact that it was prepared in a sub-health dept. kitchen by a bunch of grandmothers to make it taste even better. love it. later that night we came back to mama and papa's unpacked and sat around. after spending all winter in cold ohio while it has still not gotten above 50, although that didn't stop me from going disc golfing, i was so happy that it was 70 and sunny when i got here. i was able to stand outside in just a t-shirt and be comfortable. i talked to Katherine for about 2 hours which was great. to all of you out there i would recommend robert frost's poetry any day of the week.
tonights plans consist going to the japanese restaurant in town. i do love that japanese steak house style but until then i'm gong to go work out and then call Kat. may the road rise up to meet your feet.

permalink written by  CLScheer on March 22, 2008 from Crossville, United States
from the travel blog: Easter with Mama and Papa
tagged TN, Winter, Tennesse, Easter, Grandparents, Grandpa and Grandma

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Granada, Nicaragua

So I arrived here in Nicaragua yesterday, specifically in the capital city of Managua. I was picked up by one of the only two people who work for La Esperanza Granada fulltime: Felipe, a jolly, rotund Native Nicaraguan with only half an index finger on his right hand. We booked it out of the rather unsafe city and headed for Granada. Before leaving the city we saw Daniel Ortegas massive and heavily guarded mansion, along with tons of his propoganda buildboards which were all colored pink, as Felipe explained, Ortegas favorite color.

We arrive in Granada about an hour later and I headed to the apartment where Ill (note: there is no apostrophe on a Spanish keyboard. ¿who knew?) be living for the next 9 weeks. There are 15 volunteers total there, all around my age or a little bit older. There is another house of volunteers a few blocks away with a similar number of people, but I have yet to venture over there yet. Of the volunteers in my building, there are 3 from Germany, one from Denmark, one from Holland, two from Sweden, one from switzerland, a brother and sister from Canada, one from Oregon and the others I cant remember. Conversations switch rapidly from Spanish to German to English to Swedish to any mixture of them. Fortunately, everyone does speak English pretty well and, moreover, I have already been deemed the person to go to for English help which is pretty fun.

The city of Granada itself is nice and seems rather laid back. Ive learned to navigate from the house to the grocery store and internet cafe at least already. I went to the Cathedral in the center of town today for Easter Mass. Despite not understanding hardly a word from the priest I could follow along with the mass pretty well as it is the same all over the world. Two noticeable differences though that might speak to the overall idea that Granada and Nicaragua are a little more laid back than the states: the greeting one another with ¨peace be with you¨ part seemed to last about 3 times as long as usual because everyone made sure to shake everybodys hand in the surrounding quarter mile and seemed quite happy to do so. Next, instead of processing in a regimented orderly fashion to receive Communion, everybody walked in an ad hoc mad dash to the altar. All in all, it was an interesting experience.

Tomorrow the schools are still closed due to the Easter holiday but the new volunteers have our orientation. Im sure tomorrow will be just as interesting as this weekend. Hasta luego

permalink written by  mls12 on April 4, 2010 from Granada, Nicaragua
from the travel blog: Volunteering with La Esperanza Granada in Granada, Nicaragua
tagged Arrival and Easter

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