I think our biggest frustration is our lack of Internet. We are able to use Wi-Fi when we go to a bar but so far we have had no luck in getting the mobile ‘dongle’ to work on my mac. We hope that when we are in our own place we will get a modem via the phone line.
The kids from the project have all gone back to their families over the Easter break so this gives us a good time to explore the island. Today we borrowed the project’s ute and went on an explore to the beaches close by. This is where all the 20something backpackers stay. They are not quite like Australian beaches, but they are cool and the water clean. We will also spend this time reading over the background material regarding Si A La Vida given to us by the director.
Someone commented on the photo of Mart and I at the airport saying it looked like we were going on our honeymoon. Well I think it might not be quite like that. Life is hard here. But there is no doubt it is harder for poor Nicaraguans.
I look at the men working all day on the roads in the heat and the women selling things on the street while their little children play or sleep in the dirt and I wonder how they do it. When we were here last time I remember how we were overwhelmed by the resilience and sense of hope and endurance that the people of Nicaragua have. This has not changed.
It has been great to keep up with people via email and face book and to see you in your routine as we establish ours.
Keep in touch and have a great week