On Sunday, the newly formed X-ray 7 set off bright and early from Fieldbase along with X-ray’s 3 and 8, to make the long journey to Nicaragua and their home for 19 days – La Naranjita.
Here, Claire from the group, update's everyone on how the first few days have gone...
The group enjoyed trying to get comfortable on the Transnica bus by making use of their well-packed sleeping bags and pillows! Games of Articulate also helped to entertain all groups on the journey. That night all three X-ray groups settled down for the night at a school in Jinotepi – a school that was in fact built by previous Raleigh volunteers a few years ago.
After a good night of rest and much needed sleep, X-ray 7 continued the journey onwards by a bright yellow school bus, setting off at the early time of 5am. With heads lolling around due to bumpy ground, and lots of singing to the music, the group enjoyed viewing the beautiful Nicaraguan countryside along the way. Emotions were high at the end of the day, as X-ray 7 said farewell to their travel companions X-ray’s 3 and 8.
Excited, the group left their bus and arrived at their destination – La Naranjita, Nicaragua. Unfortunately for one member of the group, the day did not begin well – with Jonny realizing that his bag was missing! This, as you can imagine when you have spent time and care packing everything you need, can be most upsetting. Luckily however faithful friends X-ray 8 came to the rescue! Jonny’s bag was safely with them a few km’s away in San Jose, Miraflor. The group, were then soon introduced to their new families for the duration of Phase 2 and all Venturer’s were very happy with their accommodation. Everyone is quite jealous of Amy and Emma, as they have the biggest house to stay in, which has two lovely hammocks to relax in after a hard day’s work.
Unfortunately for Jonny – day 2 did not start all that well either! After mixing lots of mud, perfect for adobi brick making, Jonny then fell into the big pile of squelching mud! Let’s hope things improve for Jonny over the coming days!
Louis and Eika have been eating lots of tortillas – mainly because they are struggling to understand the questions asked by their families, and are not sure how to politely decline further tortillas! Other comical highlights so far include, Eika and Louis getting locked out of their families’ house twice, on two separate occasions – there is still some debate as to exactly whose fault this was! The game, Mafia, is also proving very good entertainment with Uriel, Harvey and Jay proving very popular narrators.
The whole of X-ray 7 are enjoying the work they are doing – building new homes for residents of the community. They are looking forward to an exciting phase of getting to know their families well and completing the houses.