X-Ray 8 arrived in Miraflor after 2 days on the bus from Costa Rica and thus far their time has been filled with cement volcanoes and explosive rivers on the worksite. The roof of their community centre is due to go on this week and the mural has been chosen by the community from our list of suggestions. The boys have taken to enjoying the Shania Twain power hour a little too much, mattocking topless in unison to ‘Man I Feel Like A Woman’. The macho-ness exuded by James, Hanko, Charlie and Andrew is almost overwhelming.
On our second night we were treated to an ‘unexpected’ visit from the X-Ray 3 trekking group, who had taken a wrong turn on their route. We spent the evening sharing tales from life on site but did not wake to say goodbye at 3am...
Groups have rotated work at the local school playing vast quantities of ‘heads, shoulders, knees and toes’ in addition to the legendary ninja – the class of 15 can barely contain their excitement when we show up!
We couldn’t write a blog about our community phase without talking our amazing families. Gee and Azelle have had an eye opening experience following Don Gustavo’s topless Macarena and witnessing the slaughter of a pig! Azelle in particular has attained some firsts in experiencing the taste of eggs, and a drink of coffee (separately) for the premier time in her life. Gee on the other hand has failed miserably to teach her young ‘brothers’ ceilidh dancing, much to the amusement of the rest of the group.
Holly and Rosh have become the long lost daughters of doting Mother Angela, who seems to have a never ending family resembling a Spanish soap opera. They are slowly but surely working out who’s who. Hanko and Fu’s Dad is a Lad and has become the party house whilst James and Michael are cosy in the single bed!
On a honey search one evening, Michael managed to get stung in the mouth, but it was well worth it for the prize. Their Mum keeps them happy with hundreds of tortillas – the smell is seeping out of their pores.
Vicki and Jess are kept busy with communal card games and spending the night’s listening to Janer’s spectacular snoring!Andrew and Charlie met their Dad on the first evening in somewhat bizarre circumstances – having a nap against the garden wall.
On our day off we visited a waterfall which was well worth the walk and the group are taking it in turns to visit the cigar factory in Esteli this week.
Within the first day a quote list was compiled which has grown steadily:
Anna: Guys... Did you know i’ve been on trek (x1000)
Holly: Guys... It’s definitely raining.
Gee: Glasgow is better than Edinburgh
- This rain is really wet
James: I HATE people who think that bakewell tarts are the original bakewell puddings. They’re stupid.
Charlie: I’ve just sacrificed a camera saving a biscuit wrapper from that river (Pilkington’s commitment to Raleigh’s ‘Leave No Trace’ policy continues to impress)
Fu: *LOUD NOISES*
All in all X-Ray 8 are having a banging time in Nicaragua and can’t wait to get started on the mural this week.