Monday, 2 April 2012
Hola desde El Portillo!
Today is Monday and after living with our families for almost a week we are all settling in well and getting used to the Nicaraguan way of life. While eating lots of traditional food we are all practicing our Spanish followed by giving birth to loads of food babies! We have been lucky enough to try some of the pigs and chickens that were running around our houses a few days earlier. Some of the venturers had the opportunity to milk a cow and as a reward have tasted the fruits of their labour – delicious ‘arroz con leche’ (rice pudding).
After a slow start on the building of the new eco-latrines, work is now going well and we are developing our construction skills – taught by the locals. We are all now nearly experts in cement mixing and brick-laying, so we have a plan B for when we get home. The eco-latrines we are building are more environmentally friendly than traditional long drop latrines. They are more sustainable in the long term as they provide compost for the soil and prevent contamination of the water.
Every afternoon, after work, the kids gather around the school excited for their English lessons taught by the venturers. they are keen to learn all kinds of subjects but 'ninja' seems to gain the most interest. They are all very interested in all us 'cheles' and use us as climbing frames, teddy bears, and they love tickling.
Much Love to everyone at home Zulu 6
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