Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Zulu 6 - Summer Lovin' it!
Now we have been in El Porillo for over three weeks and nearly completed twenty four eco-latrines. In the past week we've grown in confidence in our construction skills which has sped up our progress. The locals seem to be please with our work and will complete the latrines that we don't have time to finish. On the work-site we've had a lot of fun working with the Maestro de Obra and the family whose latrine we are building.
Slowly our houses have filled up over the week as more and more family members returned home to celebrate Semana Santa (Easter) an important religious festival for the Nicaraguans. On Friday they served us a traditional fish soup which we enjoyed in the company of the whole group at the school.
Saturday afternoon we set off for our two day trip which began with spending the night in San Juan de Limay, a relatively large town for this area. We spent the evening listening to the catholic service at the church which was very popular amongst the locals. It was very impressive although some of us were more interested in the local plantains being sold. On Sunday we set off for the trip which was meant to lead us to a beautiful waterfall but we only got as far as the river where we swam and ate lunch. After a joyful ride in the chicken bus we returned to Limay supper which included the usual rice and beans. Monday morning began with a early uphill walk back to El Portillo which we all enjoyed as it reminded of our trekking days.
We are now coming to the end of our time in El Portillo and preparations are underway for our farewell activities. We are helping our families with the cooking for our leaving party tonight which for some of us has included witnessing the killing of one of the family’s chickens. Tonight our musical skills will also be demonstrated as we perform our national anthem and a ‘cultural song’ (which we have chosen to be “Summer Lovin'” from Grease) to the entire village. With special guests including the Mayors of San Juan de Limay and Achuapa. It is set to be a great evening and the icing on the cake to end our time in Nicaragua.
Finally, Tess Louisa and Max are learning a traditional folk dance which is to be performed to the entire field base upon our return to Costa Rica. Dressed in the traditional white, red and green outfits it is an eagerly anticipated event.
Lots of love, Zulu 6
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