02.09.2007 - 28.09.2007
We awoke to the buzz of the minihotel and the busy street outside. After a delightful breakfast of gallo pinto, cheese, eggs, and coffee, we went to say hello to Karla and Giovanny at their store. The greetings were as warm as ever despite the pleasantly cool temperatures of “winter” in Bluefields.
At lunch time, we returned to their house and parked our bags. We ate a delicious lunch courtesy of Hilma and began the enjoyable task of catching up with our friends and letting their children become comfortable with having us around. We told them how excited we were for the big upcoming event “the Marcha” or the Independence day parade. In this parade, all the important officials of the town and the schools put on their best shows. Huge troupes of “palionas”- baton twirlers, and drummers are the main attraction while brightly costumed students and trophy carriers make intermittent appearances. This would happen on the 14th with final performances on the 15th.
Sara and I made a list of the people that we needed to visit. At the top of the list were Karla’s family and Wendy’s family. Also a priority were our sponsor children, Shary and Jeronima(whose birthday coincides with our anniversary). Next, Jordan and Jose, two of Sara’s favorite ex students. There were in second grade back in the day, but now are in their freshman years. One of Mike’s favorites was Don Augustin, a member of the church choir and top notch guitar performer joined the list. Finally, we needed to stop by Dona Asucena, the mother of a friend we would be visiting in Guatamala.
Some of these friendships are more than 10 years old, and so our friends are willing to share with us the richness as well as the difficulty of living in Bluefields. Nicaraguas culture is rich in poetry, music, friendship, dancing, nature, and food while the difficulties of health problems, crime, drugs, corruption, juvenile delinquency, unsafe drinking water, unemployment, and lack of resources touch everyone’s lives.
Below are some pictures of our visits with friends…………hope you enjoy them.
Meeting up with Don Agustin........we sang many traditional Nicaraguan songs!
Enjoying dinner out with Wendy, Janitza, and husband Marc.
Hanging out with Janitza and cousin Mahatma
They did my hair!
Mike doing homework with Janitza
Visiting with Jeronima's family
Our original God-daughter, Jeronima.
Mike with our grand-god-daughter, Tatiana.
Tatiana practicing her therapy.
Fermin and crew with their livestock.
All the family's babies!!
Meeting Jeronima's new niece
Jeronima's parents and sibs house!
Karla's family at the parade..
Words don't do the parade justice.
Palionas- baton twirlers in costume.
Nicaragua's pride poses with symbols and costume.
Carlos Adolfo- Karla's nephew...is taller than the rest.
Jose's sister's foud us. (Jose is another ex student of Sara's.)
Would you call this a crowd?
Our best friends and hosts!
Johan and Mike with fish from Mark.
Johan plays cars.
Budding artist, Guiseppe.
Dona Fatima and Dylan, newest nephew of Karla--son of Yvannia.
Karla and Dylan.
Oh, we love all our friends and miss them already!!