To our dearest followers,
Today was a fun-filled day. We started the day off planning activities for Olympics that will happen tomorrow night for the girls. We have all been paired off with people we have not spent much time with on the trip. It was hard to find someone you haven't talked to a lot because as a group we are all pretty close. I am paired with a girl from Auburn and we decided our activity would be soccer bowling. The Olympic games will consist of some soccer drills, shooting, relay races, and other games.
After everyone figured out which activity they would be coaching we walked down town to exchange our money before our two hour shopping spree. We went to a place called Masaya, which is a giant market with very cheap prices. We took what they call chicken buses to the market. The buses are school buses but they are all individually decorated with lots of colors. Before the bus driver pulls away, three or four Niccas walked down the aisles with pastries, juices or candy for the ride. It was like they were flight attendants but they got off the bus before we left.
The ride took us about a half hour with all the stops. When we arrived everyone went their separate ways to shop. M-Evans, Vegas and I all bought gifts for everyone at home for around 60 dollars at most. They both bought Barcelona Jerseys for 15 dollars! The markets are very crowded. You literally walk down dirt paths and it looks like a giant farmers market except not all of it is food. We walked from a booth with shoes and toys to the booth right next to it with raw chicken sitting out on a table. We passed one booth with raw cow meat and on the chair next to the cow meat was a cat just starring at the raw meat (it would not be FDA approved). The smell is terrible, every time we came to an aisle where there was raw food we sprinted because the smell made us feel sick. Mads and I were really turned off by this and both pre-ordered vegetarian meals for tomorrow's closing dinner. After a successful day of shopping we returned to Granada to help the Nicca coaches make the potluck dinner.
Maddy and I went with our Olympic partners to Karen and Flacca's house (Nicca coaches) to cook pica de gallo and chicken. Vegas went with her partner to make rice and beans and some orange juice which was amazing. The dinner everyone put together for the potluck was fabulous.
We had another activity night with the girls. I was with the youngest group, Vegas was with the middle group and Maddy was with the oldest group. Each floor had a different activity. On the first floor was musical chairs, the little girls loved it. If you did not have a chair at the end your punishment was to pick a phrase out of a hat and do what it said. The papers had things like: sing the national anthem, touch your ear to your knee, bark like a dog or dance like a robot. The second floor was a trivia game where the girls were asked different questions about soccer. They knew a lot more than I did; apparently I know nothing about the sport. On the third level was a relay race. There were two cones set apart by ten feet. The objects at the cones were: shin guards, shorts, shoes, a pinnie, jersey and a hat. The objective was to run to the cone put on all the items and run back take everything off and then the next person goes. This was extremely funny for my group because everything was XL and my group consisted of girls no older than eight. Everyone had a really good time.
Unfortunately, tonight was the last night for one of the volunteers that has lived here since August. Larkin is going home tomorrow so the Nicoyas (the older girls that she coached) threw her a surprise going away party. It was really emotional for the girls and for her. You could really tell how close they all got and what an impact she had on them. When walking downtown to the internet café we talked about how we have only been here for a few days and already feel attached to the staff and girls and how hard it must be to have been here that long and then leave.
Tomorrow Maddy will tell you all about our last school visit and the Olympic games.
Chao, Jess Rosenbluth