We celebrated Fiestas Patrias this week. This is Nicaragua’s Independence Day. Each class did a dance, as did the teachers. We had cultural presentations and then the dancing and dramas at the end, wrapping up the day with a traditional Nicaraguan meal for lunch and early dismissal.
It was wonderful to be a part of this, have Spanish dance lessons, and enjoy the wild cheering of my students. Looking over at them during the performance, at least three of my girls nearly had their noses on the stage trying to copy my every move. Even several of the boys told me I looked beautiful!
I’ve included the video for the teacher dance below. *The first 2 minutes are pretty dull, so if you want to watch from there, that is what I would recommend!*
Then, off for some TLC! I went to Leon with a friend for an overnight trip and did some sightseeing there.
A very pleasant trip. The highlight was church on Sunday – we attended a Spanish/English service that was so welcoming and fun to sing a single worship song, alternating back and forth between the languages. Communion was in Spanish, a Bible reading was in English, etc. Very cool.
We also visited a lake (Laguna de Apoyo) where we swam, relaxed, and listened to the parrots. Then, on our last day off we went to a beach on the Pacific. There were no trees for kilometers (if at all?) and in spite of 3 sunscreen applications in 4 hours, I got fried (blisters and all). Wasn’t a huge fan of that trip due to the lack of facilities and shade, but we did some beach combing, had what seemed like the whole coast to ourselves, and saw some wonderful little horses out for a gander.
Now back to school!