So.. how exactly do you board on lava?

Trip Start Sep 04, 2009
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Trip End Feb 19, 2010


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Flag of Nicaragua  , León,
Sunday, October 4, 2009

Ahhh what a weekend.
Suzanne and i decided that we were in need of a little party getaway before our placements started full time (today!).. So off we went to Leon. What a time we had. Apart from meeting tones of cool people (mostly German), we danced the night away to live local music, drank plenty of mojitos, and were reunited with one the original members of the Basecamp volunteer trio, the infamous Jackie Chan.
The first thing I did upon arrival was down a mojito, followed by a litre of Tona beer. I was feeling pretty damn good by dinner time... and kept going till 3am. Poor Suzanne was my babysitter, but I think she was secretely extremely entertained. 
I awoke the next morning at 7:30 (still drunk), in order to hike up a volcano for volcano boarding...As we sat in the back of the pick up trucks taking us into the reserve, a scratchy radio played "another one bites the dust." I thought that was some seriously ominous foreshadowing. I think being drunk helped though, because I was the first to volunteer to slide down the 41 degree slope after being given a set of directions which were not the easiest to follow under the circumstances. The volcano is named Cerro Negro and is the youngest volcano in Nicargua, and thus is still active. In some areas, the ground is so hot that you could cook an egg on it.. no joke. But needless to say it was amazing, and the tour company even threw in a mojito once we were back at the hostel.
I feel asleep very early that night. Sunday it was back to Jinotepe in order to get ready for our placements... ahhh!!!! So excititng!

Monday morning: the first day!
I have decided that if I ever do become a doctor, the first thing I will do is hire a secretary, Seriously, the amount of paperwork that each doctor must do takes up at least half a days work that could be spent examining patients. You know, examaning, that thing they went to school for 8 years in order to become qualified to do. You can go to Sprott-Shaw community colledge for 6 weeks in order to learn how to do paperwork.. christ almighty, the world makes little sense sometimes.
But i had fun, there are a lot of babies being born in the little town. However, it is the only public hospital in all the Carazo province, which has a population of 135,000.. so yeah. A LOT OF BABIES!
After the hospital, I biked to the next town over in order to go and play some soccer at the FIFA Soccer School. Kids here are too cute for words, maybe thats why there are so many babies. People think they should make more of these adorable little creatures, and I agree. So long as they arent mine.
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markgoddaddy
markgoddaddy on

Time travel
Hey, since when did Nicaragua move into a different month zone. Time zone sure, but it is already November there according to your blog dates.

No worries my dear. I found your comments about culture shock interesting. You had a comment something to the effect that you are aprt of a generation that wants to breakdown the things that divide humans. Interestingly, in the next post you talk about the vitality of Nic culture and how it compares to Canadian cultural pride. You are really talking about the same thing. What divides us is our need(?) for identity (familial, social, cultural, national) and identity is so closely tied to culture. Can we ever develop a global/human identity/culture? Do we want to? Isn't that just globalization? I recently read two very good books on the subject. I can't remember the exact names now, but if you still interested when you get back, and you haven't killed to many brain cells, I'll lend'em to ya. (I can't remember the exact names 'cause when I was your age I killed too many brain cells:)

Really enjoyed reading the blog and all the f bombs. You rock and remember, if you can't be good, be smart/safe.

Love Mark

mamagoo
mamagoo on

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Good Goddess so philisophical! And liquored up! Ahhh a girl after my heart. Seems like nothing but good times and hard work and I imagine some serious sweating from the humidity and big effen spiders. Oh yes and dancing...my favorite part. Good to see your face and hear your thoughts and like Mark said...if you can't be good be safe.
You are loved.
Goo

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