Double-tall, non fat, vanilla latte. Hold the whip

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


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Finca La Pita

Flag of Nicaragua  , Matagalpa,
Tuesday, November 17, 2009

    Sorry I haven't updated in awhile, has been a crazy couple of weeks!
Suzanne, Megan and myself trekked up North last week to visit the mountainous region of Nicaragua. This area is famous for their coffee plantations as well as having had a lot of fighting take place during the revolution in the late 1970's. 
    To get a true taste of the coffee culture, we traveled to a little town just outside of Matagalpa, named San Ramon. Here we went to the Ecotourism office, and had them organize a guide to come and get us and take us to an actual coffee farm where we would stay with a family and learn first hand how coffee ends up in Starbucks. 
    After trekking 3km into the hills, we met our guide, and she proceeded to take us deeper into the bush through the mountains and across little streams. She explained that the farm, named La Pita, was a hacienda turned cooperative-comunity when the Patron (an american) took off during the war. The families have been on this land for generations, and were granted back ownership once the war was over. There are 286 ( if memory serves me correctly) people living in the community, all of which work together in the fields. Apart from coffee, there are fruits plants such as Pitaya and maracuya, which provide a little extra money apart from coffee production alone. All the coffee is fair trade and is the major source of income.
    We stayed with our guides family in a little dirt floored hut.If we were looking for triple tall, non-fat caramel machiatos, sans-whip.. this was not the place to come.  I felt good about our choice of acomodation since this money is put towards continuing to keep the community afloat as the coffee markets are extremely competitive. So instead of fueling a capital driven hotel, we fed 286 mouths.
    After a night, we trekked back down to Matagalpa where we hung out in the mountains. What a great feel this place has.. even though it was the main site of the fighting. 

    As far as work is concerned, nothing too much to report. I have been seeing lots of kids who have had machete accidents, which arent too pretty, but fairly easy to repair. Again, more babies. 
The boys at the soccer school are always a nice balance to the day though, I get my fair share of sick and healthy kids, so it doesnt depress me too much. 
    Home life is fun! Unfortunately, we all got sick (minus Suzanna, but she must have a crazy good immune system). All of our symptoms are very similar to what they are stamping as H1N1... but no one died. We are all recovering slowly and are back to work this week. I am not going to look too into it, if it was Swine Flu, at least now I dont have to be vaccinated when I get back.

    This weekend we headed to Granada for the first time as a complete group. We had a BLAST! 
Not only did we dance until the wee hours of the mourning, but we went on a tour of the Isletas in Lake Nicaragua, which were formed by the volcanic eruption of Mombacho. They are these very cute little islands, and you can own one for the small price of $100,000US. Then all you need is a boat and a house. Sounds simple enough. Granada is starting to be one of my favorite cities for sure, its full of colonial history and architecture... definately going to be a repeatedly visited destination! Saturday was spent at the Leguna de Apoyo, a crater lake which is the temperature of a warm bathtub... dipped in the middle of a valley. The best part is that not a soul was here except for ourselves... and in beauty this divine, I do what all Vancouverites do.. get naked Wreck style. Ahh I love my life.
    
    
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Lindsay on

Sounds amazing!! That lake would be perfect right now! And machete wounds are easy to repair?? Ok, Dr. House.

gonbush
gonbush on

Anybody know how Rachelle is doing?She hasn't written anything in week!

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