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Trip Start Jan 19, 2008
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Trip End Jul 05, 2008


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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

A quick update on life in Nicaragua.

Life has been moving quickly, and I have been keeping busy. No surprise there. I only have one week left of preparation before my health fair. Things are going as well as they ever can in development work. I have, however, come across many minor setbacks so far. The most prominent is the simple lack of resources. Because the hospital doesn't have, for example, a computer, a screwdriver, a paper cutter or a copy machine, tasks that "should" take 5 minutes, end up taking hours. I definitely knew that would be an issue but now that crunch time is approaching, it would be nice to be able to make a copy without walking 6 or 7 blocks to the cyber, hoping their copier is working that day, waiting in line for 20 minutes, paying and walking back. Asi es la vida.

There are a few other problems. For example, some of the informal capacity building workshops haven't been happening, and I still don't have access to the room they promised for the lounge. Everything for the fair is right on track though, and I have faith everything else will fall into place.

My research is coming around. Still missing some information and definitely losing more of my sample than I had hoped to, but again, it will work out. Dr. Mayorga is still excited about it and thinks it will be a publishable paper.  We'll see. As long as I have something to give to my professor at Central, I'll be a happy girl.

This week a new group of interns arrived. I went to Managua with them on Saturday to go to Hipa and have some Mexican food. They seem like a really great group of people. One of the girls, Jolie, will be working at the hospital with me, and two others live in Ciudad Sandino too. However, as some people come, it means others are leaving. Serafina leaves Ciudad Sandino on Saturday, which is more than a little heartbreaking. She and I have spent quite a bit of time together recently, including trips to Masaya, Leon and the Middle East... or at least to the only Middle Eastern restaurant in Managua. That's the great thing about how this program is set up. I get to meet so many people in such a short amount of time, and because they are all coming and going at different times, it has allowed me to spend a significant amount of time getting to know each one while they're here.

Finally, you may have heard that tropical storm Alma ripped through Central America earlier this week. Some were calling it a hurricane, others a tropical storm. Either way, the Pacific Coast saw some pretty intense winds and rain. There was some flooding, roofs were taken off of houses, trees fell, some crops were destroyed, the usual tropical storm stuff. Here in Ciudad Sandino it definitely rained heavily for more than 24 hours straight and the wind was intense. That being said, I felt completely safe for the duration of the storm and there was little if any significant damage here. It was definitely a different kind of storm than we have in Michigan though, which was sort of neat.
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