My internet connection is spotty and slow, but I wanted to send a quick hello to you all. Thank you for all your love and support as I was getting ready to leave – now that I am here, it is obvious that this is and was the right decision for myself. I am in love with my life. Yes, there are hard days, but it is so beautiful.
I made if safe and sound to Nicaragua with my group of fellow Peace Corps Trainees and we are living the hectic life of training – Spanish classes, cultural lessons, host family stays, technical training, and lots of homework.
The town I´m in for training is absolutely beautiful. There are four of us trainees here, since we are about the same language levels, and we take classes in each other´s houses from language instructors five days a week. There is an amazing old church really close to my house that holds beautiful services all throughout the week, and sets off fireworks about every 2 hours (not even kidding – they go on throughout the night), as well as multiple times during each service.
I live in a beautiful, old, traditional style hacienda, with and amazingly welcoming and hilarious host family. I have my own little room that is as cozy as can be. Yes, there are bats pooping on my head at night (thank goodness for mosquito nets that catch most of it!), cockroaches in my shoes, and a screaming baby next door, but I wouldn´t trade this experience for anything.
Our technical training is intensive, but amazing. It is as if I handpicked the subjects I am most interested in and get to take classes just on that. So far, we´ve had sessions on economic development here in Nicaragua, dengue and malaria (you know I love myself some infectious diseases!), food security, cultural norms, political and economic history of nicaragua, and more.
While I have tons of stories to share, I will let this be all for now. I´m working on trying to get an internet modem, so hopefully will be able to post more soon. But I´m also loving not having constant access to all things web-related, so who knows 🙂
Miss you all!