Hello Glimpse followers. My name is Michael Flicek. Today I was given the task as leader of the day, or for those who know Spanish “el lider del dia”. Given this responsibility, I am in charge of waking up fellow Glimpsers and making sure that they are cooperating and staying on task.
Waking up at 7am is always hard to do; however, Glimpsers are always excited to start the day. Instead of starting the day off with breakfast, we took a field trip to “La Casita” or “Little House”.
This miniature farm is ran by a man named David Thomson who is originally from Scotland, but moved to Nicaragua as a contractor. Full of wisdom, David shared with us his life story and how he began to develop his farm with its self-sustaining inventions. One highlight of his story was that he did not want to make “La Casita” a business, but a way of life. Looking at such a beautiful place, anyone will say that he definitely made it a way of not only his life, but others’ as well.
After a delicious morning breakfast of homemade chocolate, yogurt, honey, hot chocolate, and banana smoothies at “La Casita”, David took us on a tour of his finca (farm) and explained the significance of every tree and compost pile that was located there.
David accepting a gift from Global Glimpse to show our appreciation.
After a tour by David, we made our way to Buffett Estelí for lunch and quickly made our way back to the hostel to meet our tour guide, Jason, for the next field trip; this time, to the tabacalera or tobacco factory.
Nicaraguan cigars are very popular to the world. Currently Nicaragua has the 4 of the top 10 cigars including the top cigar in the world. The tour began with Jason showing us the drying process of the tobacco leaves, which everyone thought was probably the worst part because the smell was incredibly strong. Jason then took us through the boxing, painting, and illustrating process of the tobacco packaging. At the end of the tour, the group had more insight to the effects and processes of the tobacco industry and were also allowed to purchase gifts for the family.
After a tremendous day as an entrepreneur and tobacco worker, the group learned some valuable life lessons that will never be forgotten. Hopefully some day many of us will be able to create something extraordinary like David has done or star our own company with a mass production line. However it gets done, it is vitally important to remember where you come from and be passionate about what you do.