Today we woke up at 6am to a $1 breakfast: gallo pinto and a dinner roll. Following that, we drove down a bumpy road to Comunidad Llano Grande, a rural community. There, we experienced life as locals. We were all welcomed with open arms. Once we walked into our host family’s home, we were immediately met with the smell of hand-made tortillas and burning wood. It was like a home away from home. We even learned how to shape the tortillas (we can make it at home for you guys now)! There we explored their land and met all their animals: two dogs, a cat, a pig, the neighbor’s cow, and a bunch of chickens. We got pretty good at crawling through barbed wires. Julia, one of the daughters, bonded with us by painting and designing our nails.
We thought this was completely different from anything that we have seen so far. They were happy with the littlest things. It was really eye-opening for all of us, and made us realize that we should appreciate every little thing we have in life.
Other people were paired with families that had children and many kittens. Everyone bonded with their families one way or another. After having lunch with the families, everyone gathered together to watch children, including ourselves, chase a chicken and hit a pinata. Sadly, only the children got to hit the pinata 🙁 By the end of the experience, we all felt like we were part of our host families.
After getting back to the hostel, we had a quick discussion with Norman, a Hope Project representative, about the projects we will complete for Sor Maria school we visited a couple days ago. After the meeting, we had an hour to relax (no snacks or shopping to continue living like a local) before dinner which was gallo pinto and a bigger dinner roll (yay!).
After a two day break, we returned to Universidad San Luis for English tutoring which went really well for everyone. When we got back to the hostel, we had our nightly meeting to crown our dear Ellis as Miss Matagalpa (Leader of the Day).
Hasta la vista, fam!