Hello my name is Bobbi and I’m El Lider del Dia.
Today’s events consisted of visiting El castillo del Cacao (the chocolate factory) and Cascada Blanca (a waterfall). Personally being a chocolate connoisseur, I was super excited to learn about the process of producing chocolate. My group and I absolutely loved tasting the more natural and healthier alternative of Nicaraguan chocolate. After today’s experience, I think I prefer Nicaraguan chocolate over our American brands such as Hershey’s, it’s much more authentic here.
After the tour of the factory, we visited the gorgeous waterfall and had lunch by the waterside. Beautiful foods and beautiful views are the perfect combination. Many of us indulged in the very affordable and very delicious, more natural flavor of Coca Cola with our lunch of grilled chicken or pasta. (I’ve noticed a large repetition of natural things in Nicaragua). As we walked behind the waterfall and the cool mist kissed our skin, many of us reached various states of bliss and tranquility. The group had multiple connections as a family at Cascada Blanca and the scenery helped to unite us so much more on this trip.
After leaving Cascada Blanca and making our way back to the hostel, many of us enjoyed a nice few hours out on the town. Some went shopping, others to do laundry, while some to simply just walk around the magnificent Matagalpa. Everyone made sure to return back to the hostel on time after our “Free Time” and with this, we made our trek to La Vita E Bella, an Italian restaurant. We devoured delicious Margherita (Cheese) Pizza, Meat Lover’s Pizza, and Veggie Pizza (my personal favorite) alongside a nice performance of “La Bamba” by the restaurant’s live band.
After a lovely fun-filled day with “Bobbi Bob” or BobbiWonka (as I’m known here in Matagalpa) it was time to make our final stop at the hostel to settle in for the night. Since we made it back home rather early before our nightly meeting, my fellow glimpsers and I had a lovely dance session (featured mostly by me) where we listened to music and jammed.
During our nightly meeting we reflected very well despite the day’s very lax events to the question of the day “Do you think it is possible to preserve natural areas while using them to create profits? What are the challenges?” We all thought it was possible and found it beneficial to be able to use natural areas as a way for profit, while also preserving its beauty. But, making sure people don’t abuse the power of the areas is challenging. As I passed the torch to the next day’s leader, Eryka, I thought to myself “Today was just a great day!” I was glad to see all of the Glimpsers having fun and enjoying each other’s company and finally reaping the benefits of all our hard work from this past week. I look forward to many more fun-filled days.