Hi Friends and Family,
It is Mikayla, today’s LDD here. Disclaimer: Since I was unable to be with every group today, there are some details in here that I heard so they may or may not be true.
Mmkay my turn!!! So today was free day #2 and this time the glimpsers went solo…well as solo as groups of four allows. So we actually got to wake up at 8 this morning but most of us were up at around 7:30ish because well that’s what we are now used to (don’t worry once we get back we will be sleeping till noon again). The cooks seem to be getting us ready to leave because we got pancakes for breakfast. After breakfast everyone couldn’t wait to leave the hostel so the groups were off and the Belkis Boys (hope Resha explained that) were off as well. For most people it was souvenir day and we definitely got some very interesting souvenirs. Mia got some bowls and a sombrero… a mini one. Anya and Vivian were basic and just got Tusa and toys. A lot of people went to the internet café and called home or used the technology we’ve been deprived of… sorry to any parents who didn’t get calls… Anyway, everyone came back to the hostel for lunch and were excited to go out for round 2.
Round 2 had larger groups with some going with Belkis to her house and jewelry stores (I hear she drives a mean bargain) and others just running all over Estelí. I have more experience with the running all over town group but I heard Belkis got great deals and is an awesome tour guide. The other group walked all the way to a “great” mall. I swear I thought we were lost…I mean we walked by a guy selling a pig… but we got there together. We got there and there was barely anything or anyone inside. There was a food court and boy did we have fun there. We really are big kids because we saw a carousel and everyone was so excited to go on. No one cared that all of the workers were staring at us probably thinking “Wow they are such tourists”. After the carousel and the guys spending 50 Córdobas on a claw machine….that they lost… we went back to town square and ran all over Estelí to finish our shopping. It was actually a really good bonding day. New people in new groups and from what I hear everyone had a blast. It was a really great day as we start ending our trip. I think some people will be very entertained by some of the souvenirs being brought back. Tomorrow we wrap up our trip with our reflection day and you will be hearing from Vivian.
See everyone in a couple days. Don’t forget your kid at SFO international at 12:30 on technically Friday….
PS: Sorry for the lack of photos but my camera doesn’t connect and so our photo of the night is me writing the blog 😀
Thank you for the update Mikayla! You are not alone in the pic two of your friends pulled one on you!
Well it be nice if you guys continue morning routine 🙂
Tejas, Hope you had a grand day collecting souvenirs
Glad everyone had great time!
Stay safe and have fun. See you all in couple of days.
Sounds like everyone had fun today in Esteli and I can’t believe there are only 2 days left. I can’t wait to see Alison and everyone soon but I have to admit that I will miss the nightly blogs. You all did a terrific job reporting back your day activities. In every post, everyone sounded strong and stayed positive for each other, which is very admirable. The hardship that you saw first hand, the lessons that you have learned and the friendship that you made on this trip will last a lifetime. All of you Glimpsers have been awesome!! Enjoy the rest of the trip! Stay safe!
How are you doing getting up later? You always woke up so early here for school. I hope you had fun on your free day and took lots of pictures! Can’t wait to hear all about your trip! I had the place to myself tonight. Wasn’t quite sure what to do so I went shopping at 10pm. I tried to stock up on some of your favorite foods. We can get anything I missed on Friday.
Gena says “Hi” from Lea’s. She got some water in her ear so she couldn’t go swimming today. 🙁
Ok! Most entertaining wrtieup yet!! Sounds like you guys had a blast! Am so glad there was ample time allotted to building relationships and enjoying the town! We are all looking forward to having all of you home soon! We won’t forget to pick you up! It’s still scorching hot in San Ramon!
Sounds like a great shopping day. Vivian, if no room in your suitcase, leave the bulky aerosol sprays behind. Dirty clothes, stinky shoes…, no need to bring them home. Kids are planning a welcome home party for you. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts about the trip through your blog tomorrow.
Thanks for the blog Makayla. A well deserved day off for shopping and having fun.
Resha- It was great hearing your voice for couple of minutes. We landed at SFO couple of minutes back and are on our way home. Back to work and normal routine from today. Looking forward to your return and hearing all your amazing stories.
Love you! – Mama
Sounds like you all had a great, fun-filled free day in Esteli.
Kenna, it was great to hear your voice today. Less than 48-hours to go! We can’t wait to see you. We miss you so much! We have dinner plans for Saturday night, so invite Bri. Looking forward to hearing all about your trip.
What a fun day, in an “Amazing Race” sort of way. Can’t wait to see the loot you’re bringing back, I have a sneaky suspicion that your souvenirs will be wrapped in a bit of mischief, Mikayla. ?
We’re all super excited for your return and I can’t wait to hear more about the adventures.
Hope you had fun and enjoyed your “free day.”
Oppa was so happy to hear your voice! Everyone is looking forward to you coming home! (I am still in Australia so I won’t see you until Saturday.) Catch up on your sleep when you get home and then we can stay up late talking! ? I can’t wait to hear all about your trip!
Looks like a good day off. Enjoy the last few days in Nicaragua without the electronics. Its an unique collaboration to build long term friendships.
Rishi, see you at the airport. Call or Text me once you can get a chance.
Sounds so fun!
Jessica, you made it to the final stretch!:)
sorry about the calls…my phone literally has a problem ringing. I’m trying to watch it as best I can
We will see each other soon and I’m excited to hear about everything you have done:) Stay safe and have fun!
Sounds like you had another amazing day in Esteli!! It was so great talking to you today, I’ve missed you so so much!! Can’t wait to bool when you get back.
ALSO, TAYLOR SWIFT RELEASED ALL OF HER MUSIC ON SPOTIFY. Just thought you would want to know.
A MONEY!!! ❤️❤️❤️ I just got back from Ecuador yesterday and I have been missing you this whole time. Come home asap and tell me everything about your trip. Can’t wait to do more stupid things together this summer. Love you girl?
I miss you sooooooo much I can’t wait to hang out with you when you come back and be godly!!! I can’t wait for you to tell me about your trip and for us to listen to our playlist in the car!! Hope your having an amazing time and I’ll see you soon!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️
Thanks Mikayla, sound like a fun filled day with lots of goofiness all around! Well deserved break for all of you!
I was so thrilled to hear your voice today!! We will be there tomorrow to pick you up and yes with ? ?
Your trip sounds super interesting. Shopping sounds super fun! You should get me a souvenir lol something super cool!
I’m watching despicable me rn and the minions hella remind me of you. Make sure you stay safe and come back soon!
You better have used your time to get me something good!! I didn’t get you that BB robe for nothing 😉 Just one more day!!! I can not wait for you to return home so we can hang out, maybe play some MK and watch your favorite movie, A Bug’s Life!! Have a great last day and flight, you’ll be home before you know it!
The entire adventure has been amazing. Your team has made a great impact on the people of Esteli and they have done the same to you.
Alison, We can’t wait to hear more when you return.
Love, Dada, Mama, Jocelyn and Brycen
Nice job on the blog Mikayla! I’m soooo glad you all have had such an enriching and fun time but will be very happy to have you all back!!! Looking forward to hearing all the unabridged stories and seeing more pictures – hopefully??
Anya – there will be a full house waiting for you in your return:-)! Can hardly wait!!
Hi Makenna, thank you for calling me on your day off today. It was nice to hear your voice. We all miss you and can’t wait to see you. P.S your in and out burger is waiting for you over here, lol. Love and miss you =)