For culture day we were expected to put together a dance performance for the INEP dance class. We spent our free time the night before practicing our group dance. We put in hard work, sweat (we can water plants with our combined perspiration), and blood (lots of mosquitos) into our 20 second dance.
On culture day we walked to INEP High School and there we meet the dance teacher (The Cutie).The Cutie taught us a bit of cha-cha, salsa, and samba. Then we all got to watch a dance battle between Justin and a Nica student. Even though no words were exchanged we were able to bond with the Nica students through dance and music. Despite the language barrier we were able to communicate and find out that we had a lot more in common than we thought.
In the afternoon a group of women from rural Nicaragua came and taught everyone how to make traditional bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and keychains using beads that can found around Nicaragua. It was a lot of fun because many of us were able to make and buy things for our loved ones at back home.
We ended our day dinning out at the cultural center and listening to a concert. Even though we live thousands of miles away from the Nicaraguans at the end of the day we are the same. We all love to dance, listen to music, and eat great food. The wall between us and the Nicaraguans seemed to disappear.