Hello family and friends! I’d just like to start off saying that today was definitely one of the most enjoyable days of my life, and I’m very excited to share it with all of you.
To start off the day, we got up at seven and then headed to el comedor at eight, where we had nacatamales and bread for breakfast. Afterwards, we came back to the hostel to change into our swimsuits (which gives you a general idea of part of today’s itinerary) and pack for our upcoming activities. After exchanging our American dollars for Córdobas so that later in the day we could pick up some of the best souvenirs we could find for you all, we departed on our travel to La Laguna de Apoyo.
We arrived at La Laguna around ten and were amazed to see the lagoon-front hostel at which we were staying for half the day. La Laguna, a breathtaking crater lake, is a popular resort among the locals. We had two reserved cabanas where we could leave our belongings, but we also had access to the many tables, bar (no alcoholic beverages, of course!), hammocks, dock, and of course, the lagoon! We all enjoyed spending a couple of hours swimming, relaxing, and soaking up the sun, during which Kevin’s GoPro unfortunately sank 40 feet in the water but was also heroically rescued by a nearby free diver. We ate various meals for lunch that we had preordered, and after reapplying sunblock and waiting to digest (I stressed these things as I took on a “mom” role for the day) we continued our swimming and lounging around. We were all having a fun time, even our bus driver, who also had a grand time splashing around in the water and having a couple of glimpsers take pictures for him. Time went by very quickly and we were disappointed to have to leave the beautiful and breathtaking Laguna. Luckily, we had another fun activity in store for us…
After piling onto our bus, we headed to La Catarina, a tourist spot that sits atop the crater. We took in the gorgeous landscape of La Laguna, Granada, and Lake Nicaragua, then walked around and looked through the many shops for souvenirs that we’ll be bringing home! After an hour, we headed back to the hostel, then immediately went to dinner at el comedor. We had tasty plantain and cheese empanadas, gallo pinto, and salad, and a rehydrating electrolyte drink that I might as well say most of us didn’t really enjoy. But hey, electrolytes replenished, right? We came back to have a heavy “Living on $1 a day” seminar to prepare for tomorrow’s activity, and were given a glimpse of the lives of people less fortunate than ourselves. We finished our day with the nightly meeting, where I passed the torch to Kevin and Truong, who I know will be a great dynamic duo for our lìderes del dìa tomorrow. Although we were all exhausted by the end of the night much much earlier than normal, we had a great Sunday Funday filled with positive vibes, laughter, and the smiles that I enjoy seeing from everyone every day.
Big love to everyone back home, we miss you and thank you for keeping up with our posts and sending us lots of love!