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    [post_content] => Hidden Gems

As i sit and reflect here at the cascada (waterfall), the first things that comes to mind are hidden gems. I am thinking of hidden gems because the cascada is a hidden gem itself. It is a beautiful, green, pocket of flora and water surrounded by miles and miles of still beautiful, but dry and barren hills and valleys. This contrast makes me think of the hidden beauties and oasises that someone can find in the world.

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Nicaragua itself, is a gem in that way. Nicaragua is not the most tourist-inclined country in Central America. It can also be said, that Nicaragua is not one of the most well known and understood countries in South America. Sadly, to many Americans today, Nicaragua remains largely unimportant.

My time in Nicaragua has allowed me to see that Nicaragua has so much to offer. From its beautiful and tropical beaches, to its monsoon-weather bearing interior, Nicaragua brings much to the table.

Nicaragua has a rich history that greatly influences the country today, and directly affects the culture and lifestyles of many Nicaraguans. The "hidden gem" of Central America, Nicragua is both awe inspiring, and comforting.
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Hidden Gems

Lawrence Hunter,Nicaragua Haverford

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Hidden Gems As i sit and reflect here at the cascada (waterfall), the first things that comes to mind are hidden gems. I am thinking of hidden gems because the cascada is a hidden gem itself. It is a beautiful, green, pocket of flora and water surrounded by miles and miles of still beautiful, but […]

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03/27/15

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Lawrence Hunter

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    [post_content] => In Nicaragua, just having fun,

drinking batidos and chillin in the sun.

 

No WiFi and no internet access

but learning Spanish, on another world axis.

 

Wakeing up early and eating foreign cuisine,

every meal come with the rice and the bean!

 

Every footstep is another pile of sand,

playing cards all day, who got the best hand?

 

Class in the afternoon, class in the morning,

and we're loving our classes...

…Nawwww, they not boring!

 

 

 
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A Poem

The Whole Group of Us,Nicaragua Haverford

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In Nicaragua, just having fun, drinking batidos and chillin in the sun.   No WiFi and no internet access but learning Spanish, on another world axis.   Wakeing up early and eating foreign cuisine, every meal come with the rice and the bean!   Every footstep is another pile of sand, playing cards all day, […]

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03/25/15

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The Whole Group of Us

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    [post_content] => In every city there are areas of privilege and areas where pivilege is harder to come by. Coming to these small towns in Nicaragua and seeing communities that are not nearly as developed as the mainline and rest of the United States, really makes you think about how privileged we are. Even something as simple as the privacy of your own bathroom is something that you will not find here. But while saying that this area is less developed and lacks many technological advances, does not mean that there is a lack in a sense of community. For example, even with the tools they work with (oxen pulling plows in the fields), the members of the communtiy manage to get three seasons worth of crops in. And all that food does not go to the individual families that grow them, the crops get distributed amongst the families hoping that each family will do their best to pull their own weight. Having said this, I´m not saying that there is a greater sense of community here rather than back home, but Im saying that they are similar in different ways.

One night at dinner we were having a conversation about this topic and another student said, “the mainline has no where near the sense of community as the city does,” and having not ever lived in the city I asked for an example. to which he replied, “in the city there is not as much wealth as the mainline so people are more willing to share their resources. For example, every once in awhile someone will have a block party. At these parties anyone along the block is welcome even if they are a stranger to the family having the party.” Hearing this it seemed that he was saying that people with more wealth are more selfish about their goods and therefore keep to themselves. But it also made me think about what I have, and seeing these communities in Nicaragua really made me think about how privileged I am but it never made me change my idea about my sense of community back home. Not living in the city or the mainline, but more similar to the mainline, my community may not have “block parties” or the circumstances where I have to pull my own weight, but this does not mean that there is a lack of a sense of community. I think the idea of the “sense of community” spawns from the people and the circumstances of that particular community and the “sense of a community” will differ from more wealthy areas to less wealthier areas.
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Privilege & Community

James Miller,Nicaragua Haverford

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03/24/15

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James Miller

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    [post_content] => Dear Parents,

It is our second day in El Lagartillo, and I find myself sitting on a rock at "El Punto" as the locals call it, which is the only point in town high enough to get any sort of cellular service. Thankfully Dragons funished us with a mobile modem so we can get online to keep you updated.

Where to start? I reckon you all saw the pictures your sons posted after their Scavenger Hunt in Estelí. For us city boys being there was a great way to compare what a Central American and a North American city looks, sounds, smells, and feels like, In addition, some really great stories came out of that activity, so I hope your sons will be sharing those with you when they get home (suffice to say that they went above and beyond communicating with locals, and using their Spanish in the process).

Yesterday  we regreftully said goodbye to La Garnacha, where we had our orientation, and learned a couple things about sustainability and small communities supporting themselves. After an exhilarating ride, we got to Estelí where we had the aforementioned Scavenger Hunt, and then Headed to El Lagartillo, where the boys met their host families first thing. After that we went on a walking tour of the town, where we learned about the incredible history behind this amazing community. I will let the boys speak for themselves about their experience with the host families, but I would say that so far it has been a learning experience as much as a walk out of their comfort zone.

This morning everyone seemed in very good spirits, and perhaps more importantly, in good health. As we all get more comfortable with our surroundings and try to take in and make sense of everything that is new, Dhyana and I are keeping a very close eyes on your sons, and giving them the opportunity to express their impressions and their feellings about this experience. So far I have been nothing but impressed with your sons' thoughtfunlness, insightfulness, open-mindedness, and respect. After a full schedule today and yesterday, I hope to be able to give them some time soon to jot their thoughts down, so you can hear from them directly  on this board soon.

As I peer out into the distance, surrounded by rolling hills, and by the sights and sounds of the lands of volcanoes and lakes, I feel grateful that I can share this experience with your sons and look forward to bringing it back into our Haverford community.

Saludos,

Javier Lluch
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Update from El Lagartillo

Javier Lluch,Nicaragua Haverford

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Dear Parents, It is our second day in El Lagartillo, and I find myself sitting on a rock at “El Punto” as the locals call it, which is the only point in town high enough to get any sort of cellular service. Thankfully Dragons funished us with a mobile modem so we can get online […]

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03/22/15

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Javier Lluch

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    [post_content] => Estamos en el ciber café en el ciudad de Esteli. Este es el último actividad en el scavenger hunt. Anoche nos encontramos las familias.
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Esteli Scavanger Hunt

James Miller, Ben Stallworth, Micheal Feng,Nicaragua Haverford

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Estamos en el ciber café en el ciudad de Esteli. Este es el último actividad en el scavenger hunt. Anoche nos encontramos las familias.

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03/21/15

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James Miller, Ben Stallworth, Micheal Feng

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    [post_content] => During our scavenger hunt, we were in search of murals of a revered Nicaraguan martyr, Sandino. We walked into a store and asked the vender if she knew where we could find murals of him. She kindly told us where we could find them, and even offered to show us exactly where they were. After taking pictures of all of them, we asked her for a group photo, and thanked her for her generous help.
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Scavenger Hunt Part 2. Gibbs-Brown, Hunter, Abrahams

Lawrence Hunter,Nicaragua Haverford

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During our scavenger hunt, we were in search of murals of a revered Nicaraguan martyr, Sandino. We walked into a store and asked the vender if she knew where we could find murals of him. She kindly told us where we could find them, and even offered to show us exactly where they were. After […]

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03/21/15

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Lawrence Hunter

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First Sun

Lawrence Hunter,Nicaragua Haverford

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I woke up early this morning at about 5:35 or so, and I noticed that I managed to wake up at sunrise. Troy was also up and pulled out his camera to take pics of the sunrise. So we both spent some time taking pictures, and appreciating the view from our room.  

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03/20/15

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Lawrence Hunter

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Group picture – after breakfast

Javier Lluch Latorre ,Nicaragua Haverford

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03/20/15

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Javier Lluch Latorre

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    [post_content] => Dear Parents,

All is well! Your sons have arrived to Managua. We're sitting around the table after dinner having some laughs. They wanted me to let you know they've escaped the snow. I believe it was phrased like this: "Have fun shoveling while we're swimming in a crater lake!"

Tomorrow our adventures begin. While we'll be heading North away from the capital to more rural areas where internet will be scarce, please stay tuned to the yak board for further updates. We'll write whenever we can.
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Arrival to Managua

dhyana,Nicaragua Haverford

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Dear Parents, All is well! Your sons have arrived to Managua. We’re sitting around the table after dinner having some laughs. They wanted me to let you know they’ve escaped the snow. I believe it was phrased like this: “Have fun shoveling while we’re swimming in a crater lake!” Tomorrow our adventures begin. While we’ll […]

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03/20/15

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dhyana

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    [post_content] => Saludos and hellos, and bienvenidos, to the seven of you who will join me today  in Nicaragua.

Ah, where to begin…perhaps I should begin by telling you of this country I call home, because it has been that to me for half my lifetime; but you will soon be met with the unbreakable spirit of this nation yourselves, perhaps no explanation is necessary.

Perhaps then, I should tell you that Nicaragua is a place students have experienced as having an unmistakable sense of pride emanating from its people. But many of this country’s stories are not mine to tell, when you get here you’ll find this land and its people speak well for themselves, and we have only to listen.

Stories are important; even our own. Perhaps I should start with me then, with my story, which begins with a girl who started out, not exactly in any of Nicaragua’s jungles, but instead in New York’s. Now the New York of the 80’s, the one I knew, is scarcely the one we know today—any more than Nicaragua in the 90’s, at the time of my arrival, resembles the Nicaragua you will encounter today; and yet I come to the realization again and again, that it is not only a place which changes us, nor a specific time in history that provides just the circumstances for a new process of thinking. Instead it is a disorientation from what we know.

As a young girl who’d been to school in New York I already knew about getting ahead, about comparing results and sorting people into winners and losers. I knew a lot about difference, how it feels and how it becomes glaring. Upon my arrival to Nicaragua at around your age, I had no other choice but to entirely renounce my place in such a pecking order. I knew nothing, I could do nothing but question. And there it began. There was a natural disorder, a certain amount of chaos, as there is in any busy workshop. But a deeper discipline was at work, the discipline of doing things and learning through life, an appreciation of knowledge as something that can be pooled and traded at little or no cost. Unlike commodities, when knowledge is shared, no one has any less of it.

I can identify it now, that it was precisely in the midst of this informal unlearning, the unlearning of disconnectedness as a way of life, that my education happened. (Okay, well if I’m to be honest, it took more travel, Columbia University, and several degrees in Education and Development for me to be able to accept that that was when it actually happened. I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that one travels far to find what is near!)

Imagination, curiosity, and questioning would’ve been there for me all the time, anywhere, streets of New York or streets of Nicaragua; how we discover and dismantle the distorted masks we all look through is the question. Where do we begin to ask how we might engage and enlarge our lives. Where do we begin to get an education, of the kind that demands we confront ourselves, come to terms with our notions of the good life, try to comprehend, apprehend, or possibly even transform the places and the times which have shaped us.

This is what’s at the core of what I’ve wanted to share with you, be it here in Nicaragua or anywhere, it’s this, creating this hope: That we do not know what comes next. History is still in-the-making. Each of us a work-in-progress. The future entirely unknown and unknowable.

I’m so glad for the opportunity to work with you. I thank you, because a step towards the unknown will be taken just by your coming here. Nicaragua’s history of rebellion and continuing struggle against injustice instills both heartbreak and hope. I assure you, this is a country gets in you and stays with you, something irreversible…and holds an open invitation to the unknown.

Welcome to the Land of Lakes and Volcanos! Nicaragua invites you to NOT know what comes next, and so do I.
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The Land of Lakes and Volcanos and I

Dhyana Kuhl Gonzalez,Nicaragua Haverford

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Saludos and hellos, and bienvenidos, to the seven of you who will join me today  in Nicaragua. Ah, where to begin…perhaps I should begin by telling you of this country I call home, because it has been that to me for half my lifetime; but you will soon be met with the unbreakable spirit of […]

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Dhyana Kuhl Gonzalez

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