The competition and congress ended the day before Thanksgiving so we stayed put in Managua to spend the holiday with an Embassy family. Noelle, Kelli and I were placed with Gary and Eve Clements who cooked a fabulous Thanksgiving day meal. Not only did we get the Thanksgiving favorites, but we got ricotta stuffed bell peppers, quinoa, and butternut squash. It was a lovely day filled with lots of wine and laughter.
The following day a group of 19 of us headed out to Laguna de Apoyo, which I know I mentioned during my training months because we used to hike down in to the crater and bathe in the crystal clear water on the weekends. Basically it's a crater of a dormant volcano that has filled with rain water over the years to create a lake and its absolutely beautiful. We rented a 6 bedroom open air house with a huge kitchen and beach with a private floating dock. We held the first annual Beer Olympics where we competed in our training town team from back in the day. The Nandasmo crew or Nandazy-survivors dressed for survival as we all know we had the roughest training town. With headlamps, duck tape, glow sticks, bandanas and swiss army knives we were set to take on our opponents in a series of 6 events. We walked away with the gold from flip-cup, surprise! We wore our crushed beer cans strung around our neck with pride!
Please excuse the flipped up shirts, but this was an event requirement since this is how grown Nica men cool themselves by exposing their huge protruding bellies in the heat of the day
Needless to say it was a great time! The rest of the weekend was pretty tranquilo. I taught a yoga class one morning and we cooked excellent meals. It was nice having some down time with a group of people that I have grown to love and truly respect. Us volunteers keep saying that its amazing how Peace Corps brings people together from all walks of life and many people that I may have never sought out back home are now great friends. To sum up the weekend, it was a great reward after a long school year of hard work with our kids.
I'm not going to lie, I was a tad bit upset that I missed the Latin American Surf invitational in Chinandega where our local ripper Holly Beck took 2nd place. I got to hear all about it when I got back which just contributed to my FOMO(Fear Of Missing Out). My puppy Sirena is starting to show personality and play a bit. The pups are almost a month old and you can see that she is definitely the runt of the litter, but maybe not such a bad thing since she is going to be a massive dog anyways. Check pics on Facebook.