Nicaragua Part 3 and Final Thoughts

Day 6

This was mostly a travel day, we left our hotel and boarded busses to Rivas where we caught a ferry to the volcanic island of Ometepe.  It was beautiful!!

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This is the ferry arriving at Ometepe.

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The road to our resort – there were goats everywhere!
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We had lunch at the resort before our pig delivery to the families of Ometepe.

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Enjoying the sun and sand after our meal.

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Arriving at the village to meet the families.

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The pigs are already here.

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The gathering place.

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Handing out pigs – each family received a piglet with the goal of procreating the pigs and then passing along one of their piglets to other families.  Pay it forward!

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It was really noisy!

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All the families with their piglets.

2016 Nicaragua Mission Trip 769 We got back in time for the sunset!

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Group photo, almost all of us.

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Day 7

We went back to the village the next day to participate in the milk bank.  Each week volunteers serve the kids fresh milk!

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We also were able to provide each family with chicks.

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She was so excited!!

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We had some soccer balls to give away too.  He was having a hard time waiting…

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On our way to the ferry we had an hour and stopped at a local watering hole for a quick swim.

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Driving back to the docs I thought it was fun that the road takes us across the runway for the airport.
Driving over the airport runway

The ferry broke down and we had to wait until the next ferry.  So we explored the dockside town.  We found this cool church – St. Anns.

St. Anns Catholic ChurchThe view from the bell-tower.
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Selfie from the bell-tower.

Having fun in the bell tower Ferry ride back, relaxing on the deck!

Relaxing on the ferry ride back to Rivas

As the ferry left the dock we got to see the top of the volcano.  Most of the time clouds cover the mountain and views are limited.

Top of the volcano

Saying goodbye to some new friends!

Saying goodbye to new friends

Day 8

Time to head back to the states…  the airport was across the street from our hotel.

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Final Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Nicaragua.  I especially enjoyed learning about the food, culture and people.  My presentations were my favorite part – especially when I learned that the cook enjoyed the presentation so much she is inspired to create a wall mural representing the nutrition concepts we discussed!

I learned through my nutrition presentations that the struggles in Nicaragua are very similar to the struggles we have in the USA:

  • Eating enough fruits and vegetables,
  • Drinking plenty of fluids,
  • Getting enough exercise
  • Controlling portions

How do you do?