Cassie and I are back home, no we are not in Minnesota. However, after another 22 hours on the bus, traveling a similar distance of that between downtown Minneapolis and downtown Chicago (which only takes 7 hours on the Mega Bus) we are back in Managua. We enjoyed the time that we were able to spend with members of our team from Nicaragua and the larger MezzoAmerica MCC team. Together we spent time getting to know one another, hearing about each others work and also attending workshops which dealt with the current rise of violence in our area of the world and the recognized needs of our partners within this context.
We enjoyed visiting some of the local vendors as well as various cooperatives that are working together to sell products at a fair price.
We took a few boat rides on Lake Atitlan. We were fortunate to have a motor on most of them, however a lot of the locals work very hard to paddle across this beautiful lake. Also pictured above is part of the MCC Nicaragua team relaxing in between our sessions.
Lastly, Cassie and I visited Antigua for an extra day at the end of the trip. While there we enjoyed the historical buildings and ethnic food. Here Cassie is eating Indian for the first time in three months! It was delicious, or in Nica lingo “muy rico!”