Dearest friends and family,
If 2014 will be remembered as a year of adventure for joining the Peace Corps, 2015 will be remembered in our family as a year of anything and everything Nicaragua. We spent the entire year living abroad, working with teachers and community members, learning a new language and new ways of living, as well as trying to build bridges between our cultures.
As the year comes to a close, we enjoy looking back at how far we’ve come. A year ago, everything was new, strange, and well….foreign. Over the year, though, things changed. Andrew likes to say we are Gringo Pinoleros – a combination of our identity with a Nicaraguan national saying of pride. Every day it’s a bit more true. We’ve mastered some slang, set intentions and lived into them, accomplished some incredible feats, and made great friends in our PCV and Nicaraguan communities.
Slowly but surely, Nicaragua has become one of our homes and part of our hearts.
We continue to be thankful for the love and support of all of you. We are proud of the work we are doing here and know that on some level it is making a difference. It is still an honor to be serving our country and soaking up all the lessons this adventure has to offer. Thank you for reading the stories on our blog, for Skype, Facetime, and Facebook chats and messages, and for the hand-written cards and packages. Know we miss you but feel your support from afar.
May your holiday season be filled with love and light. May you embrace the adventures and life lessons that surround you as we try to do the same here.
Feliz navidad y prospero año nuevo.
Emily and Andrew