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La aventura nos aguarda

We had the most beautiful Valentine’s Day yesterday. We curled up last night with some apples and cheese, some dark chocolate sea-salt caramels (that Andrew brought us back from the states just over a week ago), and a wonderful movie. I’ve always loved UP, but last night took it to a whole new level:

South America Travels

We spent Valentine’s Day planning parts of our 3 month after PC travel – half of which we’ll be backpacking through South America. The only “for sure” we have in our trip thus far is a flight from Buenos Aries to Portland, ME on April 13-15th. Our current itinerary (which could still change as we travel) may include Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, and finally Argentina. From hiking in the Andes to boating in the Amazon, we’ve got plenty to explore. And while we won’t be making it to Angel Falls like Carl and Russell (things are a little tricky in Venezuela right now), I couldn’t help but feel like a giddy little kid thinking about all of the adventures we’re about to have in South America, “a land lost in time”….

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Possible bilingual futures

I’d never watched Up before in Spanish, but we did last night. Doing so with such ease reminded me that while I may have had some ups and downs with my Spanish over the course of our service, I’m extremely proud of the progress I’ve made. We’re even looking at potential bilingual jobs for this fall. (Example: I found a 7/8th Science teacher position that would be taught completely in Spanish immersion.) Depending on our final language interviews next week, we could be pretty competitive for those positions and have the internationally accredited certificate to prove it.

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Goodbyes right around the corner

I usually cry during Up, but last night I sobbed. Ellie’s funeral scene just cut me to the core. Not only has Peace Corps brought Andrew and I closer than ever and strengthened our relationship, we have so many family extensions down here now, some of whom are older and might not be here when we return. We have 13 days left as Peace Corps Volunteers. I’m not ready to say goodbye, but the time has come. I’m going to cry so much.

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Filling our book

We’ll be arriving at the Portland, ME airport around midnight Fri. evening/Sat. morning of the 14/15th of April. We’ll start our re-adjustment and re-entry to the United States with my sister and a good college friend up north before starting our trek across the states. We’re planning to attend two of our brothers’ graduations, visit Midwest family and friends before heading out to the PNW. We’ve got a couple weddings and summer camps to attend as well. We may be adventuring for a bit in South America, but afterwards we’re coming back home, and spending time with the loved ones we’ve so dearly missed. It’s family and friends, after all, that fill our adventure book with the most important moments, memories, and love.

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¡La aventura nos aguarda! / Adventure is out there!

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National Treasures – The 50 Córdoba Bill

This is a post in our series On Culture and Currency: History Lessons in the Palms of our Hands.

Cañón de Somoto

Cañón de Somoto
Cañón de Somoto

The Somoto Canyon is one of the true treasures of Nicaragua. Only recently has this natural wonder been utilized as an eco-tourism destination, so it still feels off the beaten path. In the department of Madríz, in the northern most section of the country, the Rio Coco has formed this beautiful feature. When my sister, Kari, came to visit last year, Continue reading National Treasures – The 50 Córdoba Bill

Soggy Smiles for Fiestas Patrias

We might have been drenched after standing in the rain while we waited for the fiestas patrias parades to start, but we loved getting to be with teacher friends, share in the soggy silliness with our students, and to represent our school with gringo pinolero pride. 

English Singing and Not Yet Goodbye

English Singing Competition

We had the honor of helping with the annual municipal (county) English Singing festival this past week.  Over 20 schools sent their best English singers to compete for the chance to represent us at the departmental (state) level, and maybe on to the national competition.  We’re super excited that our high school, Guillermo Cano, won!

Irela, the English tecnica for the Ministry of Education, one of our dear friends and such a hard worker, was the muscle behind the whole event.  She surprised us with framed certificates and almost cried as she told the crowd she’s going to miss us so much next year. We’re not ready to say goodbye yet, but it was a touching reminder that it won’t be easy when the time comes.

Miraflor VAC Meeting

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Twice a year, Peace Corps has VAC (Volunteer Advisory Counsel) meetings.  They used to be the way information got to volunteers, before cell phones and internet reached even the most rural of areas.  Now, they’re a great reason to get the volunteers of a region together to get in-person updates and just spend some needed time together.  For our VAC meeting last weekend, the Estelí volunteers went up in the mountains of the Miraflor reserve, enjoyed the cool air, rain, and the company of good friends.  Can you spot the never-cold Norwegian?  [photo cred to David Schmidt / Khalan Boyer]

#SeeYouIn2…3

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It’s crazy to think that in this throwback from two years ago, we were in Washington DC for staging, right at the start of our Peace Corps adventure.  To the chagrin of friends and family back home, it probably should have said #SeeYouIn3.

Nica 64 COS Conference

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It’s hard to believe that our Close of Service Conference is here! While Andrew and I are extending until next March, our TEFL64 compañer@s are getting ready to head their separate ways. This community has been through a lot together. I’m thankful for our collective treasure trove of stories and that each of them will forever understand why this beautiful land of lakes and volcanoes is so dear to our hearts.  As some of our group begins to leave this week, we’re thankful that we still have 7 months to work towards our goals and spend time with the people who have become part of our family.