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1.5 and counting

19 January 2009 · 2 Comments

That is the average number of times per day I manage to bang my head, fall into a hole, and eat gallo pinto (rice and beans).

The people here are quite short and most of the homes are custom made with low doorways and adobe bricks. The combination of short people, custom houses, and me constantly walking with my head down has resulted in me uttering ´shit, that hurt´ many times. However, having my head down does not explain why I continually manage to fall into holes in the road or trip over very obvious rocks. One night, I managed to find a hole, turn around to see what had just happened to me, and then proptly walk (hard) into a barbed wire fence resulting in big scratches on my stomach, arm, and leg. I think either the gallo pinto is starting to effect me in ways I had not considered or I am just spending a bit too much time in ´La La Land´.

Last week we finished the Solar Energy / Culture class put on by Grupo Fenix. The class ended up being fairly disappointing and frustrating on a number of different levels. The class was divided into three basic parts – solar energy instruction, the culture of the community where we are staying, and activities outside the community. The community definitely bent over backward for us and the outside activities (day trips) were also really nice, but the solar energy part was more than a bit rough. From talking with other people, I think we ended up with just a bit of bad luck and/or timing as many other people have had many many good things to say about the group and Grupo Fenix. This week, we start the real volunteering. I still believe that working with the people at the solar center will be a really good experience and I am excited about this chapter of the journey. Even with all the bad from the week, I still built a small solar panel from scratch and helped with a very simple solar power installation at a home. That in itself I think is pretty cool.

Following the class, we spent a long weekend at the beach community of Las Piñitas, near Leon and adjacent to the beach that we were at a few weeks ago. Once again, the beach did not disappoint – lots of sun, sand, swimming, good food, long walks, few people, a number of naps, and a kayak trip into a wilderness preserve.

I tried to post some pictures, but finding an internet connection with decent speed to upload pictures is going to be a challenge. I will try again later this week.

Tags: Grupo Fenix · Nicaragua

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kevin Wilkinson // Jan 19, 2009 at 2:31

    Hi Bob,

    I made it home to the single digit weather in MA without any major snags, though American Airlines proved once again that they could care less about their clients–delays, gate changes, connecting flights too closely scheduled. But hey, I’m a GF graduate; We persevere!

    I’ve been enjoying your blog, and I like the snaps you’ve taken of your travels. I’ll check in from time to time to see how the work is going at the Solar Center. Good luck. My best to you, M, and the others.


  • 2 Dana // Jan 22, 2009 at 8:32

    Hey Bob, you just missed two weeks of 40 below followed by a couple days of 40 above, so you could just as well have gotten a scratched stomach form running around here in a Tshirt through some rose bushes. Good luck with everything!