We´re now volunteers!
Hey and Happy Thanksgiving!
We have had a crazy last 2 weeks. We had the last of our training in Managua and then we swore in as volunteers. At our swearing in we got to shake the Ambassadors hand, and our host families were there and it was a pretty big deal. It was also at one of the fanciest hotels in Managua. Afterwards, we went on vacation to Granada for the weekend. The first night we were all tired so we went out to dinner and chilled at the hostel. The next day we went to the Isletas and basically went on a tour of the rich and famous of Granada. There are hundreds of these little islands and you get some dude on a boat to drive your around and look at the islands. There are some islands with restarants on them. It was pretty fun. That night we went to some fancy restaurant that was awesome and afterwards a cool bar where to danced and drank rum into the early morning hours. It was a great time. Then 5 of us had a slummer party in our room, because as always, Jeff and I get hooked up with the great rooms and while everyone else was staying in bunkbeds with 15 other people, we had our own private room and bathroom with 2 queen beds. So obviously, people were showering in our bathroom and staying in our room.
Anyways, afterwards we went back to Managua for a few days for the All Volunteer Conference and then Thanksgiving. The All Volunteer Conference is once a year where all volunteers in Nicaragua come to Managua and go to trainings for 2 days basically while staying at a super nice hotel with warm water and nice beds. The first night there was trivia and Jeff and 3 other guys ended up winning. The sports category was really hard but I think Jeff actually knew all of the answers as I´m sure that he has told you in emails. He was the only person that new the bonus question in the sports category. The second night there was a talent show and then following that, a dance party, obviously....
For Thanksgiving about 15 of us went to our APCD´s(boss) house for a vegetarian Thanksgiving, which was really good and we had a great time. Don´t knock the veggie Thanksgiving! We had all of the fixings and seriously it was really good. She is married to someone at the Embassy, so there house was awesome too. We arrived at our site today and will be here now for 2 years. However, when we got here our host family was not here, so we´re roaming around Chinandega right now waiting. But that is what has been new with us for the last 2 weeks. It was really sad leaving all of our new friends when you don´t know when you will see them again. But here we are, alone in a big city, and I guess we will make new friends! Will post pictures soon!