OPENING CEREMONY AND LAGUNA DE APOYO
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Last week was a full-on one but a goodie nonetheless. I'm getting into the routine of teaching one-on-one in the mornings, helping children in the first grade who are behind - some of them don't know the alphabet yet (they're aged 8-12) but we're working on that :)
In the afternoons I go out to help at the new school San Ignacio, and this Friday we had a special ceremony to officially open the school. This community has fought hard to get a school in there area, and it was largely funded by a tiny village of 150 people in England - two of whom were present on the day. Our kids more or less behaved so that was good too! We got them to sing a song - the Spanish equivalent of "are you sleeping brother john" - the last verse is a little interesting…
Nuestra sangre roja es - Our blood is red
Ella nos da vida - It gives us life
Ding dong dang - Ding dong dang
Last weekend Johnny, a Belgian friend Kris and I went to a beautiful lagoon called Laguna de Apoyo. It was once a volcanic crater but is now a pristine, turquoise lake surrounded by unspoiled jungle - so peaceful - just the birds and howler monkeys to be heard. We had a lovely day lounging in tubes and kayaking across the lake, and at night we sat on the deck and watched a spectacular lightening storm! Oh, and as we were sitting on the deck the Black Seeds came on over the stereo - a Canadian guy had got their album from somewhere and put it on - we were delighted.
The next morning Johnny and I ventured into the jungle towards a lookout point called Catarina. But our friendly hostess at the backpackers wasn't sure whether the walk was a 3-hour or 6-hour round trip. We decided to cut our losses after one hour and headed home, satisfied we'd ventured off the beaten path without being bitten by fire ants or a snake.
Hope you're all well!! Hasta pronto.