Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Week Of Activities

Every week day we go to school in the morning from 8-12 (with a break at 10), and then we do activities in the afternoons. Here are the activities that we did this week:

On Monday we went to the other beach, Las Penitas. There were huge waves that came up onto the bar and got everybody wet! We were supposed to leave at 6:00, but that didn't exactly happen.... When it was 6:00 everyone was ready to get in the van and leave for Leon.... except the driver! We had no idea where he was. One of the owners of the bar let us use her cellphone because Ivan's was soaked and wasn't working.We couldn't get through to him so she drove in her pick up truck to go get him. After a couple of minutes she came back with the driver and he had been buying fish!

We tried to leave because it was already about 6:20 but when we were backing up in the parking lot, we hit a white truck! The driver got out and talked (and talked) with the other driver about what to do... and finally we left the beach! We got home at about 7:30. "mas o menos!"

Tuesday's activity was to go to the Museum of Myths and Legends, but the school went there last week and all of the other people had already been there, so Rafael(a teacher) took just us there. The museum was a prison during the revolution, so there was paintings of what you would have seen during the war throughout the whole museum.

 Outside of the museum there was a statue of a Guerilla throwing a bomb at a Somoza tank. There was also mosaics of different Nicaraguan  legends and myths. Inside of the museum there was a photograph of the Nicaraguan revolution and many other little rooms.    In the little rooms there were puppets and sculptures of the people and other things in the legend and myths.

On Thursday our school's activity was to climb Cerro Negro Volcano. We came back to the school at 2:00 and we left in a gray van.We were supposed to come home at 6:00. We had no problem getting to the main road that was paved but after that we got really lost! Our first mistake was at a little school and there was a sign to go to the right but of course no one in our van read the sign at all, so we went left! There were many forks and turns in the road and no one in the van new which way to go, so we just hoped luck was on our side. Also somewhere along the way we got a flat tire so we had to change it!

Finally we got to Cerro Negro Volcano but there were no signs telling us where to climb! We looked around but didn't find anything.We all got back in the van but the van wouldn't move so everyone got out and pushed the van until we could drive. We drove around a little more and finally realized that there was a sign back at the town that said go right so we went right and a guy  got in the car and told us which way to go.

We got to the volcano after 5:00 and the sun was going down already so we didn't climb but the rest of the school did and we didn't leave until about 7:20. We made a wrong turn and got stuck in the dark but managed to push the car and get to Leon at 8:30!!!

On Thursday we had a tour of Sutiava. The bus drooped us of in the middle of Sutiava and we walked around town. We went inside the main church  and looked around the city.We saw ruins of the first church that was built there by the Spanish.

Usually on Friday there are no activities but since we are new we had to do the tour of Leon because last Friday we went to he beach. Rafael took us around Leon, and we saw lots of murals and other interesting pieces of history. We saw a mural that showed he whole history of Nicaragua. We also saw the university that is the oldest in Leon and was founded in 1812. We walked to the place where four students at the university were assassinated. Hundreds of other students were also killed during the revolution because they were leaders against the government. There are also a lot of museums in Leon so we walked to an art gallery. In the art gallery were paintings of different things you might see in Leon and other things.

we'll add pictures later..

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