Monday, July 15, 2013

Nicaragua-- July 2013

The "supplies" train has left the Omaha airport!

As Maia and I (Julie Delkamiller) prepared to leave for Nicaragua, we gathered materials and supplies for our two projects.  We had gum, books and games for the deaf students at the school-- Esceula de Sordos.  We also had thousands of copies of paper for the diplomado training in Leon July 22-26. 

When we got to the airport, we felt much like the person above.  We were so relieved for the numbers:  49.5 pounds;  50.0 pounds; 50.1 pounds

Whew!  Our checked baggage made the 50 pound limit-- albeit we left many more supplies at home for the next trip.  We still had a packed carry-on and Maia's backpack that must have weighed closer to 70 pounds.  Internally, I was broadcasting to everyone, "No, I don't need this much stuff!!  I travel much lighter!!  This is for the teachers and the students in Nicaragua." In Omaha, this looks way out of place but as soon as we arrive in Managua, everyone else in managing humongous suitcases.  Perhaps it is just understood that we are just the supplies train.  On our return trip, the suitcases will be much lighter with the pottery for sale, but still very cumbersome.

After barely sleeping, I was able to take an extremely warm shower with great water pressure.  It was a slice of heaven.  At breakfast, a woman approached me and asked where I was from.  When I told her, "Nebraska", she just breathed a sigh of relief.  :-)  Alisia and her friend Nikki are from Missouri and will be doing a photography workshop this week in and around Managua.  We had a great breakfast with them and continued to reassure them that the water was safe to drink in Managua and Leon.  We were on the same flight from Houston and this is a picture Alisia posted on Facebook-- it really was beautiful!

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