Some trips are harder than others. This one was really trying. I mean, look at the conditions we had to deal with all week.
But seriously, everyday was so hot I thought I was going to evaporate. It was not really any hotter than a typical Florida summer afternoon, but give a girl two years in Colorado and she forgets how to deal with that.
I could give you the “diary of a project trip” style review, but every single day would look like this:
7:30 a.m Breakfast; commence sweating
8:30 - noon: video shooting at site, run from Crazy Horse (more about him later), sweating
1:00 - 5:00 Sweating, shooting, Gatorade
5:30 Dinner drenched in sweat
6:30 Devotions and watching other teammates sweat and get eaten by mosquitos
8:00 Stare at poor, elderly MacBook Air as it attempts to import 8 short video clips; eat MnMs and ninja-film others while waiting
11:00 Edit something (while eating MnMs) until overcome by sleep
One of the best perks of my job is that if anything even remotely cool, scenic, or adventurous is expected to happen at any point, the photographer is not only sent along, but usually scores the shotgun seat. So I got to take in an architectural tour of Managua that was to have been mainly for the architects. I also got to go up to the northernmost part of Nicaragua to tour a farm and camp. Well, on that one I did not get the front seat (Floyd!) but I got to eat at Rosti-Pollo, a great chicken joint, and meet some other missionaries, and hear a cougar scream.
That last part happened while we were off hiking the jungle. Brian had turned back to accompany one team member down the mountain. He left Floyd, Gayle, and I in the capable hands of Juan, who spoke very little English. I speak a bit of Spanish and the others know none (except hello, thank you, and bathroom) so I was left to do all the translating and not very well. But when we thought we heard a bird and the guard dogs got much more excited than most dogs do about birds, we asked Juan what it was. He said “gato” and then managed enough English to help me understand that this was a very large gato. As in a mountain lion. Hike on, Juan!
One of my favorite things to do on project trips is snap photos of cool doors. I call it my “Doorways of the World” series. One day at the project site I noticed one door in the row of 4 toilets was left open and it had this nice asymmetrical appeal, so I added the shot to my collection thinking, “This is just for me. In a million years, EMI will never need a photo like this.” And then we had World Toilet Day on November 19 and guess whose potty pic got used on the EMI Instagram account?
On every trip we take an “R&R day,” usually at the end, and combine it with our closing time. This is when we might see local sights, hit a tourist market for souvenirs, and enjoy lunch out at some place authentic. In Managua our day included a visit to the Volcan Masaya (that’s a smoking volcano), strolling around Grenada, some shopping in Masaya’s tourist market, and lunch at a place overlooking the volcano park.
In my next post I will share what I was actually doing on this trip, other than sweating buckets, contracting the flu, and annoying my teammates. But meanwhile, enjoy this video montage of our team and our week.
We are missionaries with Engineering Ministries International, based in Colorado Springs, and traveling around the globe to serve.
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