One last photo under a portrait of Augusto Sandino
Chilling at the Beach
Excited for the trip home.
Taking in the sites and the cool breeze on an otherwise hot day on Lake Nicaragua.
We cruised through the islands on three boats admiring the wildlife and large homes. Plenty of islands are for sale. Nicaraguan island for under 500K...
Walk the Plank
Heading out to the boats on Lake Nicaragua for an island tour.
Traditional Ride in a Traditional City
We took horse drawn carriages around Granada and then down to the lake.
The Last Day
Returning to our hotel after dinner out in Granada.
Last Minute Shopping
T-shirts and lots of other junk, I mean stuff, for sale this afternoon in Granada.
Kirk showing great form on one of the ten zip-lines that took us all down through the canopy.
Ready for Action
After a week of hard work we were all ready for some fun this morning.
Our students made a tunnel for the children to pass through with the small gift bag of school supplies we provided.
After a week together we felt like one community.
Alex and Tess spoke on behalf of the Crystal students bring tears to their and my eyes.
Our students join in as three local girls perform a dance.
Will and Alex kindly volunteered to perform for the local children.
As part of our farewell, our students sang Nicaragua Mia for the school community and were quickly joined by the whole school.
After finally reaching the ridge we took in views of the surrounding area with Don Eric's horse, Domingo.
Home in the Woods
This home is only accessible by walking trails--steep walking trails. The children who live here are eager students at the school that we are helping to build.
Stepping out of the forrest and jungle we were greeted by a flock of chickens at a home tucked away, accessible only by walking.
We continued to travel through tunnels of large leafed trees.
What Goes Down Must Come Up
After descending the valley it was time to begin our ascent.
A flower finca (farm) deep in the valley. Over mother's day they were working 24-hours a day for two days to provide flowers to mothers in Managua and Matagalpa. Everything is carried in and out of this property.
A hillside with 1,500 cabbage plants.
Local Farmer and Guide
This wonderful man met us on the trail and toured us through the valley from crop to crop.
Coffee was the main crop in this part of the valley.
Mr. Hutchinson shows off the seeds that we used as beads in jewelry making.
We started our tour at a farm close to school that grows coffee plants from seed.
Deep in the Valley
A home perched on the hill where the formal road ends. From here we continued further into the valley.
Don Eric is the local leader on whose land the school is being built. He proudly led us through the community of around 150 people.
Starting our Walk
The main activity today was a tour of the local community. The tour was a challenging hike with some of the most rewarding views and stories that I have ever encountered.
Even More Meta
Tess takes a photo. I take a photo of her photo. Mr. Hutchinson takes a photo of me taking a photo of Tess's photo. Sra. Sargent takes a photo of Mr. Hutchinson taking a photo of me taking a photo of Tess's photo. Mind blown.
Tess goes retro with the polaroid. I get meta taking a picture of the picture.
Looking Down on Town
Later this afternoon we headed to the lookout point above town.
The Founder Speaks
After lunch we briefly heard from Patrick Rincon, co-founder of Seeds of Learning.
Today was another chance for students to teach crafts including friendship bracelets.
Masons in Training
Callum and Pat were among the first students to try their hand at laying bricks for the school kitchen.
All sorts of things become comfortable during a long work day.
Who Needs Fifa?
We have international soccer without them.
Kirk shows off his gymnastic talents.
Yesterday the women were amazed to see men in the kitchen. Today the Nicaraguan boys learned that girls can play rough too.
Sra. Sargent kicks off the soccer game during our "all school" P.E. class.
A gorgeous field above the school with views (and ant hills).
Now good friends we can play around with a "too cool" high five.
A Light on the Hill
A large cross remains lit on the hillside throughout the evening.