It took me a long time to realize July 3, 2012 was around the corner. I never thought I would be traveling and didn’t feel I was ready for this unexpected experience. I felt really nervous. I didn’t know what to expect. All I thought about was my family and friends and how much ill be missing my soccer team. When we finally got to La Guardia airport, I felt butterflies in my stomach. The day was going by really slow and I had mix emotions. I couldn’t believe I wasn’t going to Ecuador no more but to Nicaragua. When we finally got to Texas all I can think about is that there was one more stop to Nicaragua. All I thought about was sleep and sleep to keep my mind off things. Finally after a long trip we finally got to the capital of Nicaragua, it was so humid and hot. People were waiting for us like they knew who I was already, which felt kind of creepy. After all we got on to a bus and we stop at a gas station to buy some snacks and drinks. After I had bought all my food I realize I wasn’t hungry. All I wanted to do is go back to New York. We got back in to the bus and head to Chaguitillo. Finally, they told us that we have an opportunity to call our family back in the city. I felt so relief I can finally hear their voice. I told them I love them and I miss them so much and that in no time ill be back home. When we got to Chaguitillo we were distributed to our temporarily host families for day. Christelle and me had the chance to share the same room en la casa de la senora Violeta. Christelle had to wake up at 9 to go to a staff meeting. By mistake Christelle forgot to change the time and woke up at 6 in Nicaraguenze time and 9 in NYC time. She took a shower and was rushing and then Violeta ask her where she was going and she said to the meeting. Violeta had told her it was too early and Christelle check the time and she realize it was too early. Soon Violeta woke up christelle that it was time togo to the meeting and then I woke up. I started to take a fresh shower and get ready.
After I got ready I met up with Saul, Angelo and Arnold and we started to play soccer. Then we went to our meeting at 10-en el museo de Chaguitillo. We started to jot down our fear and hopes for the trip. We also started to say our names and introduce each other’s since some haven’t meet before. It was also difficult to understand Kossa but I tired to understand him. Around 2:30 that day we left and went to Sebacco to transfer to another car that was going to take us to Las Minas. It was about a two-hour drive. It started to rain on us and it was frezzing cold. When we finally got to Las Minas we saw so many people. They didn’t seem so excited but I bet they were happy to have us. Then we walk to El centro de salud to introduce each other. Then the leader of the community was distributing us to our new host families. I felt kind of nervous, I hope for a small family. When they showed me my family I saw a lady and a little girl. Shes about 10 and the lady was around her 50’s. When she took me to her home I felt like I was in Ecuador. The house look similar to my house in the campo in Ecuador. I started to see more kids and adults. I thought it was only two people living in the house but soon my host mom told me her family visits her on a daily basis. I felt a little relief because I dislike being overwhelmed.
When I finished unpacking I went outside to play with the little kids and started to introduce each other. Then we started to play soccer we lost 4-1 L, but I had a good time. Soon we ate dinner. I ate rice, beans, spaghetti and tortilla with some juice on the side. I was so full since I wasn’t use to eating rice and beans. I had to use the bathroom and all I saw was a hole in the ground. All I could think of is missing flushing toilets back in NYC. Then soon I went to sleep, I kept waking up throughout the night since all I heard was the strong winds. Around 8 I woke up to eat and we ate beans, eggs, potatoes, and platano and tortilla on the side. I felt kind of isolated that night and morning because I was eating in a separate room and the family was in the kitchen. Soon I went to take a shower but then they told me there wasn’t any hot water. So then I thought to myself if I done it in Ecuador I could do it again. I took a shower without thinking twice real quick.
I got dressed and head out with saul who came to pick me up since I didn’t feel comfortable to walk alone in a strange place. We went to our meeting, which was at 9. We started talk about our roles and started to make our calendar and our important dates. Then we head out to lunch with our family and we had the same thing like in breakfast. After a few we head out to our meeting and we went on a trip around the community to know where everybody house is. Then we went on a high mountain and we had a great view. After that we went to play soccer. Soon we went back home I ate and then went to bed. Soon I had a stomachache. All I could think of is how much I miss my mom since I sleep with her. She always new when something was wrong. I felt so lonely at that time since I couldn’t go outside. I woke up my host mom and she did some tea but then I started to throw up and didn’t feel well. I miss my family and friends so much I hope I get to talk to them soon.