Nicaragua - Day 3 - Nagarote/Leon

We had another great and VERY hot day...I can't believe how much water I'm capable of consuming. I might secretly be a camel.

We we started out our day with a smoking volcano again. Turns out- it wasn't a big deal when I saw it the first time...it happens often. I still took approximately 100 photos of it today, and I still believe it's a big awesome deal.

 Momotombo back in action.  

Momotombo back in action.  

We got back to work with the kids first thing this morning, and I really can't get enough of them. They're so sweet, and I'm having fun with the fact that they don't really seem to know what to make of me. 

-they're surprised that I speak Spanish

-they like my style of singing

-they're super impressed that I can play the piano AND guitar (and are so excited to learn!)

-they love the silly vocal warm-ups that I make them do

-and they cannot stop playing with my hair. 

I'm smitten! 

On Monday, we came up with our own verse to We Shall Not Be Moved (a.k.a. No Nos Moveran). So today- each kid came to tell me, 'remember how I helped write a song yesterday?' Pretty cute. Here's a photo of us 'writing our song'.

 "Writing" We Shall Not Be Moved/No Nos Moveran with the kids.  

"Writing" We Shall Not Be Moved/No Nos Moveran with the kids.  

Between rehearsals we've been working on piano. (There was one donated to NicaPhoto, one of our tour partner organizations.) Because the piano just arrived, everyone's very curious about it, and it's been really fun teaching the notes and making 'maps' so people can find their keys again.

And SOMEHOW, these giggle girls started doing all kinds of gymnastics, so tomorrow, I'm bringing my yoga mat.  

 

 Aymi, Paula and Sarai showing off their back bends...tomorrow - Eagle and Warrior 2! 

Aymi, Paula and Sarai showing off their back bends...tomorrow - Eagle and Warrior 2! 

After our day was done, we went back to the city (Leon) for some meetings (turns out the government wants to make sure that I'm not going to try and start a revolution while I'm down here...).

To get there- we had to ride in an old (non-air conditioned) school bus! It was such a fun, albeit steamy ride. 

 

 (From the bottom left, Angie, Maria Mercedes, Karen and Anibal enjoying the school bus!) 

(From the bottom left, Angie, Maria Mercedes, Karen and Anibal enjoying the school bus!) 

I'm really looking forward to tomorrow's adventures! 

Thanks for reading, and thanks for all of your emails. 

Talk soon, Kristen