sliding down the side of a volcano_ nicaragua day 11 + 12
Yesterday we drove into Leon. Our Airbnb is in Selina's Grandes. The road to get to our Airbnb was composed of big chunks of mashed up stone and it took us about an hour to drive a span of 6 km. We're staying in a beach house just outside of Leon.
There's quite literally nothing within walking distance. But we managed to find a little beach club and we were the only ones there. This place is so gorgeous and so secluded. Nora, the woman who owns the club was chatting with us about what's going on in the community. My ears perked up like little antennas receiving signal because everything she was saying was so important and interesting to me.
She was saying how concrete here is expensive, $10 a bag. So to take up volume in say, a bus shelter, they take water bottles, fill them with garbage like plastic bags, and then stick them into the concrete.
Then our conversation lead into the topic of waste pollution in the area. I asked her why there are tons of little fires everywhere. She said, if people aren't just dumping their garbage, they're burning it. They burn plastics and other toxic materials to our air. They do it because their parents have been doing it and their parent's parents and so forth. Also because the community doesn’t have access to easy waste removal. Nora and her husband are heavily involved in fixing that, so they've built a garbage dumpster and garbage is collected every week. That's huge. They're trying to educate the little ones about proper waste disposal because the older generations have burning waste engrained into their lifestyle.
She told us about how the road being so inaccesible made it difficult for tourism, adding to why the area is so secluded. Kyle and I made a bet as to how long this area will take to become a tourist hub. He bet 5-10 years, I said 10-20. I'll be cashing in on that one ;).
I'm so glad we stumbled upon this area because I'm interested to learn about other cultures, ways of life and learning about social issues. If you want a real experience visit Nora and Chris at the Selina's Grandes Beach Day Resort, and tell them I sent you.
The past few days I've been grouping my entries because I've relaxed quite a bit. I've stopped using my content calendar and am just winging it.
Leon is interesting. It feels like a time warp. I just saw a woman waiting by a window. For me, waiting by a window has been replaced with waiting by a cell phone.
I saw a woman walking and carrying groceries on the top of her head.
I've just seen the first streetlight in 10 days and it doesn't work.
People are drinking juice out of plastic bags.
Our bus driver just honked his horn by pulling a wire. Even more amazing, this bus is moving at 60 km/h and the door is not only open but someone is standing on the steps, hanging half out.
We're on our way back from Volcano boarding. We went with Big Foot Hostels (peep them here), and slid down Cerro Negro, a dormant volcano.
Each person was given a board and you trek up the mountain with it but it gets suuuuper windy. The board caught the wind pretty well and was about 20lbs which is a good portion of my weight so being thrashed about on the edge of a cliff was awesome.
Sliding down was kind of anticlimactic. Didn't quite get as much speed as I wanted to. In all fairness, I enjoyed the hike up more.
Remember the boys from Denmark at Sunday Funday? They carried Silas in his wheelchair on their shoulders all the way up. It was really a beautiful display of love and unity. And I thought climbing up with a dingy board was tough. I have a lot of love for those people.
Once we got down they provided us with some beer and sandwiches which I enjoyed on the top of a school bus. Here's a quick image pulled from my Instagram story. If you don't already follow me check it out @beautymilk_ .
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