Today we left our host families in Los Robles. We took our tour bus from Managua, singing the whole time, all the way through dry, flat plains until we reached a mountain range called “Isabella.” The view from the mountain was spectacular and scenic. We arrived in Jinotega after two hours or so of driving, and ate at a nice buffet named “El Tico”which is kind of a slang term for Costa Rica. We got back on the bus after lunch and dice for another hour, and it was still incredibly gorgeous. We arrived on the coffee farm, El Recreo, but had to walk party of the way up the driveway due to rocks, which took around fifteen minutes. After all of us settled into our dorms, it was time for a hike. Don Emir took us all through the mountainous plantation, and our walk was more than two miles up hill. On the way he explained how coffee beans grow and taught us about coffee rust, a disease that can destroy entire crops.
After that, we had dinner with some of the Nicaraguan workers, and did a group reflection and song. Overall it was a great day. The weather here is still hot, but not nearly as hot as Managua. The next week is going to be amazing!
– Rachael Steinberg (the cool one)