Summer in America, Winter in Nicaragua

July is known as a “winter” month in Nicaragua, even though Nicaragua is in the same hemisphere as the USA, where we know July as high summer. I put winter in quotes though because it isn’t winter as we know it. It is still hot here – it is a tropical country after all, but it is a bit cooler than the summer months, and this is also the rainy season (even though we are in a drought and it should rainy roughly weekly, while it should be raining daily).

So while you were fanning out across the beaches of America on July 4th beating the heat (and Hurricane Arthur), we fanned out across Nicaragua for some Volunteer get-together Independence Day celebrations. I elected to stay in León and go to a potluck party at my site-mate’s house.

July 4 2014A good time was had by all. I brought a sweet and sour tomato salad that my mom used to make. It was well received by my friends and I may make it in the future since it is pretty to make. I will admit that I did miss the Delaware beaches and all of my friends that I’ve spent the last few summers with. I would have liked to make my Greek Salad, but some of the ingredients are just out of my reach here (Feta?).

On Saturday the 5th we went back to the beach. The current was strong. It’s really a shame that Nicaragua does not have an aquatics culture, because a lot of people drown here every year, many people don’t know how to swim, and there aren’t any lifeguards.

This week and next week I am in Managua for Peace Corps trainings. We are staying at a hotel right across the street from the airport which evokes odd feelings. But the hotel is treating us well and so far the trainings have been good. Unfortunately I am missing classes to be here. Originally this training was planned to be held during the week-long winter vacation, but the week of vacation was switched for León after the earthquake a few months ago.

Once I get back to site and more interesting things start to happen again I will post again. In the meantime we are playing a lot of mafia, which I had never heard of before. It is an addicting social card/mind game. Let me know if you don’t know how to play.

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5 Responses to Summer in America, Winter in Nicaragua

  1. How do you play Mafia? It sounds fun!

  2. Dr. Rochelle Mozlin says:

    yay tomato salad!

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  4. einsler says:

    Catherine, the basics of mafia is that there is a “team” of mafiosa that know who each other are. And there is a team on “town people” who do not know who each other are. By “night” the mafiosa get to kill one person. By day the town people (infiltrated by the mafiosa) can have “trials” and kill people they think are mafiosa. The town people need to kill the mafiosa before they are outnumbered, or they lose.

    One person moderates and usually assigns teams by randomly handing out playing cards (for example, if there are two mafiosa, they could hand out two jokers to indicate to the mafiosa who they are).

    It is a little difficult to explain, but easy to play and fun, albeit paranoidal and stressful for some.

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