"Osvaldo, the father, is the Head of Epidemiology at the hospital that Lucas and I worked at. He was always very friendly and he would always eat dinner with us and explain the different Nicaraguan customs to us, as well as the history of the country."My roommate Lucas and I
at Laguna de Apoyo in
We spent the first month of the EWH Summer Institute in Grenada, Nicaragua where we learned Spanish and took classes in medical instrumentation. These intensive classes took place Monday to Friday for the first month, but the weekends were free time in which were allowed to travel throughout Nicaragua and visit the major tourist venues. Laguna de Apoyo was one of the many venues that we visited. Laguna de Apoyo is essentially a vast lagoon, where people can swim, tan, kayak and enjoy the beautiful scenery. On this particular day, we went with the other participants in our program. We had a tour guide take us to the lagoon, and once we were there, we all got in the water and enjoyed what the lagoon had to offer. The lagoon had a great snack bar as well, and we had a great lunch, in addition to all the kayaking and swimming that we were able to do. At the end of the day, we took a minibus up to the top of a hill and we were able to see a breathtaking view of the entire lagoon. The lagoon had a beautiful, blue hue to it, and the hills surrounding it were grand and majestic. Not only that, the palm trees accentuated the lagoon and added a tropical vibe. At our spot, we could even see all the other tourists swimming and kayaking in the lagoon. Since the view was so magnificent, my partner and I just had to take a picture here. Out of all the places we visited, I will always remember the view from the top of that hill. The clear blue waters, colorful sky and wispy clouds all combined to form an enchanting venue.
are with our host family during
the second month of our
EWH Summer Institute experience.
Breakfast usually consisted of gallo pinto, a rice and bean staple in Nicaragua and scrambled eggs and dinner was usually rice and chicken or fish. Elida is a fantastic cook and was always willing to make our stay as comfortable as possible. Their son, Ricardo, is 12 and is grade school. He learns karate as a hobby and takes English lessons to improve his proficiency in the language. Grace Kelly (next to Elida) is Elida’s granddaughter, and she is 8 years old. She was very shy at first, but over time, she felt much more comfortable with Lucas and me. In her free time, she practices ballet and learns English, along with Ricardo. Lucas and I were extremely happy to be assigned to live with the Mercados during our second month in Nicaragua. We will always remember our stay in their home, their generous hospitality, and the great food we were able to have each day.