how will i cope back in the frozen land?
My last day in Costa Rica today. I can´t believe it, thought this was my life there for a moment. Getting back is going to be a big big shock. The border crossing back to Costa Rica was hot, long and tiring, and quite frustrating because they don´t make it very clear where you have to go to get your exit stamps. Quite relieved to have that out of the way, but so so sorry to say goodbye to Nicaragua. I had the most wonderful wonderful time there. It is a country so rich in culture and history. Costa Rica seems tame in comparison. Nicaragua has such depth to it´s beauty. I stayed a week on a volcanic island. Five days at this really friendly hostel, where I took Spanish classes with a 21 year old called Leonel. He has really helped me to get a better grasp on the past tense, we spent about 13 hours practising it. He was so patient and so lovely to talk to, and like no 21 year old I have ever met before. He has lots of poems memorised in his mind, and he was wrting them down for me and we were translating them and talking about them. So not only was it a lesson in Spanish but also in the art and culture and history of Nicaragua. We had such a good laugh too. Especially when he was teaching me nicañol, which is the spanish used by nicaraguans. So I feel great that I have had a look into Spanish from Spain, Costa Rica and now Nicaragua. It is such an amazingly rich language. I finally feel as if I´m staring to understand things much more. Although my sentences are still really clumsy when I´m trying to have a conversation, but I feel like I´m communicating on such a higher level than I was before. I couldn´t have talked about the history of Nicaragua in Spanish when I first came to Central America. I feel so so sad to leave. I´m dreading only hearing English. The world is going to seem so flat and dull without the Spanish. Like a major part of my life will vanish. Trying to be positive about my return though and not dwell too much on these thoughts.
The photo is me with some kids from Ometepe, they all wanted me to take their photos so they could see themselves on the screen. They took me into the church especially for the photo.
It was big day in Ompetepe because it was the high school graduation. It is a really huge thing to graduate in Nicaragua. There was parties going on everywhere. Leonel invited me to the party. First we went to his auntie´s house, where we had rice and beans and coca cola (a big big treat in Nicaragua, only for very special occassions). Then there was a party at the local school, they had a massive sound system and they really know how to party on that island. It was wonderful dancing and celebrating the high school graduation with all the lovely people. Leonel was introducing me to everyone, quite proud introducing me as his student (i was his first one). Felt a bit bad though when people would talk to me and I struggled to understand what they said. It made him look like a rubbish teacher! I was nervous though meeting all these new people. The brain doesn´t work as quick in that state.
So all in all this truly has been a non stop collection of the most amazing experiences of my life. I´m so happy I took the plunge and came. It feels good to face my fear and find there´s nothing to be scared of after all. In fact life here feels safer than in Britain. I have a looming dread of the metro and all the sadness on it. I´m going to so much miss saying hello to strangers in the street, and looking at the warmth and smiles of the people here. All the fun little encounters and conversations, and having my brain working overtime everyday trying to work out what everyone´s talking about.
I´m intrigued to see how England will look after 4 months away. Hopefully a bit better than the way I saw it when I left. Dreading the cold. A bit scared of all the xmas frenzy, xmas things are so gentle here. No huge plastic santas in the gardens. I keep forgetting it´s xmas in fact, then i look at a xmas tree in the sunshine and it looks very odd.
Thanks for reading my blog. It´s been fun writing it. Happy Christmas everyone, see you when i get back. Looking forward to lots of nice chats with you all when i get back.