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Feb 21, 2014 - Day 4 - Crucero

5:45 pm Last night was a little more muggy than usual. However during the evening devotions both Debbie and Melody felt two cool breezes go through while people were praying for Harrison. . Charlie was more attentive this morning to Melody than he has been. At breakfast he laid down on her feet instead of staying on the floor in the corner where he normally stays during meal time. As a result Melody felt it best for her to remain home and rest. It appears that it was a good thing too as she was checking to see what paperwork would be...

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Feb 20, 2014 - Day 4 - San Rafael del Sur

1630. Project Base Camp The medical team arrived back at the base camp about 4 pm. Instead of going to the construction site this morning and having devotions with the group we headed in the opposite direction- south to an area called San Rafael del Sur. Time literally has no meaning so I can't tell you how long it took us to get there - probably in the neighborhood of a couple of hours. I do know that we went through a very crowded busy Managua with the streets filled with multi-colored buses, clean cars (a new concept to this Alaskan!)...

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Feb 19, 2014 - Day 3 - Cuidad Sandino Dump

3:10 pm. Base Camp. Breakfast this morning at 7 am was much the same as it was yesterday. There was a short time afterwards of singing and getting ready to go. Melody was staying in camp this morning to help Debbie sort out the tubs and to give Charlie a rest. She said that she felt a little off balance this morning. When I returned a little bit a go I found a note in our room that she and Charlie had gone with Tammie Stearns to provide food to some of the poorest of the poor. I uploaded pictures to Facebook from yesterday and today because...

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Feb 18, 2014 - Day 2 - The Blessing of God

5:30 pm. Hope Central . Today started at 7 am with breakfast in the "Cocina". Breakfast consisted of fresh watermelon, pineapple, pancakes, red rice and beans, scrambled eggs, coffee and lemonade. D'Anne Marin from home who is here in Managua attending the University is here to act as translator. . Shortly after breakfast the team loaded onto the bus while Melody, Charlie, Aida, Dr. Melba, a lady named Joyce and I climbed into Dr. Melba's car and drove to the Blessings of God community where the houses are being built. Over the course of...

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Feb 17, 2014 - Project Hope Base

9 p.m.. Today has been a quiet and uneventful day. Melody and Charlie went with Tammy and the ladies doing shopping and looking around. I went with Dr Melba and Eduardo to pick up medicines for the week and then later I went with Eduardo to a tilapia farm, visited to volunteer pvastlyhool teachers. And then visited my first family in or over today. I was also able to meet Eduardo's wife and his two children. We are currently waiting for the rest of the Alaska team to arrive. The project hope bus is at the airport waiting for them. We...

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Oct 7, 2013 - Traveling to Nicaragua

Day 1 - October 7th It felt like I had just gotten to bed as I woke up in the middle of the night to leave by 3:45am. I have never been to the airport that early....the TSA/security lines were still closed! It was an empty 3 hr flight to Miami and then another 2 hr flight to Nicaragua. On the flight to Nicaragua I passed over Cuba and the grand Cayman Islands...the islands looked heavenly from the plane! I arrived at the airport, received my bag, and customs went smoothly. It was not like in Tanzania with my other humanitarian trip when...

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Mar 24, 2013 - Finally got wifi this evening!

Sorry for the delay but wifi is hit or miss! We have been visiting feeding centers through out Nicaragua. The level of poverty and malnutrition are critical challenges in this country. Today I visited a "bakery" in Neuva Vida. Neuva Vida was formed after Hurricane Mitch hit Nicaragua. Several thousand people live here in shacks and hovels. Somehow they bake 600 to 1000 loaves of bread in the bakery with no mixer and with a wood fired oven. Anyone have a used commercial mixer? They go by motorbike through the dirt streets selling the bread....

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Mar 22, 2013 - Long trip to the country

Today we took a very long bus ride into the country to visit a school and a feeding center. The people here are wonderfully warm and generous. They have very little but they seem content. On our return trip we stopped to see the Masaya Volcano. It is still very active and we were allowed only 5 minutes on the rim. It was certainly enough. Sucking down the sulphur was not the most fun. The feeding centers are extremely grateful for the first aid kits. As it turns out, all of the kits are desperately needed. Thanks to DAN we are making a big...

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Dec 28, 2012 - Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

12/28 Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala The country is the most populated of all in Central America with 14.7 million people in an area slightly smaller than Tennessee. The border with Mexico is very unsettled due to high risk of drug smuggling. Only 6 years of education is compulsory. Many ethnic Indian groups live here and still speak their native languages. (K’iche, Kaqchikel, Mam, Q’eqchi to name a few) The most popular tourist destination near the port is Antiqua which is 90 minutes away. We decided to stick around the port. There were lots of...

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Panama Canal Cruise

Dec 27, 2012 - Corinto, Nicaragua

12/26 – Day 2 in Puntarenas, Costa Rica It didn’t get quite as warm as we were expecting. A high around 90 and very humid is what we got. Jean, Jerry, Jim & myself had booked a Sky Walk tour in the tropical forest. Buses are air conditioned, so the 40 minute ride was comfortable. We saw white-faced capuchin monkeys along the way and another couple on our walking tour. A bird with pale blue feathers is the only tropical bird that was spotted. Rather disappointing. Leaf cutter ants covered our trail in one section. Pretty cute to watch those...

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Panama Canal Cruise

Nov 8, 2012 - Managua - Nicaragua

Managua - Nicaragua Up again at 3pm for a 12 hr coach ride. Much more national express, broken tv screen and dodgy music.  So. Many. Borders. Out of el salvador, Into Honduras, out of Honduras, into Nicaragua. On the bus, off the bus, passports out, passports away. Payment to get in the country, payment to get out the country. honestly can a girl not get through a jackie Collins in peace?! Made it to managua. Another major hub. Arrived at dusk so opted to stay at the bus terminal jail.. I mean hotel. Everything made of concrete. A wee...

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Jul 22, 2012 - A rainy day

I don't think I slept a wink! I kept hearing all the strange noises you typically here on your first night somewhere, but just knowing we were sleeping in the barrios of Nicaragua was not helping matters. Now I'm not sure what made it more worse: hearing a mix of Nicarauguan disco music and Rihanna blasting from the neighbors until 3 a.m, the countless dogs barking until their owners went to bed at 4 p.m. Or the roosters that started up at about 5 a.m. Maybe it was the howling wind and rain that started around the same time. So, Kathy was...

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