Butler Volleyball In Nicaragua

May 15, 2008

Butler middle blocker Jalesa Lee documents the Bulldog volleyball team's fifth day in Nicaragua.

So today was our last day at Camp Alegria. Everybody woke up around 7:00 a.m. We showered, packed up our stuff, and scurried around for missing belongings before breakfast.

Around 8:00 a.m., we met in the dinning hall and ate breakfast. Our breakfast consisted of cereal, pancakes, toast, eggs (Nica style), orange juice, coffee, and fruit of course. After breakfast, we presented gifts to the people who helped us during our stay at Camp Alegria, Rosa, Oscar, Beatrice, and Adam. They were extremely nice and generous for all the hours they put into making our stay enjoyable.

After loading up our bus (which was an old yellow school bus from the U.S.) and saying out goodbyes, we headed off to San Jorge to catch the ferry.

The drive was about 40-45 minutes and it was interesting. For starters, the road was very rough so that was an adventure in itself. We came across many different gates that we didn't see on the way to the camp. At each gate our bus driver would have to stop and a guard, who was usually carrying some form of weapon, would walk up to window. After the two exchanged words (in Spanish of course) the guard would back up and open the gate, verifying our right of passage.

Once we got through all the different gates we drove through a small community. There were many people riding bikes, horse, mules, and just walking around. We passed one little boy who looked like he was no older than eight years old directing two full grown oxen.

Another interesting thing we saw during the ride was that a few buildings were surrounded by concrete, and there was broken glass cemented into the tops of the walls. It was very obvious that the glass was placed there to deter intruders.

About 25 minutes into the trip we encountered some mechanical problems with our bus. The engine stalled and our driver quickly jumped out and started pushing the bus. He then siphoned the gas using his mouth and put it into the engine. By then the team had already got out of the bus and started taking pictures of the area. As soon as he was done the bus started right up and we were back on our way.

Once we got to the San Jorge, we waited in the resting area for the Ferry to arrive, which was around 10:20 a.m. The Ferry ride to to Moyogalpa (Ometepes) was about an hour and 10 minutes.

After the ferry ride the hotel vans picked us up and took us to our hotel. Our new hotel is called Hotel Villa Paraiso. Once we got to there we ate a great lunch. We had grilled chicken shish kabobs and rice.

After lunch we all went to a local cold spring our guides heard about. The cold spring was split in two sections and surrounded by a lot of green vegetation. There was a large tree with a vine in the smaller section of the cold spring that people would swing into the water from.

After the cold spring we just went back to the hotel and played a little beach volleyball, ate dinner, then went to our rooms and got ready for the next day.