Saturday, July 7, 2012

Culture Day 2012 - The Bus Ride

To understand more about the country we've been serving in, and to learn to appreciate it's natural beauty all the more, we spent Thursday on a little tour that included a visit to a volcano, Monkey Island, a 3 1/2 hour lunch (!), shopping in a typical Nicaraguan flea market, and dinner at a western-style fast food place.

Before we could get any where though, we had to take a ride on the bus. These are in no particular order.

Riding a bus in Nicaragua is an experience like no other! People rarely obey the red lights or stop signs (especially once you are out of Managua, the capitol). There were a few close calls (at least to those of us used to drivers obeying traffic laws), but none of the Nica people on our bus even seemed to be phased by it.

There are also many vendors selling trinkets, food, and drinks in between the lanes of traffic. At one point, we even saw a street juggler tossing some flames around!

Come back later for photos of the other cultural activities we participated in!

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