It was bright, hot, and early when we were dressed and Enrique met us outside of our house to take a bus to the market with him. (This is another person who has truly looked out for us and extended his friendship to us since we’ve been here.)
The market was less crowded than usual, being that it was New Years day. Nonetheless, there were various stalls, tables and coolers sprawled about, mostly selling chicharrones, cookies, and pop. We made our way on the bus to León, and Norland, Hayling, Orven and Orvin ( two brothers from the Caribbean coastal town of Bluefields) streamed in shortly afterwards.
It was a long ride that I have to say I didn’t mind because I cherish the rare opportunities I get to actually sit and not be on my feet. Two hours later we were in León, but had to board another bus to get to the park, where Gizelle was meeting friends. This bus was packed, as in we were hanging out of the doors. If anyone thinks hanging out of the doors is past capacity limit, other passengers can always ride too if theyre willing to climb seats and squat over a person’s head with a foot near each of the passengers shoulders. Yes, some one stood on a passenger’s seat . And yes, he really squatted over this guy’s head. No, the guy didn’t even flinch. Apparently this is a norm. It just wasn’t a moment I could capture on camera, nor can even the most descriptive words do this scenario any justice. But it is more fun and probably less dangerous than it sounds.
We enjoyed a nice lunch at a hotel, where we met several Witnesses who coincidentally happened to be having lunch. There I met a brother from North Carolina who had visited once, went home and within six weeks packed his bags and moved to Nicaragua.
Gizelle decided to stay the night with her friends and the eight of us took a few pictures in the hotel’s beautiful garden before heading out on a tour of the town.
A brother named Moises from León English lead the way as we walked for a brief time appreciating views and stopping for batidos (smoothies).
Walking around the city of León involved mostly conversation and sight seeing. These brothers love to joke around, so of course this includes laughter, but they truly appreciate discussion spiritual things. Everyone works so hard during the week, in the ministry and in caring for responsibilities of homelife. What means so much is being able to spend the weekends with new found friends and family.
Here are pictures from this lovely day in León:
*Ariana took these pictures
After leaving León, we returned to Managua to go to the mall, and of course eat again.
It was a wonderful day, and I’m looking forward to many more to come.