It is always bittersweet when we get to the last day of our trip. Our days have been so full and during them, it seemed to some girls that our time would never end, but here it is.
In the morning after another delicious breakfast with gallo pinto- my favorite 🙂 we had a visit from Megan. Megan is from the states but has been living in Nicaragua for the last 10 years. She told us the story of how she came to be living in Nicaragua and that her first visit to the country was with Me to We!! She returned to Nicaragua after university in order to help communities with clean water. This is when she met Alex at the age of 9 and since then they have formed a beautiful friendship and partnership in making chocolate. Alex is a poised and beautiful young woman who is studying English and marketing all the while working with Megan in making some of the MOST amazing chocolate I have EVER eaten. They shared how cacao is grown and Alex even opened the cacao plant which is very interesting to see. They were really inspiring to listen to and very genuine people. I was very happy to have met them and look forward to seeing them again next summer.
After chocolate we were on our way to Masaya to the Valentín Pottery School. I never tire of hearing Valentín share the story of his ancestors and how they made pottery. We witnessed his ancestors pottery in the San Francisco Museum from hundreds of years ago. He demonstrates how the pottery is made. They use all natural material. They travel by foot to the mines in order to collect the rocks that give them the colors and clay they use to make the pottery. The only material that is not natural is the bicycle tire spoke they use to create designs on the pottery. His ancestors would have used animal bones. The girls were able to try their hand at making a small pot on the wheel and then purchase different types of ceramics made at the school. The school is a place that the young can learn about the traditions of their ancestors as well as keeping them from alternative activities that may not be as productive.
Our final activity of the day was an afternoon at Lake Apoyo. This Lake is an endorheic lake (a closed drainage basin) occupying the caldera of an extinct volcano. It is often referred to as a crater but a crater is created with an explosion and this was created when the ground surface collapsed into a partially emptied magma chamber. It is a popular lake for both locals and tourists. The lake is abound with pumice rocks that are collected by the locals to be used in the clothing industry. Us tourists collect them to use a pumice stone. I love them!!! Definitely collect a few if you ever visit the lake!
What an amazing last day!!!!