December 31st is Grants last day of work here in Managua. We have really enjoyed the time we got to spend here and are grateful for the experiences and for the wonderful people we got to meet. One of the young ladies that works in our hotel invited us to join her family for Christmas Eve. How special to spend the evening with a local family. Everyone was so kind and hospitable and made us feel so welcome. Lucky for us they all spoke english as they are from Puerto Cabezas on the Caribbean coast.
Christmas Day the whole crew was invited to the Noble house (the customer) for Christmas dinner. It was really fantastic. We had turkey, roast pork, sweet potato pie, mashed potatoes and 2 kinds of gravy & gumbo. Heaven. Heaven when you miss the food from home.
Since the work is winding down and there isn’t much flying going on, a bunch of us went the the Huembes market to look around one day. Grant and I wanted to buy a keepsake to take home from Nicaragua. We didn’t find anything that suited us. It was really warm and we had worked up a thirst so we all thought we would go for a beer. That turned into a few beers in an outdoor restaurant. Locals come by wanting to sell you all sorts of items. Then a mariachi band came by to play for us. To make a long story short, Grant found his keepsake. The base guitar of one of the bandmates. There was a tuff negotiation in spanglish and Grant got his guitar.
Yesterday was another highlight for me. A helicopter flight across Nicaragua to El Bluff on east coast where the other base is. The scenery was amazing. The countryside is spotted with little homes with no roads in and they get around by horseback. I don’t think they really ever get out and they just live off the rivers and the land with no electricity or running water. We had roast turkey, salmon and steak lunch at the camp and then flew back to Managua.
So farewell to Nicaragua for now. January 1st we fly back to Vancouver. We’ve rented a condo downtown a block from our place. We plan to spend time with family and friends and wait to see what lies ahead for us in the new year. Pretty much the same as January 2013 and that all worked out great! Adios!