Day 1 – May 11, 2011:

Today is the day of departure for the much anticipated implementation trip to Nicaragua. So far everything is running smoothly. The vans are checked out and everyone is on time to depart for the El Paso Airport. Once at the airport we run into a few dilemmas involving the weight of our checked baggage. Any baggage over 50 pounds will result in a 200 dollar fee. Upon hearing this, we scramble and disassemble our tool cases and distribute supplies among each other. We are off to Houston International. It appears that the rest of the trip will run smoothly until I try to check in and Continental Airlines tells me I have no ticket. A few curse words and nine hundred dollars later I am on the flight to Managua.

We land in-country and make it through customs without any problems. The major reactions among the group involve the heat and humidity. Finally, we are at our hostel which greets us with hot rooms and cold showers. This is okay since most of us are exhausted. We hit the sack to prepare for our journey northward to Condega.

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