On our last full day in Central America, we took a trip to the beach near Leon, Nicaragua. Most of the group had a nice relaxing day walking up and down the Nicaraguan coast or playing volleyball, while others challenged some nice beach waves for fun. The beach was a beautiful and relaxing site to embrace, and we mixed and mingled with locals enjoying the ocean with family and friends and a few tourists from other countries. Everyone had the option to rent surfboards or take surf lessons to challenge the waves. Few dared to challenge the 2-3 meter breakers. Those who did took a tumble under the massive waves. Many of us enjoyed classic body surfing or jumping over the waves for a little fun. The service and food at the local restaurants were exceptional. Later in the afternoon, we had to clean up (as much as possible), pack up, and head to our last destination of the trip.
After some rain, heavy traffic, and taking a wrong turn, we arrived at our hotel in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. After arriving, we cleaned up and headed to our last meal together. After abandoning the hotel restaurant because it was too crowded and slow, we shared some pizza in the hotel lobby for our last meal together. It wasn’t exactly local cuisine, but it satisfied the bellies of our hungry group and gave us a chance to discuss the past two weeks. As we shared stories and favorite memories, it was great to reflect on all of the funny moments, cultural experiences, visits with locals, and time with Mission Lazarus that we were a part of during our trip. After dinner everyone went back to their rooms to get some rest for a very early flight the next morning.
Some of us ended the day with sunburns, but overall the day was a relaxing and great way to finish our two-week experience in Central America.
COBA Management Major
Class of 2014