Monday, December 31, 2012

Where in the world are Pat and Debbie?

looking up the Rio Escondido in El Rama - Nicaragua

During our Circuit Assembly last weekend we discussed with Brother Schleper where there was need in Nicaragua. One area that he mentioned was the Atlantic Coast - Bluefields and Pearl Lagoon. Since our lease on our apartment is finished at the end of February we thought now would be a good time to check out the area so that if we think it is an area we would like to move to the timing would be right. Of the two areas we decided to take a look at Pearl Lagoon.

How do you get to Pearl Lagoon? Well, for those of us on a tight budget it means taking public transportation from León to Managua. In Managua you need to go to the Ivan Montenegro terminal where you can get a bus to El Rama. The bus we took left Managua at 9:15 p.m. and arrived in El Rama at 3:15 a.m.

Some travelers went in style and had a nice comfy bed for the entire trip. The rest of us had to endure typical bus seating - at least the seats reclined a little!
bus companion on the trip to Bluefields

Once we arrived in El Rama it was necessary to travel by panga (small boat) to Bluefields and then take another panga to our final destination - Pearl Lagoon. Pearl Lagoon is a small community with less than 9000 inhabitants (as of 2005).

view of Pearl Lagoon as you arrive on the panga

Here are a couple of Lora's that live at Casa Ulrich - the place that we are staying at for 3 nights. On Wednesday we will be moving to the home of a sister for the rest of our trip.

Lora's at Casa Ulrich - Pearl Lagoon, Nicaragua
We have already been able to attend the Sunday meeting and we were out in service today. We need to develop an ear for the language here - they speak English in this part of Nicaragua but it is different than what we are used to. Sentences tend to be short and not very elaborate. There is a very Caribbean feel.
meeting a return visit and sitting down to study in.....

a cemetery 
Tomorrow for service we are going to a neighboring town - Haulover. Stay tuned for more news from Nicaragua's Atlantic Coast!