Live from Northern Jinotega, It´s SuperClutz!!

May 29th

Our group arrived in Managua yesterday and spent today traveling north to Jinotega. We¬¥ve yet to accomplish anything other than wearing ourselves out and eating our yearly quotas of fried meat. What the Nicaraguan diet lacks in diversity is made up in the items they¬¥ve thought to fry. Today¬¥s lunch included no fewer than five fried choices, to which I said, “Hello, rice and beans, old friends.”
So far the adventure has gone well. I¬¥ve got 12 other people on traveling with me — none of whom have ever been here before. Literally at each turn in the road there was an excited question about the cultural significance of plants, cars, paint, bricks, food, music, dress, etc. The first hour of the drive I found this amusing. The second hour it was annoying. The third and fourth hours I took the AfricanKelli irritation evacuation route by way of a good hard nap. Not so surprisingly, everyone is so much nicer after a two hour journey to siestaville.
Tomorrow we begin constructing houses and working on a water project. Manual labor, here I come. I´m more than a bit worried considering my lack of grace and propensity toward stupid injury. For example, I´m currently sporting a lovely burn on my upper lip. Why you ask? Because I thought I should have my lip waxed per trip preparation and the girl at the salon burned me. Lovely. (A stranger at the Houston airport had the balls to ask me if it was a fever blister. I said no, I was just trying to look like Katie Holmes.) Pair this lovely scab moustache with road burn down my right arm. Technically, it is hill burn. After I woke up from my two hour nap this afternoon while on the road to Jinotega, I realized I´d slept through the previous bathroom break. I begged our driver to stop, ran over to the side of the road to find a latrine and proceed to fall straight on my ass and down half a steep hill, only to be thankful I didn´t piss myself to make it worse. My wrist and hand are all cut up, but again, I have a feeling it isn´t anything a good nap could help make feel a bit better. Or a Nicaraguan beer. Or maybe a beer and then a nap.
Oh, the adventures of public health!

Cheers,
Kelli

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16 Responses

  1. Sarah HB May 29, 2006

    Oh my Kelli….I would probably do the same thing.

    I have had my eyebrows waxed only to have blisters on my eyebrows!

    Oh my, I do hope the trip improves.

  2. Oh my! Your adventures HAVE begun!

    Be safe!

    PS — I do get fever blisters when I am very stressed or sick (since I was a child), which turns out to be about once every year or two. If ANYone ever asked me that question, they would regret it!!!!! The fiery darts would come out of my eyes.

  3. Good luck with the house building! Be safe!! 🙂

  4. Oh I’m sorry I’m not supposed to be laughing, but I am, just a little, it’s the vision of you not pissing your knickers whilst sliding down a hill. But glad you’re ok!

  5. Glad you’re surviving the trip! I cannot believe the waxer burned you. that is horrible, you should report her and never go back. i would be so mad.

  6. Hope you didn’t already have your pants down when you fell! Here’s to wishing for no poison ivy!

  7. How exciting to hear about your trip. Our church is twinned with a church in embale in uganda. Teams go out constantly throughout the year assisting them in different ventures out there. I love it when the team comes back and shows us all the photo’s. They also bring back wonderful african bags and jewlerry to sell, and then send the money back to those who made the stuff. The fabric is just amazing.

  8. oh I just saw you like the film millions, it’s a family favourite in our house, just so funny”

  9. Dude. Try not to maim yourself on this trip, k? And your folks are worried about the “dangerous” countries you visit. I think those countries might be worried about YOU. Scary. Wuv you Donk. Be careful.

  10. Great post!! Hope your trip is getting better. Can’t wait to see the pics 🙂

  11. Beer & a nap sound great…I hope you had both! Take Care 🙂

  12. Enjoyed reading this 😉
    Take care!

  13. This, hot off the AP news-wire, illustrates the raw power of AfricanKelli when she really puts her mind to it. Enjoy Nicaragua, knowing that your “boost the Chicks” movement is well underway:

    The album “Taking the Long Way” took the top spot on country albums chart and the Billboard 200 overall chart – which are based on sales rather than radio airplay – with 526,000 units sold in its first full week.

  14. It’s great getting updates from the road. Please don’t hurt yourself (too badly) as that would really suck. People in the states still need your baked goods and sewn treasures, you know. 🙂

    Looking forward to hearing more!

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