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Good Works and Good Folklore

January 17, 2020

BIO/GEO 675: Biology and Geography of Nicaragua

January 16, 2020

Before I begin I just want to explain that this trip is split up into two groups. There is group A and group B…group A went to their work day while the other got to go on an excursion. I am in group B therefore I got explore the island today. Our day started around 7 am and included some oatmeal and bananas. After an hour or so we started to sort medications and donations for the work day group. Along with the many medical supplies were clothes. These donations would go to the locals. This process took about an hour and was put together very well.

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I have to say I love this group of people because we can be loud when we want to be and completely professional when we need to be. Around 10 am we left to our destination which was Chacan Verde. This place wasn’t as beautiful as the many islands but it definitely was unique. There were vibrant flowers that had a perfume like scent and plants that were different shades of green.

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While admiring the vegetation we learned about the history behind Chacan verde. People believe that there is an underground world where Chacan verde stands. Supposedly there is a man or “el Diablo” that will kidnap people, take them to the underground world and turn them into pigs or cows. Due to this legend you won’t see many locals wondering around alone on the grounds.

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On a happier note we got to see a lot of butterflies and the blue ones in particular were the prettiest. Not to be corny or anything but this trip is kind of like a butterfly, it takes a while to come out of that cocoon but once you do you will fly. Another great day here in Nica and I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.

 


About the Nicaragua Study Tour

THE TRAVEL DATES

Jan. 10-24, 2020

THE INSTRUCTORS

Geospatial Science Prof. Matt Zorn

Biology Prof. Paul Martino

AN INTRO

During this study tour, students will be performing several projects and experiments on the waters of the island Ometepe. Among these educational experiences on the fascinating environment, students will also get to submerge into the history and culture of Nicaragua as they temporarily reside in the city of Altagracia. Through all this, they will gain a new perspective of the land and people of Nicaragua.

Writer

Norrie Legare ’21