So this weekend I was a chaperon for the Middle School Youth Retreat to Ometepe Island. Ometepe is one of my favorite places in all of Nicaragua. The people are just wonderful and the pace of life is Super Nica. On the ferry ride over we rode with Eduardo Montalegre. He was one of the presidential candidates in the last election. I just learned that he is running for Mayor of Managua this year. We had to laugh at the security detail surrounding him. There were just two body guards and a few people from his party traveling with him. What a difference from the US.
So back to the retreat. Middle schoolers are a special breed. :-) They have limitless energy, don't require much sleep and run on high amounts of sugar and junk food. We hiked Maderas volcano on Saturday and really had a great time. The kids enjoyed the mud laguna at the top. Everyone survived and I think that they all were really proud of themselves for accomplishing such a big hike. 9 hours, 20 middle schoolers, 8 leaders, 2 guides, sweat and a few tears, lots of mud and not enough water = 1 conquered volcano.