El Crucero

Michelle Sun, 01/05/2014 - 00:06

El Crucero. We arrived on a school bus stuffed full of witnesses who were all riding back from the convention together. The town of El Crucero is about 30 minutes away from the outskirts of Managua. It's far enough away so we feel safe here. The town is quite small. I think there are technically a lot of people who live in the town, but there really isn't much of anything available here as far as stores, restaurants, etc... There are 2 little tiendas (stores) the size of a small bedroom that are basically are INSIDE the owner's house and they just sell chips, sodas, deodorant, toothpaste, and chicklets.

There is a small "hotel" if you would call it that.... which has a little restaurant in it. There were two tables with tablecloths and four chairs situated outside the little window. Paola and I tried this happening spot, and though it was a little expensive (C$105 for Jalapano chicken = $6 US) it was quite tasty and will serve well for an occasional 'fancy night on the town'. There is a little market (consisting of about 4 or 5 different 'vendors' each with 1 table with a small pile of fruit and a few veggies). Buses pass very often heading to Managua, Jinotepe (where I check my email) and the Beach (which is beautiful, by the way). The bus costs C$ 7 which is about.... 40 cents.

Our house is right smack on the main road, and in front of the kingdom hall. It's really neat, convienient for service and meetings but I don't know how long we'll stay here. We're looking to get our own house soon. The girls we're rooming with are really nice. One of them, Breanne, has been here for 2 years and she's fluent in Spanish now. The other, Lacy, for 6 months. Pao and I are really eager to get settled into our own place though, especially since some other friends in the hall Brian & Michelle have a 3 bedroom house for $120 US a month. And it's a really great place, and away from the main road. This road that we live on is basically the main highway that crosses all of Central America. When we walk out the door and look at the road, if walk to my right, I would eventually get to El Salvador. If I walked left, I would walk to Costa Rica. Pretty cool, right?? Well, it is... except that so many major trucks, cars, buses, tractor trailers, etc... pass through here, right past our window, honking their horns and using those big trailer truck breaks that make SO much noise, especially at 4 or 5 in the morning. It doesn't make for the most restful sleep in the world. But we like it just the same.

The other thing that is new to us to adjust to is the frequent power and water outages! The night we arrived there was water and Breanne urged us to take showers quickly. We dilly-dally'd too long though, and before you knew it, the water was gone. Why? Who knows. The town just shut it off for some reason. So we didn't get showers that night... All too often, we have found that we take bucket baths, heating up warm water on the stove to 'shower' with. I've done this before, in Belize, so it wasn't a huge surprise. And actually not as difficult as you might imagine. And you *can* install a water tank system, there actually is one in the house we're staying at, however there's something wrong with the lines and for some reason it isn't working... they're planning on fixing it, but "manana".

Oh there's more coming but i've run out of time to keep typing... more stories to come!

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