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Lake Nicaragua

Currently I am pursuing a master's degree in International Communication at the University of Florida. In past iterations I have worked as a grammarian, realtor in the state of Alabama, water closet salesgirl (water closet is a fancy word for toilet), and caterer, where I was mostly involved in event planning but got my hands dirty in the kitchen when necessary. This seemingly disparate background has provided me with strong communication skills, experience working with folks from all walks of life, and, perhaps most importantly, the ability to make a killer hors d'oeuvres tray.

cool restaurant This past summer, I traveled to Nicaragua with the UF in Nicaragua Program. The experience was inspiring, to say the least (unfortunately, the quality of my camera was not commensurate with my inspiration). These photos were taken at a restaurant in the colonial city of Granada, overlooking Lake Nicaragua. Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In was playing on the speakers, and the whole scene was very James Bond.

Aesthetics aside, we worked with three nongovernmental organizations over the course of six weeks: Jubilee House Community, Seeds of Learning, and ProNica. All host work groups, and I would strongly encourage anyone with the opportunity to participate in one of these trips to do so. A disclaimer: if you're one of those people who insists on having air conditioning, a freezing beverage or steaming hot shower (read: North American), don't expect Nicaragua to provide these for you. However, if you don't mind getting a little sweaty and want to spend some time living in solidarity with gente valiente y bondadosa (valiant and kind-hearted people), book your ticket.