Gotta get me some of that bus quesillo

I just realized how long it’s been since I wrote a blog post. My last one was a massive downer, but I assure you that I’ve been feeling awesome since I wrote it. I’ve just been very very busy and haven’t taken the time to compile my thoughts.

A few days ago, we got our site assignments! I planned to write a long post about the whole process and my thoughts for what it would be like, but it’s too late for that, because I’m actually in my site for a quick visit!

I’m in a lovely town in the department of Matagalpa! I was thrilled with that announcement, because I’m going to be living surrounded by mountains and rivers and places to hike.

The journey here felt a little long. It’s Sunday, so there wasn’t an express bus to my town. We ended up taking two separate ruteados, and one of them blew a tire and added a good hour to our trip. 

When we arrived at the bus terminal in Boaco to change buses, I was starving, and I bought some quesillo from a vendor who came on our bus. (I feel like this is one of many, many inside jokes that I shouldn’t try to explain, but I’m going to try anyway.)

On most buses, there are vendors who come on and walk down the aisles trying to sell you everything from food and drinks to flashlights and razors. For about 10 weeks now, I’ve jokingly said, “gotta get me some of that bus quesillo,” because there’s nothing sketchier than dairy products being sold by a stranger on a crowded bus.

Anyway, I bought and ate the quesillo and it was delicious and I have no regrets.

I’ll write a better post later with more details about my site and new host family, but for now I’ll just leave you with a few random facts about my day:

  • I visited the mother of one of my co-teachers, and she made a comment about my makeup and I thought I misunderstood what she was saying because I haven’t even opened my makeup bag in Nicaragua. When I told her that I don’t have any makeup, she pointed to different parts of her face and asked, “you don’t have anything here?” and I was like, “I mean, I sweat a lot, so…” 
  •  My room is huge and has its own bathroom. Two other volunteers lived here before me, and both of them left some stuff. My room has a bed, couch, desk, dresser, mirror! AND a bunch of floor space where I can pretend I’m gonna do yoga.
  • I got a cold last night. I was doing so well health wise, but now I’m spreading snot germs all over town.
  • (FYI my phone just tried to autocorrect snot to amor. Definitely not spreading love germs all over town.)

Ok I’ve rambled long enough. I mostly just wanted to write a quick something to let you know that all is well in the life of Jade.

Just to reiterate, I haven’t OFFICIALLY moved to my new site. I’m just here for a few days to meet teachers and get to know the town. I’ll move officially after swearing in as a volunteer in a couple weeks.

my host niece is obsessed with my iPhone and took a picture of me in my counterparts’ house

7 thoughts on “Gotta get me some of that bus quesillo

  1. Mom October 23, 2016 / 10:11 pm

    So glad you are near the mountains and hiking. I know you will definitely take advantage of those amenities. Sounds like your accommodations were a pleasant surprise. Glad you got to visit the area so you have an idea of your home for the next couple of years. Enjoy the journey sissy!

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  2. Anna October 24, 2016 / 7:48 am

    I looked up pictures of Matagalpa, and it’s lovely. The mountains and rivers!!!!!!!! 😀
    Your new room sounds pretty sweet. I had to look up what quesillo is… well. When in “Rome”… though now I really do want to try it, not going to lie.
    Excited about you getting sworn in and settled! I MISS YOU!

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    • Jade October 24, 2016 / 8:31 am

      I’m pretty sure you’d love quesillo. I was very skeptical but it was the only bus food available at the moment and I have no regrets.


  3. Andrew October 24, 2016 / 8:35 am

    I, too, remember the first time bus food changed from repulsing me to enticing me. #integrati


  4. Kay Sublett October 24, 2016 / 1:51 pm

    So happy for you and your own bathroom and a mirror. I know you will do just fine and time will pass fast for you. Hope you get a good bunch of kids at your new place. Sending love and hugs.

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