Aqua Terra Tech's Nicaragua Adventure

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Down but not out due to GI issues

About 6 of us have already had some digestive issues and are doing everything we can to fight it. It makes working tough and we´ve occassionally had to pack it in and rest for the day after or during the field work. It makes for a rough going, but it´ll help us add to our motto: Rugged, Dependable, Weather Resistant, and always carrying medication for gas and field TP. Hopefully this will pass soon,
Rob

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Saturday

Update Since Monday:

ATT departed Minagua and drove to Boaco. Here we are staying in a plseant family-owned inn, which is at my personal favorite hotel I have ever stayed at. It makes me feel very comfortable: the toilets are flushed with a bucket, we take a hobo bath every once in a while, and we eat rice and beans.

We have been having loger days of field work, which is very satisfying--and our reason for the trip. When things don´t always go quite as planned (the Latin root of ´field work´), then things can be frustrating. However, we have been able to do some data analysis in the evenings, which is satisflying.

Boaco is everying and nothing like I expected. I knew it was hilly, but it is in fact extremely mountainous. The roads are heaving pavers on slopes that would put hou8ghton to shame. the people are very nice, and friendly, and well-dressed. the things that people have and don´t have surpirse me; this povertry has a certain spice which i have never tasted. the streets are crowded with people everywhere and nowhere criss-crossing it and trucks with horns beeping.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

all arived

Hi,
The rest of the group just arrived. One sad thing Jill forgot to mention is that Jason is staying home in Grand Rapids due to a nasty throat cold thing. Hope he´s doing better.

We are just about to hit the pool-bar and then we head into Boaco in the morning. I hope to get some work done in the afternoon, so hopefully we can get on it.

Rob

Delayed start...

Unfortunately, only four of us (Greg, Andrea, Bill, and I) have made it to Managua! The others were delayed leaving from Hancock, MI and are scheduled to join us tonight. This means that we are arriving in Boaco (originally scheduled for today) tomorrow, and the four of us already here get to spend the day relaxing in the sun by the pool!

Our plane landed last night around 9pm and were all setted in the hotel by 10pm - a lot smoother than I remember things from last year! So, we took a dip in the pool and drank a Tona (Nicaraqua beer = good). We just filled our bellies with rice and beans (which I have been CRAVING), papaya, pineapple, cheese, eggs, corn muffins, and coffee at the restaurant in the hotel. I am about to crack open my book and try to adjust to the heat and humidity - I am already looking forward to the dryer and cooler climate in Boaco (as compared to Managua, not Houghton!).

- Jill Barbour

Saturday, December 23, 2006

2007 Boaco Trip

Howdy readers,
We're getting ready to return to Nicaragua for January 1st-15th, 2007 to do some more surveys. We've got some brand new equipment and have used some new techniques to choose more promising survey locations.
Those going this year are:
Greg LeFevre,
Andrea Krevinghaus,
Poonam Reddy Ramesh Babu,
Jason Kneibel,
Rob Porritt (currently writing this post)
John Gierke,
Debbie Huntzinger,
Jill Barbour,
Randy Fish,
Miriam Rios Sanchez.

Sadly Moises will not be able to join us, but we are going to meet up with Essa for a time.

We plan on working hard for nearly two weeks doing surveys and then having a nice big 2-day vacation at the end.

We leave Monday the 1st. Wish us luck!
Rob

Friday, December 23, 2005

Last day - traveling home

Today we woke up early and are preparing to get on our plane to Houston. It´ll be sad saying goodbye to this country and especially to our guide, Moises. Boarding starts at 7 15am which is in about 20minutes. We all worked hard and had a lot of fun on this trip. Everyone is safe, all our tummies are full, and though none want to leave, we´re all ready for our own homes. Thanks for following the blog, and happy holidays,
Rob

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Katy and Gary 12-21-05

Today we really did not do much in respect to work. We did a little field work till 10 to finish things up, but then after that we spent the day eating, relaxing, and playing cards. We all went to the market for last minutes gifts, which consisted primarily of rum. Katy, Mike and I went to 3 different beer stores for this reason, one we even visited twice. It seems like us gringos have cleaned Boaco out of its rum supply. Till next time.

Adios

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Greetings

Hola Amigos,

All is well here in the 80 degree weather. Although I think most of us are looking forward to the snow when we get back, rumor has it that there is a good amount on the ground. We´ve been quite explorative here in the last day or so with going around to many different sites and performing quick surveys just so we can get a good perimeter of the geology of the city. Not to much else new today. Just about time for lunch so we will be in touch later on.

Hasta Luago

-Miguel