Theo!

Theo!

The little bits and pieces of recent life in León:

A new addition to Nick’s house is Theo, a manx kitten.  He loves playing with feet, plastic bags, shoes, ants (go get’um hunter!) and climbing up the legs of my jeans so that I walk around with a kitten clinging to my hip and meowing frantically.

Yesterday NicaNet, the Nicaraguan Solidarity Network, published their October-September Monitor (monthly newsletter), with an article I wrote on the front page!  It’s a substantial piece, different from the ones I posted earlier on the Fulbright blog.  You can look at the whole publication on their website (linked above), or read just the SosteNica article here.

Last week there was a fantastic street theater performance by my friend Sobeyda.  She is in a theater troupe funded by the European Union, and worked with a rural community south of Managua to create a 1.5 hour long performance about the importance of preserving Nicaraguan culture in the face of globalization.  It was filled with stiltwalking, singing, dancing, and a participatory discussion afterward.  About 500 people crammed into the central square to watch.

Sobeyda (right), as a campasino woman, one of the many characters she played in the peice.

Sobeyda (right), as a campasino woman, one of the many characters she played in the peice.

Running off to Achuapa and El Sauce for a long weekend, to catch this theater peice another time, visit some friends in their villages, and work with CEPRODEL in El Sauce on Tuesday.  El Sauce and Achuapa are part of the department of León, but in the beginning of the northern mountains.  I’m looking forward to a cooler climate and the gorgeous views.