My First Trip to Nicaragua
I spent three months in the drab, dusty farming city of Esteli, Nicaragua in the fall of 2009. As one of the most important cigar-producing cities in the world, miles and miles of tobacco fields surround Esteli, but I was in the city when I met an American soldier. I was eating and resting in a restaurant with a couple friends. The building was air conditioned and air conditioning was rare in Esteli and we rested in the cool air until it was time to leave. We paid for our meal and walked towards the exit. I heard in a Spanish accent, “What’s up, man?”.
Speaking with a young man yet to be rescued
One of my jobs for the World Race is speaking with applicants hoping to venture on the 11 month journey. I talk to them about the challenges in their life, both past and present, and I listen as they talk about their struggles.