Managua, Tuesday morning January 3, 2012
Most of the students should be arriving in about 4 hours and we’re scheduled to head off to San Ramon, after the arrival of the last student, at about 4 pm. A little slack time at Sandino International but also a chance to get something to eat, discuss the schedule a bit and get to know each other. Having only met my group in a much larger setting, months ago, it will be good to have some time to get acquainted before we arrive in San Ramon.
The schedule of activities is arranged – the big event this year will be the poetry workshop and performance on Sunday January 8, with other smaller high points before and after. We are scheduled to visit and interview Teofilo and his family in El Chile and conduct some interviews with cooperative members in La Hermandad. And now that I write that I wonder, why not arrange an interview with some of the women of the paper making cooperative, too?
I wanted to resurrect something I wrote in my journal from last year, in order to keep it alive and subject it to reflection and revision this year.
“The challenge … is creating conditions for the integration of the genuine experience – not a pushing away due to difference, but a pushing through to a different place.”