As the sun rose, we rose with it to start our journey from Pittsburgh to Nicaragua. The day started off slow as the 24 of us boarded a bus to Cleveland with sleepy eyes and lots of yawns. The chatter was kept to a minimum as we loaded 25 large bags of medications and hygiene supplies onto the bus. Both nerves and excitement could be felt in the air as everyone prepared for the week ahead. As soon as we got to the airport, the group began to come alive with excitement. We began playing card games, doing crossword puzzles and trying our hand at some riddles. We all began to come out of our shells, shake off our nerves and remember why we were spending 18 hours traveling to Central America. We were excited for the chance to make an impact and give back to the global community. Although the day did not go as smoothly as we hoped, we finally made it to our rooms around 1 am with high spirits looking forward to the upcoming week.
-Casey Salandra, Brigader