Monday, August 16, 2010

Vida de Videos

I know, I know, it’s been far too long since I last updated. I would insert a few excuses here but they would all be sorta lame and I’m too excited about sharing some sweet videos! So grab a bowl of popcorn and some Milk Duds and get ready to catch a visual and musical glimpse of life in Nica.

Back in February or March, a mutual friend of Patrick and Thomas (two fellow Jesuit Volunteers in Nicaragua) sent the two of them a video project that she did with her students. In the video, the students asked Patrick and Thomas questions about Nicaragua and, being JV’s with creative and playful imaginations, Patrick and Thomas filmed and created the following video in response. I wanted to share it because it shows some of the daily sights and sounds and excitement of my life. Plus, I make a debut appearance!

Below is the video that Patrick and Thomas responded to in case you are interested in viewing it as well. 

The next three videos are music videos of songs that I currently enjoy. I chose these particular three because there’s a little bit of English in all of them and they’re all quite popular right now, which means that I hear them all at least twice a day (so it’s a good thing I like ‘em!). Welcome to my daily musical soundtrack… I hope you enjoy!

Although I’m a little embarrassed to post an Enrique Iglesias song on here, I have to admit that I haven’t loved an Enrique song as much as this one since I was in seventh grade… 

As the World Cup theme song, this song makes me feel so united to the rest of the world, especially with the language mix. I loved experiencing the World Cup from another country because I witnessed how empowered and excited Nicaraguans were to cheer on a team and follow the games up to the final one. I just imagined that this enthusiastic energy was emanating from all over the world and that made me feel empowered and excited. Now every time I hear this song, I relive those feelings. 

I would venture to guess that most of you have heard the song “Stand by Me” before but I especially love this version because the words and music are set to a bachata rhythm. Bachata is a popular style of dance in Nicaragua that’s super fun and, even better, gringos usually aren’t half bad at it!