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When I close my eyes

When I close my eyes

Firsts, of all kinds, have ways of incubating and morphing into better versions of themselves over time. The older I get, the more I start to question whether I had the “First” experience, or if the “First” experience had me. First kisses,...

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I woke up this morning to my usual tall glass of iced coffee, logged on to my computer and saw that we reached a very special milestone for this blog. We broke a million hits, which I never ever thought would happen. We are obviously touched by this accomplishment and...
Chili cook off for a charity

Chili cook off for a charity

It doesn’t get much better than seeing friends, eating different types of chili and donating for a worthy cause, all at the same time. The annual chili cook off raises money for Puedo Leer, a non-profit community library, in Granada. The event was packed and...
Children and pets

Children and pets

We recently moved to a larger home, outside of Granada, with a huge yard and a nice sized pool. Since we now have adequate space, we’ve decided to surprise the girls with newly hatched chicks and baby bunnies. The girls were so patient in our efforts for getting...
The power of one

The power of one

My wife has said on many occasions what she likes most about living in here is her ability to affect change and make a positive impact in the community. As most readers know, Nicaragua is a poor country, but what some people may not realize, is Nicaragua is a happy...
The school’s Christmas show at Parque Xalteva

The school’s Christmas show at Parque Xalteva

Christmas productions, put on by children, no matter where they are performed, are adorable. Our school decided to make their annual production a community event, open to the public, at Parque Xalteva. And a good choice it was! Every passerby was treated to nice music...
La Purisima, loud and beautiful

La Purisima, loud and beautiful

La Purisima, is the loud and beautiful 9 day celebration for the Virgin Mary. In Nicaragua, no celebration is complete without copious amounts of fireworks and penetratingly loud music. What distinguishes la Purisima from other celebrations is that it starts at 4 in...
School play, Three Little Pigs

School play, Three Little Pigs

Last week our school put on the annual winter play which, this year, was The Three Little Pigs. The kids poured their hearts into this acting affair. The audience, primarily comprised of kids, were mesmerized by the acting abilities of their friends. Just for the...
Oktoberfest in Granada

Oktoberfest in Granada

Charlie’s Restaurant is, a German eatery, just outside old town in a residential area of Granada. The girls and I went there for our Oktoberfest dinner. They wore their dirndls and later danced in the aisles to the um-papa music. It was very cute, and in the...
Portraits from Latin America

Portraits from Latin America

Memories are, oddly enough, like a fruit salad. Though the fruits commingle, each remains an individual part of the salad. Take a single item out and it’s no longer a salad but a piece of fruit. This occurs with travel memories as well, and although the names...
Stone soup and making new friends

Stone soup and making new friends

Those who know us personally would agree that our home is an open door, where the bar and kitchen are for everyone’s enjoyment. We always love having people over, no matter where we are, which usually results in making solid friendships fast. Yes, on occasion I...
Animals not viewed as pets

Animals not viewed as pets

One of the saddest aspects of the developing world is how they take care, or neglect to take care of their domesticated pets. We have heard and seen things over the years that would depress the unsuspecting. If you are queasy, this is probably the time to stop reading...
When a place on a map becomes a place in your heart

When a place on a map becomes a place in your heart

We have been very busy the last couple of weeks, since returning from the Corn Islands. The Nicaraguan elections took place and for us, in Granada, it felt more like a Thanksgiving afternoon than what the US embassy was reporting could happen. In fact, none of the...
The journey was half the fun

The journey was half the fun

Flying to and from Corn Island was half the fun. The tiny planes are cramped, so anyone suffering from claustrophobia, should be aware, this may be a Valium kind of flight. The ceiling inside the plane was little more than 4 feet high. The island’s size comes...
Reloxin’ an’ stayin’ Tron-quill

Reloxin’ an’ stayin’ Tron-quill

As the title suggests, “Relaxing and staying tranquil” is alive and well on the Corn islands. As we leave the Corn islands, and their roughly 6,000 inhabitants, we are left with questions and observations that will last well into the future. Could it be,...
Alas the Spanish galleon was not to be

Alas the Spanish galleon was not to be

We had another unique morning but it wasn’t the same as the first morning sensory overload. I think on the first morning, we were so bewildered by the beauty and nature that if you would have told us there were unicorns around the bend, we would have believed...
Coyote ugly, Corn Island style

Coyote ugly, Corn Island style

Well, let it not be said, that we don’t have a knack for slipping into the action. The school teacher for the hotel owner’s kids was celebrating her birthday party and we were invited to attend. Some of the kids, including ours, were dancing and having a...