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Patchwork Antigua

Patchwork Antigua

The city of Antigua is a tapestry of colour. To save you from having to do very much reading, this post is simply a patchwork quilt. A collection of some of the colourful walls and fabrics found on the streets of this UNESCO world heritage centre. Pour a cuppa. Set...
Expressing Gratitude

Expressing Gratitude

Thursday was Thanksgiving in the United States, a day originally meant to focus on strengthening relationships across cultures, religions, and colors. While this isn’t the forum for political chatter, lets just say the “state of the union” is pretty...
Elegant decay

Elegant decay

The crumbling, earthquake ravaged churches of Antigua are a photographer’s dream (and quite possibly a civil engineer’s nightmare). I wouldn’t go as far as calling myself a photographer, but I can categorically state I am not a civil engineer....
From the rubble

From the rubble

This post is about some things that people from our home town of Christchurch are sick of hearing about. Earthquakes. Rebuilding. And crumbling stone churches. It seems appropriate to be writing about the crumbling earthquake-ravaged churches of Antigua today. Just as...
Lakeside living

Lakeside living

A life of travel is certainly not destined to be one of routine. Since we were making reasonable progress in our Spanish classes and enjoying our time stopped in one place again, it wasn’t long before our time in San Pedro la Laguna stretched to eight weeks. But...
One More Trip Around the Sun

One More Trip Around the Sun

It’s that time again~ one more year on this trip around the sun. In past years, I have had the privilege of celebrating my birthday in some rather astonishing locations, both near and far; Paris, Mexico, Australia, and most often, the stunning beaches of Oregon....
Laundry

Laundry

Obviously we need to wash our clothes from time to time on the road as well. The hotter the weather the more often the wash. There are some days when wearing the same shirt the third day in a row it’s all-rightish. Now if you think laundry in the North American...
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,...
Little Corn island for the day

Little Corn island for the day

We decided to go to Little Corn island and check out the action, or lack of it, for the day. We had a bumpy boat ride in the straight between the islands which left us not feeling too good when we first arrived to the island. However, we quickly bounced back once we...
How do you spell paradise? CORN ISLANDS

How do you spell paradise? CORN ISLANDS

We decided to take a break from Granada and explore the Corn Islands for a few days. We’ve only been here for the day and we’ve already extended our stay because it is so nice here! For those of you who have read our blog entries, last year, regarding the...
The school’s annual Halloween party

The school’s annual Halloween party

Here are some images of the school’s annual Halloween party. As you will see below, it is similar in many ways to North America. However, celebrating Halloween in Nicaragua isn’t wildly popular like other parts of the world, never-the-less it is becoming...
Beach drive just north of Granada

Beach drive just north of Granada

Zoe and I went with some friends to the beaches just north of Granada. The vistas were amazing, with several volcanoes in the background. We had a mini picnic on a quiet beach away from it all. What wasn’t amazing though, was the trash and dead fish strewn along...
Halloween costumes Granada style

Halloween costumes Granada style

Halloween is a wonderful time of year, and like most Americans, I can still remember my childhood days collecting goodies and wearing cool costumes. In Granada, it has been a learning curve navigating different shops trying to couple items together to make a costume...