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An honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay

An honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay

This is Mike…Elise and I are always amazed at how hard people physically work, here in Nicaragua. Setting aside the issues of why one system is different than another for a moment, these people truly work incredibly hard. We constantly see job sites where heavy...
Nicaragua’s season of plenty

Nicaragua’s season of plenty

This is Mike…One of the cooler aspects about visiting a different country is tasting produce that you may not have eaten otherwise. In Central America there is a very pronounced dry season from March through May. The dry season impacts grocery prices and even...
Granada’s hipica no es tipica

Granada’s hipica no es tipica

This is Mike…Hipicas, or horse parades, are common place in much of Latin America. In Nicaragua they take their hipicas seriously, but none so seriously as la hipica de Granada. Usually when driving the countryside in Nicaragua one sees skinny, sickly, worked to...
Penas Blancas border crossing

Penas Blancas border crossing

This is Mike…Well we finally had to extend our tourist visa as 90 days was upon us already. We did, like the thousands of others do, and crossed Nicaragua’s southern border with Costa Rica at the Penas Blancas check point. This time was different than past...
4th grade pool party

4th grade pool party

This is Mike…We have been busy, the last week or so, running around, fixing my computer, school functions and getting ready for visitors. Now that the dust has settled I can finally get caught up on the blog. The weather has improved a lot making our time more...
Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Matagalpa, Nicaragua

This is Mike…We had to cut our trip to Selva Negra short because Zoe got a stomach bug and was barfing all night long. We were worried that she was getting too dehydrated and decided to get back to the more familiar surrounding of Granada in case it was serious....
Selva Negra (Black Forest) , Nicaragua

Selva Negra (Black Forest) , Nicaragua

This is Mike…We Decided to take a break from Granada and go to the cool mountains of northern Nicaragua, near the town of Matagalpa. Elise did research on the area and booked accommodations at Selva Negra http://www.selvanegra.com/ prior to us going up...
Sinsa, Nicaragua’s do it yourself center

Sinsa, Nicaragua’s do it yourself center

This is Mike…Sinsa is Nicaragua’s Lowe’s or Home Depot and as fate would have it, is actually owned by ACE Hardware. Funny thing how smaller brands in the US are major brands outside the US. Another example of a smaller or a bi-gone brand doing well...
So hot that the Devil called it quits

So hot that the Devil called it quits

This is Mike… I have been joking with friends and family about the heat in Granada. I usually draw giggles when I say, It’s so hot here that the Devil left town, and as he was leaving he looked over his shoulder and said, “Last person to leave...
End of the school year party

End of the school year party

This is Mike…We went to the end of school year party on the shores of Lago Colcibolca (Lake Nicaragua). The center of colonial Granada is situated just west of the lake within walking distance. The party was potluck style with the primary focus on games,...

Nicaragua border gong-show

Nicaragua border crossing into and out from the country is one of the biggest gong-shows in Central America. While last year it took lots of “no, no, no, noooo!” to stop them from spraying their carcinogen  fumigation inside the van, which ended up with...
Nicaragua, not just about the cost

Nicaragua, not just about the cost

This is Mike…We are getting some feedback on the dental post with some believing we came down here because it is cheaper than the states. Though affordable healthcare and a cheaper cost of living are benefits, we did not come here just for that. In fact, we...
Our new colonial rental

Our new colonial rental

This is Mike…Yesterday, while Elise was at Spanish class, I signed a 6 month lease on a colonial property with an option to extend. She and I wanted a better place that was closer to the kid’s school. The only thing we wish our new rental had was a big...
Dental visit in Granada

Dental visit in Granada

This is Mike…Today, my daughters and I got dental exams and cleanings. I should have known something was out of place when Dr. Franco Estein had me sit down in his antique salon-style chair, while his trusty assistant was raising an antenna out of the roof. He...
Poor as poor gets

Poor as poor gets

This is Mike…There too but for the grace of God go I is a beautiful saying. Seeing the poor, the so desperately poor, can give one a real jolt. I used to think that some of them created their own world. I thought some of them gave up versus the innocent ones...
Trash day in Granada

Trash day in Granada

This is Mike…Trash collection in Nicaragua is similar yet different to what we are accustomed to in the states, and as the whole is more labor intensive and less mechanical. In addition, trash pick-up days are more frequent at 3 times per week. Collecting...
Nicaragua’s renewable energy

Nicaragua’s renewable energy

This is Mike…Nicaragua’s renewable energy grid can easily be seen in and around the department (state) of Rivas. This tiny country is trying to breakaway from fossil fuels and hopes to do so in a matter of a few years. We saw the many windmills last year...

Expense Report – Central and South America

I know that everyone wants to know, how we are able to afford this trip and how much it costs. When planning for the world tour, i needed this information for myself. So before we left we decided to record our spending. We tracked every single purchase that we made on...