Blogs from Capital Region, Nicaragua, Central America Caribbean - page 9


So it feels like ages since I have written… and in fact it has been months. I have received many messages from you all wondering if perhaps you were doing something wrong because you have not been able to get blog updates… well rest assured it is me not you. I have been in Nicaragua for almost 4 months now. It is very crazy to think so many months have passed by and yet in many ways I still feel like I am adjusting to our new lives here in Nicaragua. There have been numerous changes since September though. For one I have more or less a set job…although it is in no way defined or consistent. As I had originally hoped, I joined the Rural team here with Cantera in the beginning of October and ... read more
Aparato A
La competencia

The project I have worked most closely with is ¨huertos familiares¨ or Family Vegetable Gardens. This project involves traveling to the rural communities outside of Managua and working with the families to grow their own fruits and vegetables. While each community is different, many of the families grow their own beans and corn (two of the staple Nica foods along with rice). Some families have 1 or 2 members who work outside of the community in various jobs, and some have members who travel to Managua to work. That being said, after the bills are paid and basic foods bought, these families have little money left over. Their diets therefore consist largely of beans, corn, and rice… and little vegetables. Vegetables are expensive and can mean travelling outside the community to buy them. With our vegetable ... read more
Planting with caution.
Doña Fidelia digs her first raised bed!
Dominga proudly shows off her harvest!

Am in Managua on my laptop at the super nice Best Western hotel directly across from the airport. We are at the All Volunteer Conference, which means all 200 or whatever volunteers in Peace Corps Nicaragua are together with nearly all of the staff. We've been in conferences all afternoon and will be all day tomorrow, and then several of us have signed up for Thanksgiving dinner with US Embassy host families. Am loving hot showers and rich food and air conditioning. Overwhelming to be with so many people; we tend to self segregate into our Agriculture group or, for me, also hanging with other volunteers that live in my department of Madriz. Photo blogs coming next... ... read more

If you were to get into your car right now, and start driving south, you would eventually hit the Mexican border. And if you were to keep going, and keep going some more, and then some more, you would eventually end up on the Panamerican Highway, passing through Guatemala, Honduras, and then Nicaragua. And then about an hour north of Managua, you would notice some brightly colored birds on the side of the road, and you might be shocked that such an exotic flock of pajaros is concentrated in one spot, on the side of the highway, of all places! But if you were to slow down, you would notice that all those birds are made of wood, carved by machete, and if you were to stop and take an ever closer look, you would be ... read more
my friend Harold
hanging out

Yay! In Managua with Lenin! Went to the embassy this morning and his tourist visa was approved! Next step, get tickets and get home for Christmas! EEE!!! ... read more

Because today is a list day: Things I love: -free medical care, thank you taxpayers and the peace corps -the hotdog lady who has set up shop outside the office, since we are in a rich part of town and there is NOTHING to be eaten on a volunteer budget, except her hotdogs. Things I don't love: -cavities -chest exrays and "things" in my lungs -being away from my home in the mopo and my fiance longer than i planned -managua heat -having to defend my decision to get married to lenin and convince people that i fell in love to be continued I'm thinking too much here. Hot showers and free internet will make the best PCV overthink their service. It's freaking Thursday and I am so excited to get back to my site, after ... read more

Hmmm apparently my last post... didn't post. This weekend ran away to the beach in Leon. Met up with my volunteers who had medical stuff on Thursday, and I have mine today... so a weekend at the beach was a good compromise. Now I'm back in Managua. Went to have a chest xray because of my bronchial coughing in the mornings when it's cold. Fun. Then to the dentist for a cleaning. Had a cavity. That sucks. But she filled it, no prob. I do have to say, though, that I am impressed where PC sends us. They are all super fachenta and I usually feel underdressed from the richest of rich Managua men and women who are decked out to go to the doctor or wherever. Which is great since we are in a developing ... read more

Por fin!! After about two months of orientation and language school we are finally here in our house in Managua! It is VERY exciting! We arrived last Sunday morning and have spent the week setting up the house and getting to know the different projects Cantera has. It has been very exciting but exhausting at the same time. Cantera has a great variety of projects located all through-out the city and in surrounding towns and rural communities. Right now there are about 10 different projects in which I would love to work! We are hoping to have a better idea of our specific assignments by the end of next week. In addition to getting to know Cantera, we have also been trying to get to know our neighborhood (barrio) and neighbors (vecinos). I’ll fill you in ... read more

Day 2 started with Sarah and I waking up slightly earlier than the other girls and going for a walk down to the water. It wasn't a long walk and there wasn't much to see down there. There was a bit of a beach but nothing exciting. We could tell from our half hour walk though, that it was going to be a HOT day! After breakfast at the hotel, we walked down to the Bearded Monkey where we had signed up for a day trip to The Monkey Hut. On our walk we ran into a local parade in early celebration of independence day (Sept 15). Once at The Bearded Monkey, we paid our money to register for the trip, then went to an internet cafe to catch up on e-mails before heading off for ... read more
Walk to the Beach
Local Parade
The Monkey Hut

Well. So yesterday I called the office about this chagas business and some other things that have been going on, and they were like, sure, but you need to come tomorrow and be here by 11am. The problem with that is that the first bus out of my community at 6:30 lets me take the 7:45 expresso which doesn't even arrive in Managua until 11:30. So my alarm went off at 4:00am and I was walking down the mountain by 4:40 in the darkness before dawn. And I got on an expresso that got to Managua on time. However, having not eaten, I stopped at a stand in the bus station to buy a sandwhich, and in the 10 seconds that my hand was on my money bag and not on my backpack, someone ROBBED MY ... read more

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