Category: Nicaragua

make a house a home by taking the same apron on your travels

I counted on my fingers the number of homes we’ve had over the last nineteen months and couldn’t believe my open hands—we’ve moved TEN times!  Then I wondered why I wasn’t dizzy, and how with all this flickering about in Central America, have we ever felt genuinely at home?  I pondered this question as I punched my fists down into my first lump of dough in this house.  As it rose, was formed into shape, and finally filled the rooms…

Pick-Pocket Proof Pants by Clothing Arts

A few months back, the genius designer over at Clothing Arts was cool enough to send us two pairs of “Pick-Pocket Proof” pants to test out.  Since then, we’ve worn them across a Central American border cross, from San José to the States and back, and while adventuring around our current home base in Costa Rica. While in Granada, Nicaragua, we had ample opportunities to make sure they lived up to their name. In Nicaragua, Chris practically lived in his Convertible Travel…

Kids looking over Apoyo Lagoon in Catarina, Nicaragua

A huge plus to living abroad with my children is the opportunity to see raw and nearly magical displays of Mother Nature.  My two kids soak in views that could be painted in their bedtime storybook and embark on adventures filled with fantasy.  Now, we haven’t seen any fairies yet, but we have played beneath sunsets so drenched in peaches, purples and pinks, that you’d think someone had cast a spell over the sky.  Nature has surprised us time and…

Education Plus volunteer hugs a Nicaraguan child

While in Granada, I was honored to receive an invitation to tour an organization called Education Plus.  During our time in Nicaragua, we were struck by the number of street children that gathered around tourists in popular areas, begging for food or for just one cordoba.  This was grieving to witness, but I wasn’t aware of how bad it was outside of town.  The children of Pantanal, who live in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Granada and in the…

Traveling with kids in Nicaragua

One of the major issues of being able to live anywhere in the world is that you have too many options.  Some countries only allow a short term stay due to visa requirements, but a true vagabond doesn’t find difficulty in this.  Say I want to live in Europe, but am traveling on a US passport?— I can only stay three months in the Schengen zone, and then must exit for three months. We can work with this problem.  We…

Xalteva Park, Granada, Nicaragua

Have you ever experienced the thrill of being robbed in Central America?  If you haven’t yet, it might very well become your best travel story.  In most tourist destinations down here, it’s the non-violent variety of theft you want to look out for. You can push your odds by following these six simple guidelines when… 1—On the bus Have too much to carry?  Is that backpack weighing you down?  Go ahead and place it on the shelf above your seat…

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