All around us, the neighborhood abounds with lushly landscaped tropical gardens. Our development was part of a large finca, and many neighbors have put a lot of effort in re-inventing those former pastures. Several of the properties on our hill are veritable showplaces, simply gorgeous. Those owners are all avid gardeners and love to play […]Read more "Our Future Jungle"
There was a great selection of tomatoes at the feria this morning and for roughly 75 cents per kilo, you really can’t pass up such a bargain. Time to make another bucket of Roasted Tomato Salsa! We don’t have fancy, almost extinct, extra flavorful and aromatic heirloom species around here. Just tomatoes, lots of them. […]Read more "Roasted Tomato Salsa – again"
Imagine for a moment that we’re still in Granada, still taking in the sights and sounds of Nicaragua, perambulating through the pedestrian zone, hanging a hard right into Calle Cervantes, while impressions of Spanish-colonial architecture inundate the senses. All those three-meter-tall carved doors, wrought iron gates, creamy colors, mosaic glass windows and wooden trim swirling madly in the […]Read more "‘La Casa de Los Tres Mundos’ GRANADA, parte 3"
Following our trip to Nicaragua, I’ve read everything I could find on the internet about Spanish-Colonial life in Central America in general & in Nicaragua specifically, about the political situation under Spanish rule and about post-colonial politics. This fascinating subject matter was so absorbing and engaging, I got completely sidetracked, reading for days, never writing […]Read more "GRANADA : Una Excursión Nicaragüense, Parte 2"
Yesterday we finally managed to visit a local attraction, which everyone seems to like quite a bit. It’s called Zoo Ave and it isn’t really a zoo – despite its name. It’s a countrywide non-profit organization dedicated to rescue and rehabilitate wild animals, mostly forest creatures, so that they might be re-introduce into their natural […]Read more "Zoo Ave in La Garita: La Fundación Restauración de la Naturaleza"
In the middle of our weeklong home exchange vacation in Nicaragua, we embarked on a guided tour of some of the attractions in our area. Several friends, Ticos and Northerners alike, had raved about a variety of Nica destinations, three of which received unanimous thumbs up: la Isla de Ometepe in Lake Nicaragua, the city […]Read more "Una Excursión Nicaragüense"
When we first made arrangements for a home exchange vacation in Nicaragua, we developed a vague idea of jumping in the car, cruising for a few short hours up the Pacific coast, crossing into Nicaragua and lolling poolside shortly thereafter. Ha! Such naiveté, after quite a bit of time accrued in Central America, is nothing but […]Read more "Technicalities of Trans-border Transportation"