This year, we had the honor of attending the National English Singing Competition with our school and one of our students who qualified for the competition. There were 38 participants representing various departments and autonomous regions of the country. While she didn’t place, Karen rocked it! We’re super proud of her, our teachers, and our school.
The Somoto Canyon is one of the true treasures of Nicaragua. Only recently has this natural wonder been utilized as an eco-tourism destination, so it still feels off the beaten path. In the department of Madríz, in the northern most section of the country, the Rio Coco has formed this beautiful feature. When my sister, Kari, came to visit last year, Continue reading National Treasures – The 50 Córdoba Bill→
They didn’t! And thank goodness as this happens to be one of the busiest highways in Nicaragua with cars and motorcycles constantly speeding past. The real question is why are their chickens wandering around the city of Managua? #TodoEsPosibleEnNicaragua
It’s election season! While true for the US, it’s also true for Nicaragua. As an apolitical organization, whose tenure in the country only lasts for as long as we have the invitation of the government, we are instructed not to give our opinion on Nicaraguan politics. Therefore, if this dicho gets directed our way, we must be doing something right:
Ni sos chicha ni limonada – You are neither a fermented, raspberry-flavored corn beverage nor lemonade.
Basically, this means you’re unaffiliated, or on the fence. If Ken Bone’s overnight celebrity status extends to Nicaragua, this dicho could be used to help orient the crowd to why he was selected to be on the debate stage in the first place. It can also be used for someone who changes their opinions on an issue. For so many reasons, this is the perfect dicho for this October.
September’s Photo Challenge from Blogging Abroad helped us focus in our our town – Estelí, Estelí. While our other photos are from all around Nicaragua, this challenge was completed just with pictures from our site. May these photos give you a glimpse into the beauty, complexity, and wonder that is Estelí.
I love how bars on a #window aren’t just for protection. Creativity and beauty abound. #peacecorpsnicaragua #peacecorps #mytown #eyeofthebeholder #howiseepc #bloggingabroad #BAphotochallenge
Choose your own adventure in #transportation. I might live in the 3rd largest city in Nicaragua, but that horse is definitely just wandering around by itself. I love #mytown. #peacecorpsnicaragua #peacecorps #citylife #butstillkindacountry #bloggingabroad #BAphotochallenge #howiseepc
It may not be much, but our little balcony #garden brings me such joy. I love the vibrancy and contrast of colors, harvesting the tiny chilies and sharing them with neighbors, and how something so simple can be a gentle reminder to slow down and breathe. #peacecorpsnicaragua #peacecorps #bloggingabroad #BAphotochallenge #haymastiempoquevida #howiseepc #greenthumbintraining
As English volunteers, we tend to notice #signs in English and hope the grammar and spelling aren’t atrocious. Sometimes, though, the improper literal translations are even better. #peacecorpsnicaragua #peacecorps #Englishsigns #mytown #health #redallthefineprint #trynottogiggle #bloggingabroad #BAphotochallenge
For phone service in Nicaragua, you have two options: Movistar or Claro. They have pay-as-you-go plans and there are places to buy “saldo” on every corner. I rather like the simplicity, and while I won’t miss the loud advertisements blasting through the streets, I have a strong feeling I’ll miss this competitive combo here in a few months. #peacecorpsnicaragua #peacecorps #signs #communication #mytown #claro #movistar #chiclero #dumbphoneswag #minedoesntevenhaveT9 #bloggingabroad #BAphotochallenge
Sunrise procession to the Esteli Cathedral. Approximately 73% of Nicaraguans are Catholic and another 15% attend various evangelical churches. It’s facinating to see #religion through new eyes. #peacecorpsnicaragu #peacecorps #mytown #eyeofthebeholder #howiseepc #bloggingabroad #BAphotochallenge #nofilter
Not a pretty one, but a reality. Nicaragua is so beautiful; I hope future generations are being taught to take better care of her. #peacecorpsnicaragua #peacecorps #pollution #trash #litter #mytown #wecandobetter #bloggingabroad #BAphotochallenge
I used to fill the margins of my notebooks with swirly plants and trees, but this colorful #treeoflife is now forever imprinted in my brain as the symbol of the Sandanista political party, the current party of power here in Nicaragua. If you ever visit, you’ll see them everywhere.
Bonus photo: The Esteli River #peacecorpsnicaragua #peacecorps #nofilter #mytown
Blogging Abroad Photo Challenge: #MyTown
Digital ambassadors promoting cross-cultural exchange.
Hosting 12 of the amazing TFL trainees here in Esteli this past week has been a true highlight of our service. We feel so inspired by their enthusiasm and positivity, their professionalism and go-getter attitudes, and their willingness to learn about Nicaraguan culture and people we hold so dear. Best of luck on your last few weeks of training, Nica68!