We love having family visit; not only do we get to spend time with loved ones, but sharing Nicaragua’s beauty, culture, adventures and customs with them is one of the best parts of being a PCV. This past week we’ve had the privilege of hosting Andrew’s siblings. From canoeing and jungle camping on the Rio San Juan, traveling on the public bus system, and eating all sorts of yummy foods, this visit was full of adventures and familia love.
If you know me, you know that food runs my life. A generally jovial chap, I become quite melancholic at the prospect of missing a meal. In the US, weekly meal plans and weekend trips to the grocery store were how I made sure Emily and I were well fed.
However, things have been different here in Nicaragua. Whether it’s the lack of fridge/freezer space, or the fact that I can purchase all of my provisions within walking distance, I’ve developed a more improvisational style in regards to food preparation. Sure, I’m still constantly thinking about what we’re going to eat, but I’m mostly focused hours, not days, ahead. Here’s what a typical day looks like: Continue reading A Day in the Life (of my belly)
This is a post in our series On Culture and Currency: History Lessons in the Palms of our Hands.
While Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America, it is barely half the size of Oregon, my home state. My concept of country size has been challenged many times, including when I unknowingly befriended the godson of the Vice President of Nicaragua. What Nicaragua lacks in geographical presence it makes up for in a plucky, underdog spirit that is woven into its historical narrative. Two such examples are displayed on the (fittingly) smallest bill: 10 Córdobas. Continue reading Small but Mighty – The History of the 10 Córdoba Bill
Today marks 5 incredible years of marriage. We feel so lucky to be serving in the Peace Corps with our life partner and still think Two is Twice as Tuani. May the next 5 years bring us even more wonder, growth, understanding, and adventure.