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Dec 13, 2009 - Nicaragua

Through Nicaragua we basically headed from North to South along the low flat Pacific coast. The heat was pretty intense and we could only imagine how unbearable the hot season would be here. Because the capital of Nicaragua was pretty sketchy, we quickly decided to head out to the tourist mecca of Granada and base ourselves out of there for a while. Granada was safe, friendly and well organized for tourists with many nice walking streets, cafes, restaurants and bars. We indulged in a massage and enjoyed some great (western) food. We visited...

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Jul 1, 2009 - Granada

1st July Travel day - bus, ferry, bus (with flies) and then onto a "chicken bus". Although there were no chickens on this bus we were entertained by two preachers one an old guy who got his maracas out and had a sing song the other was more your fire and brimstone sort. I felt as though I had sinned even though I didn´t understand a word he was saying. At the end however he came to everyone and shook their hand or patted them on the shoulder. We entered Granada in style on the back of truck (all crammed in like a bunch of slaves on the way...

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Jun 9, 2009 - Granada

We have now spent 3 days in Granada Nicaragua and have some observations to share. We had heard prior to coming here that it is very similar to Antigua, Guatemala. We have decided we are not totally sure why the comparison is made. Yes, both cities are approximately the same age, same size and same population. There is a definite similarity in the colours of some of the buildings. Both have churches called La Merced, which happen to be yellow. Both have city halls and churches around their park central. However, in our opinion that is where...

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Jun 7, 2009 - Horse Celebration, Granada, Nicaragua

So what a very exciting day it was. So many things happened to us for the very first time. When we arrived in Granada yesterday there were banners up about a celebration happening the next day. It was exciting after having missed Semana Santa in Antigua, and Cinco De Mayo. It was thrilling to think we would finally get to see a Central American Celebration. Early in the morning, Cory and Elaine went for a walk and saw many sights that perhaps would have been better to not have seen. For instance they walked down a street where there were...

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Apr 12, 2009 - Nicaragua

With too many doctors at the hospitalito, we took a mini vacation from our vacation and joined brother Elliot for a Nicaraguan adventure. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the hemisphere, second only to Haiti. With an annual income of about $980, 50% live below the poverty line. A civil war and corrupt politicians (Aleman was voted one of the world's 10 most corrupt politicians by the UN human rights sub comission. He sipohoned off $100 million from the government's coffers) didn't help. In 1998 Hurricaine Mitch killed 4,000 and...

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Mar 24, 2009 - Living Like Nicas in Granada

After a delightful two days in Santiago de Atitlan with Peter and Gillian, we all piled into a microbus and drove the three hours to Guatemala City for our flight to Managua, Nicaragua. Managua is a city of about 1.4 million people, but, like all the Central American capital cities (San Jose, San Salvador, Guatemala City); it is plagued by a very high rate of petty crime. In the same way we always avoided Guatemala City, we did not go into Managua (I think we only met one couple who had spent any time there). We were driven directly to...

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Mar 14, 2009 - Back to reality.

So I guess quite a lot has happened since I last wrote, but also a whole lot of nothing... First things first, we painted the school which was amazing. Emily and I rounded up a few volunteers from the hostels in San Juan Del Sur, and Joanna and Rob brought their workers from the house to help nas well. So there ended up being 47 of us there on the Saturday. We painted the school inside and out (5 small buildings), re-built the swings (they had frames but no swings on them), fixed the bathroom doors (uh huh, the bathroom doors didn´t even...

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Feb 11, 2009 - Granada, Nicaragua

It was another interesting travel day. The ferry this time was much calmer which was nice as it was also loaded with two huge trucks full of bananas. At the port we again piled into taxis to get to the bus station. Here´s where we get to experience chicken buses. They are school buses acquired from the US when they´re too old to use there. They paint them up to look VERY pretty and cram as many people as they can in them, including on top and hanging off the sides. They´re called chicken buses because sometimes people bring chickens on...

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Feb 10, 2009 - News from Nicaragua!

(To see these photos up close, run your mouse over the bottom left corner of the slideshow and click on Nicaragua. This...

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Feb 7, 2009 - Strange Brew

I got the chance to go sailing today, it was quite enjoyable. Im back in Granada due to the fact that I love this city. I would consider moving here and working at a hotel as a massage therapist. The thing with this place is the people are very friendly despite having very little. There quality of life is seriously diminished, dirty and redundant. I feel I would end it if I had to live this way. Life as a female consists of getting pregnant as a teenager due to the lack of birth control, having a baby and working usually with it in your...

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Jan 22, 2009 - Canas, Costa Rica to Rivas, Nicaragua

Today was the complete opposite to yesterday as far as weather. It was already getting hot by 9:00 AM and the sun shining. We hit the road without breakfast based on last night’s restaurant adventure. Instead we fueled up and headed towards Liberia and then on to the Nicaraguan border. Not too far down the road we came across a nice little restaurant with a deck overlooking a beautiful river. We had a leisurely breakfast and just soaked up the scene. Yesterday seemed like the distant past already. Costa Rica really is a great place if you...

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Jan 22, 2009 - Revisiting

Yo- I´m now back in Granada, but this time, I´m gonna stay for a few days. The history here is great. My money is flowing quite freely these days, however. But with 20, 50, and 100 cordoba bills, it just feels like youre spending more. No news really. Well I guess there is...my foot/toe is quite a bit better. I think it just needed a rest from walking, so the night in bed helped alot. And the food around here still bothers me. Seriously, these people are so FAT! And everyone says that Americans are the fattest, but it´s so not true. If I...

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Sunshine Time!

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