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Is The Water Safe?

Is The Water Safe?

My answer to this question is: I think so. From all I read before coming to Granada the tap water is perfectly safe to drink. I’ve never chugged a glass of water straight from the faucet here, but I’ve brushed my teeth with it and gotten some in my mouth from washing my face with it and I’m sure I’ve probably been served it a few times in a restaurant either as water or ice, and nothing weird has ever happened to me unless you count the time I burped up a fistful of flatworms. Haha! I’m kidding, of course. Our housekeeper at our first house would routinely drink a glass of water from an outdoor water hose tap and she would always show up the next day completely alive, so I’m pretty sure the water is safe to drink. Even so, it is typical to keep bottled water in the house and most restaurants serve it, either in bottles or from dispensers, and I’ve seen many restaurants have...

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We Made Shelves

We Made Shelves

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’re already quite aware that we are awesome at making things. For instance, the awesome BBQ grill we made. Well, our craftiness doesn’t stop there, kids, not by a long shot. Today we made some shelves! We’ve been seriously needing more surface area around here, but being in a rental and trying to save money, we haven’t really wanted to invest in real furniture. Although, there are some SERIOUSLY AWESOME furniture shops off the highway between Granada and Managua. When we build or buy a house we’ll certainly pick up furniture along that highway. In the mean time…we made some damn shelves! For the design we decided to go with the timeless, classic look of College Sophomore Chic incorporating cinder blocks and wooden planks. It’s reminiscent of a college sophomore who’s just moved into his first apartment and realized “Oh shit, I don’t have anything to put my shit on!” which is usually shortly followed by the realization of “Oh...

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The Nicaragua National Zoo

The Nicaragua National Zoo

IMAGE GALLERY BELOW… We took a bus ride to the Nicaragua National Zoo today. It’s a great little, well-maintained zoo populated mostly by rescue animals. In addition to lots of cool birds, gigantic cats of prey, and other fauna, they had an amazing butterfly garden you can walk through and have thousands of butterflies land on you. I had so many butterflies on me at one point I’m pretty sure had they worked together they could have carried me away, likely depositing me in some cave on Mombacho Volcano where my slightly, though not as much as it was a month ago, overweight corpse could feed their species for several hundred generations. Thankfully, butterflies aren’t that crafty. Plus, the garden is enclosed with a mesh roof. As with our bus trip to the mall in Managua, the ride there and back were just exciting (if not more so) than the destination. We caught a bus before it left at the depot off of La Calzada in Granada. Per usual,...

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We Took a Bus to Managua

We Took a Bus to Managua

Today we took a bus ride to Managua to hit up the mall there for some art supplies the wife needed. Though a new experience for me, the wife had taken a bus to Managua several times in the past while I was at work, and she rides there very often with our friends who own their own vehicle. As we were approaching the bus depot in Granada a bus to Managua was leaving at that very moment. It stopped and a guy asked us if we wanted to get on. We did. This is not uncommon, as I’ll explain later. We didn’t buy a ticket or pay anyone, we simply jumped on and sat down. The bus was almost full. Roberta and Levi shared one seat and I took a seat a few rows back. It’s lucky we got on when we did. Soon it would be a standing-only ride. Driving straight from Granada to Managua is about a 45 minute ride. This bus ride took us about...

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Thoughts on Our Initial Trip to Nicaragua

Thoughts on Our Initial Trip to Nicaragua

Things are pretty settled-in here – normal and routine – and have been for a while but sometimes, just occasionally, I’ll step outside to go somewhere and as I’m locking up the door a horse-drawn carriage will pass by or an entire family on a motorcycle or kids coming home from school in their uniforms or I’ll catch a glimpse of the cathedral over the rooftops and think to myself, “Holy shit I’m in f**king Nicaragua! When did that happen?!” It’s a really strange revelation every time it strikes, but is always energizing and crazy at the same time. Even though, as I said, we’ve reached a level of normalcy here, when the realization strikes, it’s like I’m suddenly back to our first day here saying to myself, “WTF happens now?!” because when we first arrived we knew nothing, save for a few mental images from the Internet. When I think back to our initial trip here I find myself both impressed and amazed with us at how smooth...

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