I took a friend to the León’s Heodra Hospital emergency room last week. I received a frantic call from a friend who went to the market and suddenly began to feel very dizzy, nauseous, and achy. She was offered a chair, a cool drink, and a tortilla by one of the vendor’s. They both hoped that this would make her feel better. We didn’t realize that the situation was going to escalate. … Read More
There are not too many things that really I miss from back home, not yet at least. At first everything is new. I quickly got used to eating rice and beans and plantains and yucca almost daily. What I have come to miss is good Bourbon (Maker’s Mark), my favorite deodorant (Jãson), tempeh, and a damn good pizza. Every few weeks I get a craving for pizza, but ultimately find myself disappointed…. Read More
My First Quinceañera I watched as family was prepping for a birthday party this evening. What I didn’t know was that tonight I would find myself in the midst of my first Quinceañera. A Quinceañera is a Hispanic tradition of celebrating a girl’s 15th birthday. It’s a rite of passage. A coming of age. After today, she is no longer considered a girl, but a young woman.
Taxis Service in Nicaragua When traveling on a budget, it is important to make every dollar count. I briefly mentioned taxi service in another post, but felt that it warranted its own. Most people, locals and travelers alike, use some sort of public transportation on a regular basis in Nicaragua. It is an inexpensive and reliable way of getting around. As in most cities, the cabs here drive as erratically as anywhere… Read More
Viva León, Jodido! I have received emails and comments regarding my signature/sign off on my posts. I have been signing off with Viva León Jodido!, a common expression in León. If you google the word Jodido, you get some naughty translations. I have recently purchased a house in León and have embraced the slogan. Jodido is translated and is interpreted differently across Central and South America.