Monthly Archives: May 2014

A Menagerie of Videos From Training

I haven’t been able to get these videos from training up till now, but they sure are good. Presenting Daniel Ortega, President of the Republic, Malú, a particularly exuberant puppy, and Luis Mariano, simultaneously dancing and pummeling a piñata at his … Continue reading

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An Ethical Dilemma Involving Rum

Just north of my site, León, is the department of Chinandega (it gets even hotter than León in Chinandega – I have once heard it referred to as the devil’s anus, as opposed to León, which is just “the furnace”). In the … Continue reading

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A Peak Inside the Peace Corps Office

If anyone is wondering what the Peace Corps Office in Managua looks like, this video just popped up on my Facebook feed: It was recently made by other business Volunteers to as part of a bet. The good news is, … Continue reading

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My First Few Days in León

So I arrived in León on Sunday, and will be living here for the next two years. León is hot (highs the last few days have been 95+), so the very first thing I did was buy a fan. After … Continue reading

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Jurementación

Although I’ve been in Nicaragua for nearly three months, I wasn’t actually a Volunteer until last Friday morning. During the first 11 weeks in country, when you are in training, you are considered a Trainee, not a Volunteer. To become … Continue reading

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Arriving in León, León

Today I arrived in my permanent site for the next two years, León, León. The mayor welcomed me with a really nice ceremony. Luckily I had a friend videotape it. Here, take a look: All jokes aside, I’ve got a … Continue reading

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I Saw the President and the First Lady Today

No, not Barack and Michelle, Daniel and Rosario, the President of Nicaragua and his wife. Today is the birthday of Augusto Cesar Sandino (the 119th anniversary of his birth in fact), and he was born in the same town that … Continue reading

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