Monthly Archives: August 2014

Quite a Year

I applied to the Peace Corps back in the late summer of 2012. Getting from then to Nicaragua in March 2014 is a case-study in bureaucratic incompetence that I won’t get into right now. But things got interesting one year ago … Continue reading

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How I Learned Spanish

This song:

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Blackout on a Volcano

One month ago I inaugurated Incidents of Travel Past, stories from travels I have had before coming to Nicaragua. This post recounts my second story of Incidents of Travel Past, this time from Quito, Ecuador. I studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador … Continue reading

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Peace Corps FAQ

I know that people have a lot of questions about Peace Corps and Peace Corps life, so hopefully I cover the majority of your questions here.  How long will I be here? All Volunteers have three months of training and … Continue reading

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My Host Family

My friends and family ask me about my host family a lot, so I figured I would just make a post about them. There are five permanent members of the household: Doña Evelyn, in her sixties I would say, lawyer, works … Continue reading

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La Gritería Chiquita

Quién causa tanta alegría? La Asunción de María! Que viva La Virgen! Viva! Yesterday was the Gritería Chiquita in León (as opposed to the big Gritería, on December 7th). Basically, it is Halloween, but in León. The story goes that 67 years ago … Continue reading

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Flor de Caña

Something that happens from time to time to Volunteers in Nicaragua is getting “Nica kidnapped” or “Nicanapped.” It is when a Nicaraguan invites you to do something, and it the total ordeal takes exponentially longer than you expected. I got … Continue reading

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American Idol: Nicaragua

There’s been a flurry of activity here for me this week in Nicaragua, starting with the English Singing Competition. An alternate name for this post is “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.” My greatest regret of the week is … Continue reading

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Transportation in Nicaragua

  I’ll never complain about Port Authority ever once I get back from Nicaragua. Infrastructure here is poor, to say the least. The main form of transportation in Nicaragua is by bus. And there is no website you can easily … Continue reading

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Achuapa

This weekend brought me to the farthest reaches of my department to the town of Achuapa, where two Volunteers live, Mary, a Health Volunteer who came to country in my group, and Ruben, an Environment Volunteer from the group prior … Continue reading

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