Monthly Archives: March 2015

Frustration Rant

Having just published a post I ended by writing, “I could go on and keep talking about the minutiae of the school system here, but I see myself drifting into a frustration rant, so I think I will leave it … Continue reading

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Semana Santa, Take Two

Last year I was less than thrilled with my first Semana Santa in Nicaragua. This year, despite being tempted to hide in my room or flee the country, I will be receiving my brother instead. Come to think of it, … Continue reading

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The Nicaraguan School System

You wouldn’t think that a Small Business Development Peace Corps Volunteer would spend much time in high schools, but in fact I spend at least 50% of my time in schools. Entrepreneurship is an official part of the high school … Continue reading

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Re-Opening the Rum Case

Back in May I wrote a brief ethical examination on Nicaraguan rum. The problem is that the workers in the sugar cane (sugar cane being the main ingredient in rum) fields are dying of kidney failure at very young ages. So … Continue reading

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Blood of Brothers

When you are invited to serve in Peace Corps Nicaragua you get an electronic welcome packet. And somewhere in that welcome packet there is a recommendation to read Blood of Brothers by Stephen Kinzer, a tome on contemporary Nicaraguan history. I … Continue reading

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Redbeard the Pirate

Who knew that there were submerged rocks at Playa Roca Beach? Yesterday we were at the beach and an innocent body surf turned into quite the ordeal. Isabel, Mari, and I were swept up against a submerged rock. In my … Continue reading

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Return on Investment

Return on Investment, or RoI, is one of those financial statistics that stock brokers throw around. I never really understood it, or at least, I never really invested the time to understand it. However, since working as a Volunteer, I’ve … Continue reading

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