Tag Archives: Chinandega

Feels Like 106°

You know those one or two days every year in NY when it is 100° and everyone freaks out and the news has extended coverage of how the Port Authority is adding extra buses and the city is setting up spritzing … Continue reading

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Practicum Week

Around this time last year I was sent north to Jinotega for a Volunteer Visit with then Small Business Development Volunteer Hannah (she is now a Returned PC Volunteer in the US, meaning she completed her two years of service). … Continue reading

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Cosigüina

Our first stop after getting to León was Cosigüina Volcano. Cosigüina used to be the tallest volcano in Nicaragua. Then somewhere between 30,000 and 10,000 years ago it blew up, and now it is a short crater with a lake in the … 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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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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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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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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Fun Filled Fun Weekend

As I said on Friday, I had a lot planned for this past weekend. On Friday night I went to a baroque music concert at the fanciest hotel in León. I haven’t been converted into a baroque music fan, but … 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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