Life in Nicaragua


If you want to see more pictures…

Turns out it’s easier (and quicker) to upload multiple pics to my other, older, site (http://www.hollynica.shutterfly.com) – so from now on you can find them there. There’s a link to the site, titled “My Pictures.” on the left side of the home page. Enjoy!


A weekend at the orphanage

Casa Bernabe is undergoing some staff changes, which left them short-handed last weekend, so I spent a few days hanging with the kids and helping out where I could. It was really nice to be able to relax and enjoy my time there – not rushing off to get to the bus before dark. The days were mostly filled running around outside, searching for the last of the mangoes, and playing some games (they just got a few new ones and are VERY excited about them:jacks, UNO, Candy Land and Trouble). You know how much I love games, but it still amazes me how long they can be entertained with one particular thing. After about the 6th consecutive game of Trouble I had to take a break!
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On the hunt for mangoes…

Rina, the main caretaker for the girls is out sick, so Friday night another employee, Payita, and I went to her house for a visit – hopefully she’ll be back with the kids soon! On Sunday I headed to church with the kids, and then went on my my way, enjoying yet another adventure on the bus. Fortunately, the kids are used to me coming and going at this point, so the goodbyes are much easier – something I’m very grateful for!
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Watching Beauty and the Beast before bed (they now have a whole collection of Disney movies!! :))

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Just what I was looking for…

playa popoyo

I’m used to things not turning out quite the way you thought they would here in Nicaragua, yet this time it was even better than I imagined. I picked a random, less traveled beach in hopes of a peaceful relaxing weekend in the sun…and that is exactly what I got! Aside from a few die hard surfers, there were no tourists. A few hostels, restaurants, and the wonderful locals in this poor beach town, Las Salinas, the perfect getaway. The long stretch of beach was stunning, the sunsets were some of the best I’ve seen, and the hospitality and amazing culinary talents of the locals were unbeatable!

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A new road in Nicaragua

UPDATE! Life down here in Nicaragua is changing yet again! While I love the people at the Nehemiah Center, and it was a great opportunity, it just wasn’t the right fit. I’ve found that my passion is working directly with the people, especially children, and I have decided to follow a new path and work at Casa Esperanza. There are still many details to be worked out, but I will be moving in to Casa Esperanza when the director, April Havlin, returns from the states on Sept. 20th. Yes, my return date is still the same (I’ll be home in December) but April is already trying to talk me into coming back in February…who knows how things will turn out!

As for now, I’m still working at Casa Esperanza every Tuesday, heading out to Leon every week with John and Helen (Manantial), helping to edit papers for the Nehemiah Center, and working with other people and organizations as the opportunities arise! Tomorrow, August 13th, I’m taking a little vacation and heading to the beach for the first time! I can’t believe I’ve been here since March and I am only now finally making my way to the ocean – I can’t wait!!

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So many changes, so little time…

Life here in Nicaragua has been pretty typical; therefore, constantly changing. Nahum and Gener, the boys that have been living with John and Helen for the past 18 months have moved out. They have moved in with a young Nicaraguan couple that John and Helen have known for almost 5 years, and they live in a safe neighborhood in the middle of Managua. With John and Helen leaving in February of next year, this will hopefully be a good transition into typical Nicaraguan life for the boys, and it’s the next step towards being out on their own. While it’s a good transition, I really enjoyed their company so it was hard to see them go. Gener is like the pesky-yet-hilarious little brother I never had, while Nahum is my sarcastic guitar teacher (I can now play a few chords :)) – life is very different here without them!

To read a bit about my visit to their new place, click the title of this post…

Gener packing up to head out…
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