Monthly Archives: December 2012
Gord and I are pleased to share with you our very first publication titled ““Reinvented” at 37 and Loving Life in Nicaragua”. It’s a two page spread in the Lifestyle section of the January 2013 issue of International Living Magazine.
To read our article click on the image below.
We look forward to continuing to work with International Living in 2013 and hope to have more articles to share with you real soon!
To learn more about International Living click here.
One month shy of our one year anniversary in Nicaragua we moved into our seventh rental house.
Our new place sits high on a hill in a neighborhood that locals refer to as Barrio Chino. The extra altitude allows us to take advantage of the nearly constant offshore breezes.
Situated three short blocks from the beach and about 130 steps from our best friend’s place the location of our seventh rental couldn’t be better!
The market comes to us daily via the fruit and vegetable trucks that stop in our neighborhood.
Water, pop, juice and beer are delivered to our door from a local distributor. Our delivery boy – who comes by almost every day to see if we have an order – is a young man who drives a three-wheel bike with a huge basket on the front.
We often see an older fellow with a horse drawn buggy delivering milk in the mornings. He transports the milk in large metal canisters and uses a huge ladle to scoop it into into his customers’ pitchers, bowls or buckets.
The monthly rent for this lovely three bedroom, two bathroom casa on the hill is $500 USD per month. High speed Internet and Cable TV are included in our rent.
The kitchen and living area is open concept, which we love. A living room with two seating areas, combined with a”bar” in the kitchen makes this house perfect for entertaining.
As mentioned in previous posts finding a comfortable and affordable long term rental in San Juan del Sur takes a bit of effort. So as you can imagine we feel quite lucky to have found such a nice place.
For the first time since leaving Canada twelve months ago we finally have a home and it feels great!
We are really enjoying our new digs and San Juan del Sur. For now we’ve committed to six months here, but quite honestly, we don’t foresee moving again until we take the plunge and buy (or build) something of our own.
We’re looking forward to celebrating the Christmas season and ringing in the New Year with our friends and family here in beautiful San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua!
This blog post was updated on December 13, 2012
It has been brought to my attention that some items on the Amazon Wish List are very costly to ship. In order to maximize everyone’s dollars I’d like to suggest all donations moving forward are made in cash via Email Money Transfer or PayPal.
My sister has already started purchasing some of the items on the list at Walmart and Toys R Us in Calgary. We definitely want to support the local economy, therefore items we can actually get here, will be purchased here.
We’ve received a a great response so far and look forward to even more donations coming in.
Thank you so very much for your generosity and support and making a difference in the lives so many special children here in Nicaragua!
Most North American kids I know have more toys than they know what to do with. Things are a little different here in Nicaragua. Actually…they are a lot different.
One doll, a wooden puzzle, a couple coloring books, some broken crayons and a few books are all that sits on a small shelf at the front of the preschool classroom at Barrio Planta Project.
This isn’t a single child’s bedroom I’m talking about, it’s a classroom for fifteen to twenty children.
I’d like to change this.
And that’s why I’m reaching out to you – family, friends and In Nica Now fans and followers – to help out this holiday season by purchasing a gift for the Barrio Planta Project Preschool Program.
Because how cool would it be for the kids to be able to sit down and play a game of Snakes & Ladders with their preschool teacher or a volunteer?
Or for a little girl to dress up in a pretty princess dress and have a tea party with her friends.
I’d especially love for these kids to have their own glue sticks, scissors and paper to get creative with at Arts & Craft time.
To view our Wish List and purchase a gift click here!
Or if you’d like me to do the shopping you can donate cash via PayPal by clicking here! (The account email address to use is firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cash donations will also be used to cover the baggage fees to get the items to Nicaragua.
All gifts will be shipped to my sister in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She will pack everything safely into a suitcase and deliver it to me on December 26th when she arrives.
I will stock the shelves and have everything ready for the kids when classes resume in February. I’ll also be doing a follow up post with photos and video so that you can see first hand the impact you’ve made.
Thank you so much for your support and making a difference in the life of a child in Nicaragua!Note: With only 15 days left until Christmas it’s important that purchases are made this week. Thanks again!
A day trip to the National Artisan Market in Masaya is an excursion I always enjoy, especially when it’s with friends and family who are visiting.
With it’s attractive booths, large breezy walkways and high quality handicrafts this market is Nicaragua’s most famous. It’s located just an hour from the International airport in Managua and is known for having the highest quality handicrafts in the country.
Many vendors speak English and almost all are willing to negotiate on their prices.
Some of the more standout pieces found at Mercado Artesanias in Masaya are as follows:
The hammock is Nicaragua’s signature craft found. Hammocks range in price from $10 – $20 for the simple ones and $30 – $60 for the nicer ones. The density of the weave and quality of materials help determine the hammocks quality.
Gord recently purchased an extra large hammock chair made with cotton-poly fabric and cedar. After a bit of bargaining the price was $21.
Very unique and unlike anything I’ve ever seen in all the countries I’ve visited I love the baskets shown below.
These baskets are made with bundles of wrapped pine needles that are bound in long coils. They come in various shapes and sizes. My favorite ones are those accented with bright colorful thread.
When my Mom was visiting in May she purchased a large basket. Without any negotiation she paid $25.
Some Nicaraguan paintings tend to be a little too primitive for my liking, but if you take the time to look around for that perfect piece you’ll most likely find it.
From vases, to urns, to bowls if you can’t find a piece of pottery you like at the market in Masaya, you probably won’t be able able to find it anywhere in the country.
Prices for pottery start at as little as $2 and go up as high as $40 – $50, depending on the amount of detail and the size of the piece.
Exotic Wood Crafts
It’s important to choose wooden pieces carefully, keeping in mind the type of climate you will be taking your piece back to. Mahogany is best and less likely to crack in dryer areas.
The average price for a nice medium size piece – whether it be a bowl or vase – is about $20.
A couple of other items worth checking out at the market include soapstone carvings and leatherwork.
And like other artisan markets around the world there is no shortage of trinkets to be found. Keychains, wooden boxes, maracas and slingshots – they have it all!
A few hours spent at the market in Masaya is always a fun experience and one that I think I will never tire of.
I look forward to the day when I have a Nicaraguan home of my own so I can decorate it with some of these beautiful works of art.