Monthly Archives: March 2013
With the end of the dry season rapidly approaching the temperature is climbing. From experience we know that each day will feel hotter and more humid than the last, until the merciful rains come in May to cool us off. For the next month we’ll be staying close to the ocean or a pool.
One of our favorite ways to cool off and have a great time is to go sailing.
We recently got together with sixteen of our friends (new and old) and spent the day on a catamaran with Captain Zach from Nica Sail n Surf. We cruised out to a private beach north of town and enjoyed a day of swimming, snacking, drinking and relaxing. We had our own private party on the water.
$60 USD included our day of sailing, open bar complete with beer, rum, juice and soda, as well as Zach’s very own homemade ceviche, guacamole and salsa.
It was our friend Stephanie’s birthday and she said that the day couldn’t have been better. Even though her daughter Layla was the only kid on board she had a great time.
This was our first time sailing with our buddy Zach, but it certainly won’t be the last!
To learn more about Nica Sail n Surf or to book your very own catamaran adventure click here.
This year we celebrated St. Paddy’s Day much of the same way we would have had we been in Canada. We participated in a pub crawl.
The festivities kicked off midday from Big Wave Dave’s Bar & Restaurant. There were a couple of things that made this particular pub crawl unique – our mode of transportation and the cost.
We paraded through the city on a horse cart, two ox carts and a jeep. The fact that drinking and riding in an ox cart through the city is completely legal made for a very interesting day.
Locals lined the streets snapping photos of us as we paraded around town.
St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that Nicaraguans have heard of, but don’t celebrate. To them it’s a day in March when they get to witness Gringos getting as drunk as some Nicas do on Sundays.
And at $20 USD for transportation, rum and beer on the cart, as well as drinks at each of the 4 establishments we stopped at the price was hard to beat.
Huge thanks to John Crilly of Classic Cruisers for organizing the event. Special thanks also to Dan & Cesar for allowing me to combine some of their photos with mine to create the large gallery of images shown below.
I spotted these rare and lovely pieces at one of the shops in Catarina. When we looked at the girl in the shop with questionable expressions on our faces she described them as “erotica”. These unique ceniceros (ashtrays) sell for just $6 USD.
I’m not really sure what use one would have for these rare and interesting baskets, but I am sure of one thing, at $60 USD they don’t come cheap!
“EL BANO” PAINTINGS
These masterpieces come in all sizes. I had to stop myself from laughing out loud when the shop owner told me the price for a piece this size (16″ X 20″) was $50, but he’d be willing to sell it to me – on sale – for only $40 USD.
FLOR DE CANA FROG
Whether it be Cuba, Mexico or Nicaragua we’ve all seen multiple versions of the “stuffed” frog. To ensure In Nica Now remains a family friendly website I’ve chosen to share this G-rated photo, instead of the XXX one I have. At $10 USD (including the Flor de Cana pocket rocket) I suppose you can’t really go wrong.
CUP ‘O BOOB
This exquisite hand painted coffee mug is definitely one of kind and can be yours for only $8.33 USD. Imagine the reaction you’d get from your coworkers when you walk into the coffee station with this mug in your hand.
So there you have it! A sampling of some not so beautiful treasures that can be found here in Nicaragua. If you’d like to check out some Nicaraguan souvenirs you probably will want to buy just click here.