Category Archives: People & Culture
A journey that started more than a year ago has finally come to and end.
When I first talked to my friend and tattoo artist Salomon about getting this tattoo he gave me some grim news. The tattoo would essentially need to be done twice. Since the design was incredibly detailed and contained so many colors Salomon would need to complete the entire piece in black and grey and then add the color on top once it was healed.
Thirteen months, six sittings and something like sixteen hours of “fun” we finally have a finished product.
To learn more about my journey and why I decided to get this little work of art read Friends – like tattoos – can last a lifetime.
To view larger sized images click on any one of the photos below.
Salomon calls Lucerne, Switzerland home but thankfully for me he comes to Nicaragua three months per year to surf.
In Lucerne Salomon is booked solid with appointments and works long days. His trips to Nicaragua are his way of getting some rest and relaxation. He surfs as often as he can and only takes enough tattoo appointments to cover his travel expenses.
His specialty is Japanese art but he will take on interesting and challenging pieces like my latest design. So if you are coming to Nicaragua and want a tattoo from a serious artist at a fraction of what he charges in Switzerland contact him HERE.
Angelina is a sweet and precosious little girl. She is two and a half years old and lives next door. She absolutely loves our Miniature Schnauzer Maggie and is always dressed in the cutest of outfits.
Angelina visits often and is fascinated with turning the lights on and off, opening and closing the doors and flushing the toilet. She’s also learned how to open the garbage can by pressing the lever.
She’s never afraid to help herself to a yogurt in the fridge or ask for a banana. I love how she calls Gord muchacho (boy) and me muchacha (girl).
She rarely listens to her mother when called and sometimes cries when it’s time to go home. Her Mom calls her An-GEE sometimes we do too!
One US dollar is currently equal to 24.3 cordobas. One bottle of Joyita costs 16 cordobas.
Joyita is a sugar cane based alcohol. This stuff is not for the board short, flip flop wearing weekend warrior you typically see in San Juan del Sur. Rather, it’s for those who drink like it’s their job, working towards a promotion.
We’ve all seen this famous slogan for beer.
Well…we’re thinking the slogan for Joyita could be:
“Helping people get the rest they need, wherever they may be!”
Happy Friday y’all!
A couple of weeks before Christmas I reached out to friends, family and In Nica Now fans and followers for some help. I asked people to purchase gifts for the Barrio Planta Project Preschool. (To view my original post click here.)
Donations immediately started pouring in.
I was – and still am – blown away.
Thirty people donated a total of $912.
Yes, that’s right, $912!
We also received gift donations from an additional nine people.
With the money collected and gifts received we not only have enough coloring books, crayons, toys, games, puzzles and arts & craft supplies to sustain the preschool program for a year, we were also able to allocate $200 for supplies for some of the other programs at BPP.
Preschool classes were not in session when my sister, my Dad and I delivered everything to the school, but fortunately there were a few older students around who snuck out of class to help us unpack everything and share in our excitement.
The children had huge smiles on their faces as we unpacked two large suitcases.
They were wide eyed with excitement as they tried to make a decision on what to play with first. I kept hearing the words “Wow!” and “Mira! Mira!” [“Look! Look!”].
We colored for a bit, tried on a few of the costumes and we even had time for a tea party.
The girls really enjoyed the dolls and boys loved the plastic animals and dinky cars.
Thanks to the generosity of donors from Canada, the United States and Nicaragua Barrio Planta Project Preschool program can now operate like a typical North American preschool.
I look forward to visiting the preschool kids next week once classes resume on the 19th. And I can’t wait to play a game of Snakes & Ladders!
To learn more about Barrio Planta Project and how you can help make a difference in the life of a child in Nicaragua check out the official Barrio Planta Project website by clicking here.
Changing dollars on the street with an independent money exchanger – also known as a “coyote” – is common place in Nicaragua.
Coyotes can be found at markets, on plazas or close to regular banks. They flash large bricks of cash and typically offer rates comparable to what you can get at the bank.
Independent money exchangers are generally honest, but it’s important to know the exchange rate and roughly how much money to expect back in the transaction. To avoid being short changed always count your money.