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Life in the Laguna: Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua

For the past 35 days Apoyo Lodge & Camp in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve has been the place Gord and I have called home. To view some photos of Apoyo Lodge and area click here.

Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve consists of a volcanic crater lake and tropical forest that houses an unfathomable number of flora, fauna, bird, butterfly and animal species.

– Bright & beautiful flowers line the road of the reserve

– Monkey sitings are a common occurrence, but capturing a good photo of one is not

In the lake there are six species of fish that are only found here in the waters of the laguna. To catch a glimpse of what they look like check out our video below.

We moved to Laguan de Apoyo because our friend Shamus needed someone to take care of his place (and his pets) while he spent a month in Canada.  Life here has been very different from life in Granada.  For starters we are responsible for 3 dogs, 2 cats and 1 goat.

– Gord, 2 of 3 dogs and the goat

Since all of our food is purchased in Granada meal planning has to happen in advance, instead of one or two hours before we want to eat. When we lived in city we walked everywhere, but with the lodge sitting on the waters edge at the end of a road – that could be described as a trail – we need to drive everywhere. 

Prior to our move we thought we’d be bored in the laguna and to be honest we were a bit apprehensive about living in seclusion. To our pleasant surprise living at Apoyo Lodge has been much, much better than we could have imagined. 

Our kitchen, living room and dining room are open to the outside. We love going to sleep at night with all the doors and windows in our suite open.  Waking up to a view of the laguna and the calls of howler monkeys in the distance has been as great as it sounds. We’ve both enjoyed swimming in the lake and hanging out in the rancho.

We’ve also enjoyed the wide open spaces, especially when it comes to the kitchen. Experimenting with the wood oven has been great fun. Providing rides to local families and school children on our way out of the park has helped us feel, in some small way, part of the community.

– The oven can reach temperatures upwards of 700 degrees

– Our first attempt at pizza & it couldn’t have tasted better

“Living in the Laguna has been a memorable experience that has taught us a lot.”  

We’ve learned how to de-skunk a dog, what to do when a goat cracks its horn, who to call when the power goes down, how to safely remove ticks and how to care for a young parrot. We’ve also learned to live with many different and interesting critters of the Nicaraguan jungle.

– Green Parrot Snake

– The biggest toad I’ve ever seen

Gord has learned where all the major bumps and obstacles are on the road and I’ve learned that I need to start using my macro lens more often.

– Papaya flower shot with my Pentax K7

When we visited Apoyo Lodge for the first time 5 months ago we never imagined we’d be taking care of the place one day. We are so glad that we were able to help our friends out and so very grateful for this time we’ve had experiencing life in the laguna.

To view more photos that capture Life in the Laguna click here.  

Our Lovely Little Apartment in Leon

After two months of waiting for the previous tenants to move out we were finally able to move into the lovely little apartment in the guest house here in Leon. Our monthly rent has increased slightly from $300 USD for the room we were renting to $360 USD.  

Our new pad has great curb side appeal and faces a nice little garden. 

We are set up in the kitchen with a few dishes, pots and pans, blender, small refrigerator and gas stove with oven. After two months of using a poorly equipped shared kitchen we are super pumped about having our own space to prepare meals.  

The espresso machine and toaster are ours.  The toaster is one of few possessions we’ve bought since we arrived three and a half months ago.  We picked it up last month at Maxi Pali for $12 USD.  Our friends Chad and Marnie brought our espresso machine to us from home.  Thanks so much guys; coffee never tasted so good!

We’re all set in the living room with four nice rocking chairs and a table.  Now we just need some company!  

Our bedroom is a good size with a huge walk in closet and the queen bed is comfy.  There is an air conditioner that can be turned on for an additional $100 per month, but since the ceiling fan works well enough we’ve opted to go without.

It’s nice to have the desk with a large mirror and an additional table with a couple of stools in our room. Cable TV is included in our rent and we still have free wi-fi in the common areas of the house. 

As per the usual in Nicaragua we are without hot water which means only cold showers for us. In Canada I wouldn’t have dreamed of having a cold shower but with the extreme heat here it seems like the only way to go.

Having spent the last two months anxiously waiting for the previous tenants to move out so we could move in it seems ironic that while spending time in Granada with Chad & Marnie last week we found an apartment we simply couldn’t pass up and will be moving in just a couple of weeks.

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