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#Community – Photo Challenge

July’s Photo Challenge from Blogging Abroad is all about community. May these photos give you a glimpse into the amazing and varied communities with which we work and interact.

#CutulreShock VideoCrawled out of bed almost two hours after crawling in to record this gem at 10:45pm on a week night. It’s sure hard to sleep when a band plays for an hour right outside your open-air house, but it’s moments like this that remind me that it’s important to know how others live, what makes them tick, and what matters to their hearts. That’s ultimately why I’m a #peacecorpsvolunteer. When we don’t understand, may we respond with curiosity and questions instead of fear and frustration. May we listen, may we engage, may we learn. #peacecorpsnicaragua #peacecorps #cultureshock #community #bloggingabroad #BAphotochallenge #howiseepc

Blogging Abroad Photo Challenge:
#Community in Your Host Country

Blogging Abroad photo challenge

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A Day in the Life (of my belly)

If you know me, you know that food runs my life.  A generally jovial chap, I become quite melancholic at the prospect of missing a meal.  In the US, weekly meal plans and weekend trips to the grocery store were how I made sure Emily and I were well fed.

However, things have been different here in Nicaragua.  Whether it’s the lack of fridge/freezer space, or the fact that I can purchase all of my provisions within walking distance, I’ve developed a more improvisational style in regards to food preparation.  Sure, I’m still constantly thinking about what we’re going to eat, but I’m mostly focused hours, not days, ahead.  Here’s what a typical day looks like: Continue reading A Day in the Life (of my belly)

Small but Mighty – The History of the 10 Córdoba Bill

This is a post in our series On Culture and Currency: History Lessons in the Palms of our Hands.

While Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America, it is barely half the size of Oregon, my home state.  My concept of country size has been challenged many times, including when I unknowingly befriended the godson of the Vice President of Nicaragua. What Nicaragua lacks in geographical presence it makes up for in a plucky, underdog spirit that is woven into its historical narrative.  Two such examples are displayed on the (fittingly) smallest bill: 10 Córdobas. Continue reading Small but Mighty – The History of the 10 Córdoba Bill

#People in Your Host Country – Photo Challenge

If you follow us on any of our social media platforms (our Facebook page, Instagram, etc.) you’ve probably seen how much fun we’ve had with Blogging Abroad‘s May Photo Challenge.  We joined the challenge in efforts to take more pictures and to work towards Peace Corps 3rd goal: sharing a bit of Nicaraguan culture with you.  It was our first photo challenge with Blogging Abroad, and we look forward to more inspiring prompts in the coming months.

May these photos give you a glimpse into the lives of the incredible people we get to share with every day.


Blogging Abroad Photo Challenge:
#People in Your Host Country

Blogging Abroad photo challenge

Digital ambassadors promoting cross-cultural exchange.


Things I Never Knew about School

Other than my bed, the classroom is the place where I’ve spent the single most amount of time over the course of my entire life.  After 19 years in formal education in the United States, I thought I knew a thing or two about school.  One of the wonderful opportunities we have as Peace Corps volunteers is to appreciate the different approaches societies take to things as central as education.  Sin más preambulos, here is a list of things I never knew about school with my new Nicaraguan context: Continue reading Things I Never Knew about School

May We Aprovechar Peace Corps

In May 2014, we used the ideas of May Day to start a new tradition in our family: setting intentions for the following year together. Just as May Day has been a celebration of spring and new life growing, we wanted to plant the seeds of our intentions with the hope that they would grow over the year to come. And grow they did!

In May 2015, we began reflecting on those intentions, taking a deeper look at our journey into the Peace Corps, Pre-Service Training, our first few months at site and into our first year.  It took a bit longer than we anticipated to reflect on those first five intentions, and we set our “May Day Intentions” a little late (in August) last year.  We chose to focus them on the rest of our Peace Corps service.

Thus, to celebrate May Day this year, we are echoing these intentions and for duration of our time left in Peace Corps Nicaragua:

May we seek to empower others so that our service means more than 27 months.

May we continue to set healthy expectations for ourselves.

May we embrace the present as our time here is limited.

May we be as intentional in our relationships as we are in our to do lists.

May we realize that our Peace Corps Experience is what we make of it.

We’d love to hear from you, too.  What intentions do you have (or want to set) for yourself?

Dicho for Not Sweating the Small Stuff

Few dichos capture the essence of an entire culture.  Usually, they represent specific feelings or experiences to be applied in certain contexts.  However, every so often I come across an expression that encapsulates the Nicaraguan ethos.

Hay más tiempo que vida – There is more time than life.

On the surface, this dicho may not make any sense to you (I know it didn’t to me).  However, after living in Nicaragua for over a year and a half, it’s starting to sink in.  I see this dicho lived out by the ladies sitting outside in their rocking chairs, chatting with neighbors and passersby; school ending an hour early so the teachers can attend a vigil for a beloved community member; or walking an 11-hour pilgrimage instead of taking the 90 minute ride in the back of a truck.  Although life may be short, that doesn’t mean we have to meticulously schedule every second in an inflexible quest to cross off tasks from ever expanding to-do lists.  Instead, take time for what matters most, even if that means what you had scheduled for today doesn’t get done until tomorrow.