Tag Archives: Featured

#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

Digital ambassadors promoting cross-cultural exchange.



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)

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.