For our last holiday season in Nicaragua, we wanted to be at home in Esteli and spend Christmas and New Years Eve like most Nicaraguans do: in family. We had two main goals, one of for each holiday. For Christmas I wanted to try the seasonal dish lomo relleno, and for New Years Eve Emily wanted to make our own viejo. Continue reading Home is Where the Holiday Is
From fireworks starting at 3:30 am and processions at 5 as the sun is peeking over the mountains, to Easter sunday services and that big egg-laying bunny: however you celebrate today, may it be filled with joy, hope, love, and peace.
As a proud Midwesterner, I’m honored to have been asked to participate in a series of posts on the Midwest Peace Corps Volunteers blog about spending the holiday season abroad. As I explained my interview:
“It is difficult to not compare your holiday celebrations back home with the various ones in your host country. Simultaneously, it’s natural to feel homesick and long for the familiar. In reality, the holidays mean many different things to those back home as well. Even if you narrow it to one holiday, every family has their own traditions, their own way of doing things. My advice to help your season be merry and bright: creatively celebrate your own traditions and try to just throw yourself into as many community festivities during the month as possible. During the holidays, it’s all about Peace Corps Goals Two and Three.”