Tag Archives: Semana Santa

Chatting Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Platicaring

While we set far more goals than we could ever accomplish for our week off during Semana Santa, one we’re happy we met was visiting some of our favorite Nicaraguan friends/family to placticar (chat).  For us, Holy Week 2016 was all about reflection, renewal, insight, food, and spending time with those who matter.

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Adventure is Out There! — Rio San Juan Edition

April 2015 Guidepost to Wholehearted Living
Cultivating Play and Rest: Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self-Worth

So, Emily and I have realized that we have a penchant for undertaking activities that are just slightly outside of our ability level, or at least comfort zone, where we often find ourselves questioning our judgment at least a few times throughout the endeavor. We also like to try and suck as much marrow out of life as possible. Hence, our summiting of Volcán Telica was only one of the possibly-too-challenging adventures we took this Semana Santa vacation. Two days after sleeping on top of an active volcano we embarked from our dry, temperate, northern site of Estelí to the humid, tropical, southern-most part of the country to kayak the Río San Juan.

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Volcán Telica: A Science Teacher’s Dream

April 2015 Guidepost to Wholehearted Living
Cultivating Play and Rest: Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self-Worth

When Andrew and I received our invitation to serve in Nicaragua in March of 2014, I was teaching Science and ELA at Molalla River Academy. As my science classes were studying plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, and Nicaragua is the “land of lakes and volcanoes, it was a perfect fit. Using the amazing resources on the Internet to see real time data from Nicaragua, my science classes in Molalla, OR studied the series of earthquakes that shook the region last spring as well as the chain of 13+ volcanoes and volcanic complexes that run along the western edge of the country.

While it may not exactly sound like rest, as it was really hard, this past week during Semana Santa, we took the week off to cultivate some play and travel into our lives.  The first weekend of the break, we had the opportunity to hike one of Nicaragua’s stratovolcanoes, Volcán Telica. Continue reading Volcán Telica: A Science Teacher’s Dream