The idea of packing up your bags, loading up the car with your best friend and heading Southwest sounds like a dream, until you realize you need to make cooking, bathing, sleeping and all other human necessities happen out of a Kia Sedona. Before leaving on our 3 month adventure, we did a lot of… Read More Van-life: Finding Comfort in Discomfort
I make curry in the freezing cold and peak humidity of summer, the spices will have you breaking a sweat, but the comfort and nourishment of this dish makes it a good idea on just about any day. This dish can feed plenty or be packed and you will have leftovers for dayssss and it’s… Read More Creamy Lentil Coconut Curry
Well, it turns out many people in Nicaragua eat sea turtles and their eggs even though it is illegal, there isn’t much regulation. At first it was really devastating to hear as an environmental education volunteer, and while it’s still devastating, I understand that eating sea turtle eggs is a tradition that has been passed… Read More Sea Turtles… Friends or Food?
As Peace Corps Volunteers here in Nicaragua, we are each excited to get to our communities, start making connections and planning projects that will hopefully lead to long-term sustainable change. We get to our assigned sites with intentions to meet as many local people as possible like community leaders; the mayor, the school directors and… Read More Grow baby, Grow!
The suspense is real on week 10 of Pre-Service Training here in Peace Corps. Reason being that everyone is anxious to find out where they will be situated on the map of Nicaragua for the next 2 years of their service. Peace Corps staff got creative and traced a map of Nicaragua on the floor… Read More Site Assignment Day!
Young girls and boys dressed in traditional nicaraguan clothes of all colors, marching, music, dancing and a whole lot of pride for this charming country. This is the atmosphere on September 14th during Nicaragua’s Independence Day and September 15th during the Independence day of all of Central America. (My adorable students in their dresses dishing… Read More Nica Pride, Fiestas Patrias
It was not too long ago I was day dreaming in one of my last college classes about what Nicaragua was going to feel like, what kind of weather I would experience, what kind of people I would meet. Fast forward a couple of months, I’ve graduated college and have also just landed in Managua,… Read More 26 Days in Nicaragua So Far
This is the day I leave for Peace Corps, nerves and adrenaline are doing their thing. Mom, Dad and I get up 4 hours early to pack any last minute items and I am already dreading the goodbye, the forceful growing up that entails my two years service abroad. My family and my friends are… Read More An Airport Story
The time is fast approaching! A month countdown begins today, before I leave the USA to serve in the Peace Corps for two whole years!!(yes, I’ll be nearing age 24 by the time I get back, crazy, I know) Where am I going you wonder? Nicaragua, where i’ll be teaching environmental education to primary school… Read More Packing for Peace Corps (While Saving the Earth)
I don’t know a single soul that couldn’t use meditation for the betterment of their life. The simple act of sitting still and releasing thoughts as they come. I honestly think this is what our pets are doing most of the time. Eckhart Tolle, a renowned spiritual influencer once said, “I have lived with several… Read More Meditation is For Everyone