Monthly Archives: December 2013

Christmas Day, 5,132 miles from home

The big people were contemplating spending Christmas away from home for the first time in their lives, but others had more pressing issues. Even though you could drop an articulated lorry through the hole in our roof this year, some … Continue reading

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A new start

When I first came here, I thought it would be school-free, all except for a bit of home-schooling. But I was wrong. I mean, how do you think I became a student at a public school on the fourth day … Continue reading

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A passion for butterflies

We couldn’t identify any of the 20 odd varieties of butterflies we found at the Mariposario, or butterfly farm, outside Granada, so we just enjoyed watching them close up. The netted area was best to catch them flitting here and … Continue reading

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End of the line for Nicaragua’s rail system

This train is at the end of the line in Granada’s station. The few metres of track under it are all that remain of the country’s rail system. The very fine building that is still called Granada’s train station is … Continue reading

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Toasted laptop

Nicaragua is said to be the second safest country in The Americas (after Canada). Coincidentally or not,  it’s also the second poorest. Though Granada seems a pretty relaxed place, I have taken care to stow away our few valuables when … Continue reading

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A night at the baseball stadium, Granada

I’ve heard of Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio. I casually use expressions like “getting off first base” or scoring “a home run”. But (even though I’ve seen more Kevin Costner movies than is sensible) I know nothing about baseball. Naturally, … Continue reading

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Living in a home with walls on three sides

This would never be possible in Dublin, Ireland. Not without being very, very cold that is. Our kitchen and living room are outdoors. Which has its advantages and downsides. Good air circulation is a major plus in this heat, but … Continue reading

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