Nicaragua Essentials

Wifi – 3 /5

Pretty great coverage and speed in major hubs, however the power grid in Nicaragua seems to be only loosely tied together (or loosely tied around tree branches… true fact) and entire towns go black for hours (days) at a time. Specifically San Juan Del Sur and the beach towns. Northern surf towns also have very limited wifi, if at all. This is a very poor region and we are sure all their other needs will come first before fast wifi.

Transportation – N/A 

We’re driving now bitches!

Road Conditions – 5 / 5

Absolutely shockingly wonderful. Brand new highway systems south to north. Not a single pot hole to be had. Even the newly built cobblestone road around 80% of Ometepe is spectacular.  No tolls to be found, only one police checkpoint by the border and seriously smooth sailing. Great job Nicaragua.

Food  – 4 / 5

One word: smoked cheese. Wait maybe two words. Also, the arepas (thick mais cakes) have been getting progressively thinner and turning more tortilla-esque as we travel north.  We are okay with this. Especially when combined with cheese.

Nicaraguan food is extremely flavourful, largely portioned and at least the street food is cheap. The markets are a great place to shop for fresh produce, and there were papayas that were larger then small children.

Safety  – 4 / 5

We had no issues in the cities, beaches or highways. Not to say we didn’t here about some issues (particularly on beaches) but we found everyone very friendly. The only place we felt a bit concerned about safety was after dark in Granada. There are too many gringos  in town partying too hard, it seems to draw in the lurkers just waiting to pick off an easy one.

 

Street Dogs – 3 / 5

Not as many as some places we have been, but generally healthy looking. Most people, most of the time seem to mostly be pleasant towards them. Unlike most other places we’ve traveled we didn’t make any dog friends, maybe because we were cat sitting?

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  1. Enjoying the updates, thanks. Strawberry season here- lots of little wild  “tastes like summer” berries around the house, the local U-picks just getting started.  Lovely hot weather last week and next, but the fire index is way high.  Your dad and I sick with summer colds last week (him coughing, me sinus) but I think we are both on the mend. Boppy back in hospital – this time with pneumonia. He really doesn’t do ANYTHING anymore, aside from moving from bed to couch and back again, so this is not surprising.  Apparently he is recovering, but who knows how long it will last. Your dad and his sisters are talking about an “intervention” re: Nan and Boppy’s living arrangements – I don’t want to be there!  But really, they cannot stay where they are for another winter. Stay safe, Love mom

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  2. On the other coast, All of your “Young” cousins were at the farm for a few hours together on Friday. Bill got some serious Nick time, Annie and Maggie did big ART conversations. Nick’s gone to his Dad. Granny came up to get her car tires switched (she has been storing her tires and rims here on the farm since she sold the house.) turns out the summer tires are toast. Decision was made to sell the rims, and Gran will just drive on winter tires until they wear out, then replace them with all-weather – it has been hard to get her and the tires together, and she can’t put them in her car. I think it is a wise decision. Gran and her friend Joan came up with their picnic lunch then did a tour of the farm. Bill and Annie and I are going to a wedding – soon! I need to get them out of the field and gussied up, as we are providing appetizers…. The OTHER Pablo is here picking up and sorting things for his move, a few negotiations about ‘stuff’ however mostly reasonably smooth… Busy days here. I love that you are updating us, so your Mom and AuntiT don’t worry quite so much…. XXXXX

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