¡Felices Fiestas de Nicaragua!

This was my first Christmas outside of the USA (Michaela’s second). By leaps and bounds, it was the most unique one either of us have ever experienced. We were extremely grateful for not one, not two, but three dinners on Christmas Eve from friends and their families here in Nueva Guinea…I had enough nacatameles to fill me up for about 24 hours. 

Yesterday we spent parts of the day Skyping with family in New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, and England, all of whom we miss a ton. We also watched National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase (a family tradition). In the afternoon, Michaela, our friend Alex, and I climbed a hill just outside the city, which gives some great views of the city below and mountains along the horizon.

A nativity scene set up in the park for Christmas.

A nativity scene set up in the park for Christmas.

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Enjoying the view from the hill we hiked on Christmas Day.

 

On Christmas Day, Michaela, our friend Alex, and I climbed this great hill just outside the city, which gives a pretty stunning views of the city below and mountains along the horizon.

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Christmas Day walk through the rainforest. No, it’s not a painting.

 

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2 comments

  1. Stacy Rhodes · December 27, 2014

    Conor and Michaela: I am regularly reading and greatly enjoying your blogposts and want to thank you for taking the time and the care to make them so interesting, funny and evocative of your experience. Kinda living vicariously, I guess. Nueva Guinea is certainly a beautiful place, at least in part because it is “lejos, muy lejos” from Managua. The more I read, the more I want to visit you there, and so I am targeting 2015 for a trip to Central America (I have a bit more time these days). Am happy your first Christmas away from home managed to be “merry” notwithstanding (I still remember mine; they can be tough).So keeping meeting all the people you can and you can soon determine where (and with whom) your efforts will be best spent with a ‘high return on your investment’. And keep having fun, amigo. Hasta la proxima! Stacy

    • conorsanchez · December 29, 2014

      Stacy: Thanks so much for your kind and encouraging words! Everyday is an adventure and everyday Michaela and I learn more about where our efforts might be best allocated. I’m also happy to hear you’re trip to Central America might become a reality. We promise to make your visit to Nueva Guinea well worth the trip (and in a private vehicle, it’s only 3 and 1/2 hours from Managua!). There is so much to see and do here in Nicaragua, and so much great work being done by volunteers. Keep us posted!
      Nos vemos pronto,
      Conor

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