Archive for June 2011

The washing machine

June 27, 2011

Check out this amazing TED talk on how the washing machine relates to economic status. With our lack of washing machine, this really hit home.



Things I miss…

June 6, 2011

I’m feeling my first real bout with homesickness*. While I miss my family and friends from back home , what I really miss is the ease of life in the states.

Here are some examples of things I am missing today:

1. A washing machine

Hand-washing each of Adam’s individual socks is getting old…fast.

2. Screened in windows

There are some WEIRD bugs showing up at our house. And don’t get me started on our mosquitoes.

3. Spinach

I miss the ease of pre-washed spinach in a box. It’s not easy eating healthy here when the snack at every event is soda and cookies.

4. The gym

I never thought I would say that, but it’s true. Again, it’s hard to be healthy here when surrounded by fried food and stifling heat.

5. My car


The bus ride to work is long, ’nuff said.

6. Target

It’s nice to be able to buy random things in an air conditioned store.

*homesickness feels 99% cured after venting in this post and eating a Twix bar.

Visitors visit

June 2, 2011

While we’ve had a lot of fun getting to know our Nicaraguan amigos, we’ve also had fun hosting visitors from back home.

Our first visitor was Malerie, a friend from our small group at church. She’s serving as a nurse in Honduras for 2 years and used the excuse of renewing her visa to come visit us!

Malerie at the Mirador de Catarina

Other friends from our church back home, Jason and Karena, are living in Nicaragua and we’ve had the chance to host them as well as be hosted by them in their beautiful apartment in Matagalpa. We’re going to miss them when they leave!

Karena helping organize books

Dinner of lasagna at Jason and Karena's

Four great gals came to visit us: Carissa, Sandy, Rhoda and Cindy. We had a great time at the Isla de Ometepe with them!

Dinner at our casita in Santa Rosa: Gallo pinto y tajadas con queso

Katelyn came to visit us from Guatemala with her friend Alex. We packed in a lot of activities in a few days

Katelyn and Adam in Granada

Adam’s other sibling, Bryce came to visit along with an EMU cross-cultural group.

Lots of gringos eating lots of pizza in Granada

Bryce and Adam "los gemelos" at a Carlos Mejía Godoy concert

We’ve had lots of other visitors who just happen to be passing through Managua. So, if you ever find yourself in our city, call us up!