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>> Tuesday, December 11, 2007

My parents came to visit last week and it was really nice (for Holly and me at least). They were only here for five days so we spent the first few in and around Masaya and then went to Selva Negra in Matagalpa for a change of scenery. Here are some pictures from the trip:

My dad made friends with all of his Coca Cola brothers in Nicaragua by giving them free pens… it was a nice gesture and only a little awkward for the translators:

The Mirador in Catarina is one of my favorite places in the department of Masaya so we made it there early in the trip:

Somehow we tricked them into taking the busses… waiting by the side of the road provided a lot of quality family time:

Coyotepe is an old fort that is on a big hill overlooking Masaya. During the Somoza years and then during the first few years of Sandinista rule it was used as a torture chamber for political prisoners. Suffice it to say that countless people have died there. to show our contrition we took a happy family photo on top of it:

Selva Negra is a really cool organic farm/hotel/restaurant/forest in the mountains of Matagalpa. Everyone was a little surprised by the cold but it was really pretty the whole time.

I felt really bad because I forgot to remind my dad that it would be cold so he only had shorts with him. He survived, though:

It was a pretty short trip but nice to show my parents that we don't live in absolute squalor and just to catch up in a way that isn’t really possible over the phone. Also, thanks to my parents we’ve worked all of the kinks out of the schedule and should be able to provide a vomit-free experience for all future travelers.


Nancy 10:21 AM, December 13, 2007  

Note to future visitors:
Paul and Holly are great hosts/translators/tour guides and Nicaragua is a wonderful place to visit. However, I do have some suggestions to ease the culture shock. First, bring sight filtering eye shades to wear on those bus/taxi rides through the narrow streets of town. The drivers prefer the use of the horn over the brake and the sight of chickens, dogs, bikes, children, other vehicles scattering pell-mell is a bit nerve racking. Second, have noise eliminating ear plugs ready for those nights when thousands of dogs start barking across the miles, the roosters wake up and think its morning, and roving bands of firework enthusiasts think midnight is a good time to celebrate anything. Third, don't drink the water.
Upon reflection, I would disregard suggestions 1 and 2 and just jump in with both feet. You wouldn't want to miss a thing. Thanks to Paul and Holly for not letting us.


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