Nica Nuggets 6/3/13

Gold Nuggets

OK, it is already June and we have had a very hard rainfall. Everything is already green.

Nicaragua is so different. When our grass back in the states died, it was dead and had to be replanted. Here, it disappears for five months during the dry season then after one good rainfall, it reappears.

I’m not sure how many of you but I included some links to relevant articles that just appeared. I apologize if you already read the articles.

The butterflies and flowers are beautiful here and so diverse. If you want to see more of the butterflies and flowers, click on the below links to see an extensive slide show:

Send Me Your Articles

C’mon, so many people wanted to write an article or express an opinion. Where are you? Please send me your articles and thoughts. If you don’t then I will have to keep writing them myself and you will have to put up with my sarcasm and cynicism. While I may be the only normal person here, you may not agree with my opinions.

Or give me your idea on what you would like me to write or investigate.

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the Carpenter

House of the Carpenter

By Robert Mellin, Ph.D., RCA, FRAIC, NLAA

This residential project for the use of my family is located in a non-touristic residential neighbourhood just outside the historic district of Granada, Nicaragua, about a block and a half east of the San Francisco Convent. We became interested in Granada through our daughter Hannah who has been a volunteer teacher in different schools in Granada in the summer over the past four years. The opportunity arose in August of 2011 to purchase a house where an old carpenter lived and worked. At the time, he was in his mid-80s and still working. His family wanted him to move to a new, smaller house. Occasionally I still see him walking around Granada with his tools.

Read online.

DB-This is a wonderful account of building a colonial home in Granada, Nicaragua. Robert Mellin is a talented architect who shows what he did and why he did, along with a photo journal. This is special to us because it is right around the corner from our own home. The Casa del Carpintero is well known in Granada.

2013 Junior<br /><br />
Surfing Event

2013 Junior Surfing Event

DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Presented by Billabong

June 8-16
Playa Jiquiliste, Nicaragua

La Jolla, California, May 24, 2013- The International Surfing Association (ISA) is excited to announce the ISA will be returning to Nicaragua for the second year in a row for the 2013 DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship (WJSC) Presented by …

Read online.

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Stop the Barking

It is completely natural for dogs to bark, and it’s one of their most important forms of communication after energy and body language. Dogs will bark as a warning, to protect their pack and territory. They will also bark to express excitement.

Those forms of barking are rarely a nuisance and don’t last long. …

Read online.

I Love<br /><br />

I Love León

A Brief History

 The name León was made up after the Spaniard Francisco Hernández de Córdoba founded it in 1524. Initially the  city was located about 20 miles east of where it is currently. It was relocated back in 1610 when the population fled the old site fearing that the Momotombo Volcano about 2 miles away …

Read online.

Some Relevant Nicaragua Dispatch Articles

Granada’s best police chief has some good advice.

Danish Consular Office in Granada

We also have a great, new USA ambassador with some sage advice.

The Cressmans write a simple, sincere account of choosing Granada.

Government Launches Anti-drug Education Campaign

The Nicaraguan government is launching an educational campaign, entitled Drug Free Nicaragua, aimed at removing the “scourge” from the country. The government of President Daniel Ortega has been more successful than other governments of the region in dismantling drug trafficking and organized crime networks moving drugs to the United States. The campaign against drug use by Nicaraguans, which will be launched next week, will include activities of reflection, lectures, training, exchange of experiences, and marches in all 15 departments and 153 municipalities. The campaign will be focused in the school system. Since 2000, the Nicaraguan army has seized 131,000 kilograms (2.2 lbs) of drugs. [President Ortega has not joined other presidents and ex-presidents of Latin America who are calling for drug legalization to replace the US’s failed Drug War.] (Radio La Primerisima, May 21)

Need Dog Crate

Dog crate wanted to fly a medium sized dog to the states through United Airlines.

Please contact Kris at or call 8787-0190

Greetings from Indianapolis!

This is just a quick note to share a link with you of a video I put together of selections from my photography portfolio. The images form part of a series I’ve titled “One Year in Nicaragua.”


Managua Addresses

Interesting and humorous NPR interview about the lack of Managua addresses.

DB-Does everyone know that Nicaragua now has postal zip codes?

Colonial Home Tours

Have you ever wondered what is behind those doors of Granada?

Help Puedo Leer while enjoying a morning tour of the beautiful colonial homes of Granada.  Be sure to tell all of your friends visiting Granada. All proceeds benefit the children of Nicaragua by providing books, education and other activities through Biblioteca Puedo Leer and Sacuanjoche International School.

More details at:

Going to the USA?

If anyone is going to the USA in the near future, I would be most grateful if I could send a very lightweight small package with you to drop mail once you have reached the States. It is the main board for my TV, that unfortunately no replacement part can be found in Nicaragua.

Sonja Bliss
8946 6512 (Claro)

Inside Out Project

Big Success

I first learned about the Inside Out Project coming to Granada in my local online news source, the Nicaragua Dispatch, and saved the date to capture this sentimental event. What better way to celebrate women in Nicaragua than on Mother’s Day with beautiful LARGE black and white imagery provided as part of a global art project! The Inside Out Project is “a global art project transforming messages of personal identity into art”. For someone who attended RISD (An art school in Rhode Island, USA) in the days of Andre the Giant and Shepard Fairy, I am a HUGE fan of Guerilla and site specific art. I was pretty excited to photograph an installation.

Congratulations to the Women of Nicaragua, The Peace Corp Volunteers, and The Inside Out Project for a successful installation and a heartfelt and artful farewell! The posters will be up indefinitely. If you find yourself wandering the streets of Granada, Nicaragua visit the two sites described and be moved and inspired. Phase IIII will be witnessing the ephemeral nature of these pieces as they disintegrate and dissolve, are covered up or torn down.

For more details and some photos click on below link:

Louise Lakier

Meet and Greet This Friday

Meet someone new and learn something new. Don’t miss this event!

Get Involved, Create new friendships, make new business contacts.

Date/Fecha: Friday June 7th, 2013 Viernes 07 Junio 2013, 4-6pm

Location/Lugar: IMAGINE RESTAURANT and BAR, Calle La Libartad, del Parque Central, 1/2 cuadra al lago, Diagonal del Garden Cafe.

There are many ways to participate:   Business and community leaders, community members, residents and visitors to Granada are welcome to attend the first Friday of each month and also host an event at their business.

New members have the opportunity to introduce themselves to the group.  All members are invited to give a community announcement if they have a new business, are offering a promotion, or have news to share.

Granada Meet and Greet

UE Gourmet launches Italian Week – Buffet Luncheon in Granada 16 June

Our Italian Month Menu is now available on the website with a variety of food to suit all occasions.

Try our delicious Piccata Romana (smoked bacon, sliced chicken fillet, chorizo, crême fraiche etc), the Seafood Lasagna (prawns, smoked salmon, mushrooms etc) or Risotto and Shrimp Curry. We have 2 salads, one with tuna, plus a vegetarian Zucchini Gratin with fresh coriander.

There are a number of starters and snacks and a choice of 4 desserts. All our dishes are now shown on one menu which should make viewing and ordering easier.

If you haven’t already, please check out the details of our forthcoming Buffet Luncheon at Hotel la Bocona on Sunday 16 June. You can make a reservation from the webpage: – it would be great to meet you there.

Please see our website –– try it – you won’t be disappointed!

¡A partir de hoy el Chef propone su nuevo Plato del Día!

Plato del Día a partir del 03 de Junio:

  • Ensalada de la temporada
  • Filete de pollo en salsa de maní con vegetales mixtas
  • Postrecito del día

$10.00 impuestos incluidos
¡Siempre riquísimo y a precio incomparable!

“Drink” especial de la semana en Bistro Estrada!
•    Tequila Toronja – El sabor único de tequila reposado con refrescante jugo de toronja.

Por tan solo US$3.20 / Copa  ( ¡aplica el Happy! )
Valida hasta el próximo Miércoles.

Happy Hour 2 x 1
Desde las 05:30 p.m. hasta las 08:00 p.m. todos los días para TODO tipo de bebidas alcohólicas servidos en copa, incluyendo el ‘Drink’ de la semana!

Calle El Arsenal,
Granada, Nicaragua
Tel : (505)2552-7394
Fax : (505)2552-6512
Reservas ONLINE:

Submission of Articles

Shyness and being an expat do not go hand in hand. We need articles and all of you know something of interest. Write about the shock of coming to Nicaragua, what you like best about Granada, an interesting trip you took, your success in starting a business, financial tips, building tips, Nica music you like, etc. Come on! I’m not a great writer but I’m an interesting writer and so are you. Submit a rough article and we will clean it up for you.

Just send the article directly to me of at least 500 words. You may also send a photo in JPG format and smaller than 150,000 bytes. I will resize it if necessary.

Note – Due to the number of weird expats living here and some pessimists which should return to the country of their origen, we reserve the right to refuse articles or to edit them. Sorry, but some of you are just not happy about anything. We do accept constructive, intelligent opinion pieces.


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