Monthly Archives: June 2011

Organic kitchen gardens in Miraflor

One of the projects in El Sontule, Miraflor Reserve focuses on the development of organic kitchen gardening. Many people have a bit of land by their house, perfect for growing veggies to meet many of the families’ needs. A few … Continue reading

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More Miraflor moments

To 18th June: With Marlon and Mayra, and their family, we spent ten days up in El Sontule. Our experiences were many and various, all thoroughly enjoyable. At the end of the ten days we felt like one of the … Continue reading

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Wake up and smell the coffee! – Miraflor moments

In reality we woke up a long time before smelling the coffee. In a household where everyone is up at 5am it’s difficult to justify lying in past 6.30am. But why give up the chance to use a ‘great’ title … Continue reading

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Doña Lucia

Our first night in Miraflor we stayed with Doña Lucia and Don Rogelio, the parents of Marlon who was to be our host for the rest of the time there. In the two nights that we stayed in her house … Continue reading

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A ‘New Dawn’ in Miraflor, Nicaragua

7th June: The pace of life in the Miraflor Reserve – 20 miles from Esteli, Northern Nicaragua – is a world away from the usual hustle and bustle of 21st Century living. There is no grid electricity (power comes from … Continue reading

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People, politics and a poet – scribbles on El Salvador

On our first night in El Salvador, we were asked how much we knew about the country. We had to admit, it was very little. Our journey through the country improved our threadbare knowledge dramatically but still represents a drop … Continue reading

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In the shadow of giants

27th May – 2nd June: The geography of the Pacific side of Nicaragua is dominated by a chain of 10 volcanoes – some active – that march across the flat, fertile plain. It was alongside and around these impressive giants … Continue reading

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Promoting permaculture in El Salvador

Land is a scarce commodity in El Salvador. Large fincas cultivating coffee, sugar and cotton monopolise the best spots and, in Central America’s most densely populated country, there isn’t much left over for the little guys. Traditional subsistence farming methods … Continue reading

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