Category Archives: Nicaragua

‘Hey farmer, farmer put away that DDT now…’

…wrote Joni Mitchell in her hit song ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ in 1970. DDT that most infamous of synthetic pesticides, the use of which arguably launched the environmental movement as we know it today, first made it’s appearance during World War … Continue reading

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A tale of two tents

Confession time. After countless nights, and thousands of miles on the road Ned and I recently lost our tent. Despite our love-hate relationship (its tiny dimensions and tendency to leak through the floor in damp conditions gave plenty of ammunition … Continue reading

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Costa Rica: on (and off) the beaten track

3rd – 8th July: Nicaragua was wonderful: so beautiful, so friendly, (so hot!) However, the time had come to move on towards country number eight: Costa Rica. And so, to Costa Rica Costa Rica was immediately a massive culture shock … Continue reading

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The local mango market economy

When we arrived in Esteli at the beginning of June there were mangos literally everywhere. You couldn’t walk 100 metres without bumping into someone selling the juicy, golden fruit from an overflowing basket. This abundant supply was reflected in the … Continue reading

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Out of the mountains into the frying pan: from Esteli to Isla de Ometepe

28th June – 2nd July: A little rusty yet keen to get moving again we pedaled away from the Nicaraguan highlands after three weeks in the area. The rolling hills and dark, rainheavy banks of cloud could almost have been … Continue reading

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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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