How do you know when it is time to go? Parenting in Granada through the revolution.

Granada, Nicaragua, Family, Travel, Kids, Central America, Revolution
A new roadblock appeared early morning, June 8th, 2018 on Calle La Libertad at Puente Papa Q, Granada, Nicaragua.

Information. These days in Nicaragua, it seems like there is either too much information coming at us or not enough of it. Either quantity can make it difficult to make confident family decisions going forward.

As each eventful day and night unfolds here in Nicaragua, social media provides a stream of news, texts, and imagery updating the Nicaraguan revolution in real time. Sometimes that influx of information validates our local experience with civil unrest here on the ground. At other times the news fails to capture the lulls, the normalcy, and the positive social interaction that makes it all feel manageable.

One version of events will impulse me to make new plans to get away. But the other moments remind me of what I love about our lives here and will cause me to hesitate, second-guessing the rush to act. Continue reading “How do you know when it is time to go? Parenting in Granada through the revolution.”

A Travel Advisory for Families Planning to Visit Nicaragua

May 11, 2018, Protests, Granada, Nicaragua

I have been caught quite off guard this month here in Granada. Overnight, a spark has ignited a grassroots, political movement in the streets of Nicaragua that grows more powerful every day. This widespread campaign now gives voice to not only issues of political discontent, but also to the outrage over the violent, political repression that was orchestrated by the State to attempt to quiet and squash it.

I have wanted to write a post for a few weeks now about what is happening in Nicaragua, but it wasn’t clear to me what exactly was occurring and where it was all heading. For perhaps a decade, Nicaragua’s opposition in any form has been largely subdued and hushed by fear. It was wondered by all of us watching these events if demonstrators would continue to protest daily, or perhaps wait for the national elections in three years to quietly change their political leadership at the ballot box.

May 11, 2018, Protests, Granada, Nicaragua 3

It now seems to me that Nicaragua has reached a tipping point in this movement that will only cease when the presidential couple is forced to leave office. Meaning, this is the real deal. I believe that this is full on democratic activism that will see a popular revolution through until its climatic moment when the ‘powers that were’ are compelled to step down by civil pressure, if not by force.

I could not be happier for Nicaragua. For years, Nicaragua has politically become less free and just, which in its own way detracts from the natural beauty of its land and unique way of life. Although the manifestations have created an immediate stagnation in the economy and in the tourism industry, it seems from talking with locals that many are ready to hunker down to take a hit for the team. They now have a sense of their own growing numbers and personal power as a group and feel that they can utilize this momentum to achieve their objectives.

What does this mean for travelers planning a trip to Nicaragua?

Continue reading “A Travel Advisory for Families Planning to Visit Nicaragua”

Let’s ready our Granada homes and families for an emergency (because you live here now)

Disaster Prepping, Granada, Nicaragua, Water

Granada Family Living Disaster Prepping Series: Part 1, Prepping for Clean Water Access.

This article is the first in a series that will be published over the next few months to bring attention to the steps that households can take to better prepare themselves for disasters and emergencies. Comments, suggestions and sharing will improve these articles as a community resource and are very much welcomed.

This week, in light of the hurricanes that had been taking place up north, I wanted to put my attention towards thinking about our own vulnerability in Nicaragua to any number of natural disasters that could happen here or really anywhere in the world: in paradise, on or off vacation, any country, at any time.

By the way, I don’t worry about disasters much at all; I prefer to have certain basic response systems in place so that I don’t have to worry about them. I like the freedom in the feeling of readiness. It alleviates anxious energy so I can enjoy what I really want to be doing. But this week, when I personally took time out to assess our family’s level of readiness, I was dismayed to find that I had been ignoring some basic precautionary steps that would greatly increase our chance of survival here in Granada. Continue reading “Let’s ready our Granada homes and families for an emergency (because you live here now)”