One of the problems that I faced in my first year of living in Nicaragua was that I acutely felt the loss of not living near a world-class library system. We had brought our own physical library of books but as you know with kids, they consume books like paper towels when they love to read and we found that ordering books from organizations like Better World Books didn’t work for Nicaragua, they were simply stolen from out of the mail.
We began to rely more heavily on our Kindle Paperwhite digital reader for purchasing new titles. Aiden was at that time just starting to read chapter books but he could get through them so quickly! Books were becoming a frequent purchase and there was always a need for more titles- not only for Aiden but for me, too.
LITERARY LIFE HACK # 1: Connect your digital reader to your local library back home.
A year into our move, I remembered a pamphlet I had picked up at the library as we were leaving Charlotte, North Carolina (USA) that mentioned connecting digital readers like Kindle to our Charlotte Public Library account.
So I sat down and read through the directions and minutes later I was selecting books online at the Charlotte Library website and Amazon was delivering the books to my Kindle for free! In fact, I connected each member of our household who held a library card and for each person we could check out 10 e-books or audio books.Good deal!
A year later, when our Charlotte library cards expired, I called a Charlotte library branch from Nicaragua to get the memberships extended. The library requested when I called that we come into one of the branches in person, but they were able to handle the extension over the phone when I explained that we weren’t able to come in (by the way, this is another reason why I love having a Magicjack Go device that gives me a USA phone number just for these kind of calls that do come up when you live abroad).
So know before you go, if you have not joined your local library yet, please do it before you start your world travels!But if you didn’t, there is still hope…
Sports programs in Granada, Nicaragua are a great way for young newcomers to meet other kids and have a Spanish language immersion experience. The experience of playing sports is somewhat universal, but it’s also bound to be different based on geography, culture and economics. Granada supports mostly youth soccer and baseball teams, but there is a growing interest in organizing a basketball league for tween boys, as well.
Aiden has started to train with a small but dedicated group of boys ages 10-12 who are interested in an intensive workout experience under the guidance of Michael Campbell, an excellent coach and a former professional basketball player for the Masaya selection here in Nicaragua. The boys are very friendly and supportive and about half are bilingual and from other countries. It’s an awesomely diverse group where everyone fits in if they want to play ball.
Timing is everything with kids.
One year ago, Aiden was not interest in the team when I asked him if he wanted to play and I know that then he wouldn’t have taken to the boot camp style drills that Coach Micheal runs for the whole training session three times a week. But now Aiden is very interested in exercise and strength training, loves the hardcore workout, and even comes home and does more.