When I first started OMIG, I thought that English language blogs were virtually non existent in Nicaragua.
Then I ran into a whole cluster of Peace Corps bloggers who I have duly linked on the right.
But the best yet, with some beautiful writing, is Picasso Dreams.
While so evocative of Nicaragua, it also reminds me very much of my life here in Vietnam.
One month from today, I will also be in Nicaragua.
The good, the bad and the ugly, from Picasso Dreams:
"Not a day passes that I am not entertained, intrigued, or exasperated by some nuance of Nicaraguan culture or language. I don’t have the time to enjoy it, analyze it, let alone write about it. I often wish to have the ability to secretly film my life here – including the soundtrack, and perhaps then people that I love who believe that I have abandoned them will have a sense of empathy as to why I remain silent."
"Initially, I felt like I was living in a dream. I rushed to work every morning, stayed late, and loved (almost) every minute of it. Now it is a different kind of love, where there are too many exasperating days.
"My most infamous moment was after two attempts at baking a really expensive pound cake, abandoned because someone turned off the oven two times, I lost it.
“Tranquilo, Kelly,” hushed one worker when I looked into the oven and after 96 minutes, my really expensive pound cake was still mostly liquid.
"I grabbed the cake pan from the oven with bare hands - not really a brave feat since I may have mentioned that the batter was still liquid and thus the pan not much above room temperature - and tossed the cake pan into a sink filled with water. Water and batter sprayed everywhere.
“Fuck tranquilo!” I screamed, “You ruined my cake!”
"It might sound like I am complaining, but usually my complaints are directed at bad customers, crackheads, and stupid tourists. Fortunately, they are just a small part of my day and I can usually find something funny about these people so that I can gently mock them without getting angry. When it all comes crashing down, at least I know it will make for an amusing story over beers at sunset.
"I look at the hordes of people moving here and shake my head. Most have no idea what kind of ride lies ahead."