Lots of Nica blogs and links below.
I've added it to my Nica Blogs list, in the right hand column, where it sits alongside my own collection of other people's work.
So far, this is the first Spanish language blog I have added. The reason I haven't added others is that while I can't understand them I don't want to be linking to what could be just about anything. Hopefully as my Spanish improves so will the cosmopolitan nature of my blogroll.
My thoughts on the English language Nica blogging community mixed. Firstly good on Peace Corps for obviously encouraging its volunteers to run a blog. There is a list here. New bloggers include Paul and Holly. You can follow them getting grips with all things Nica, here.
VSO, my old volunteer organisation, have just been incredibly crap with using blogs. My experience is that they have nothing but suspicion of them. When I was in Vietnam we were continually asked to write information for new and potential volunteers when they could have simply handed over far better info with a few blog URLs. Anyway...
Here in Nicaragua while blogging numbers are growing, there aren't many bloggers who update regularly and, on the whole, blogs are clearly just written for "the folks back home" rather than for the blogosphere as a whole. Which is, of course, fine. However, one of the more prolific bloggers is Nic of Audaciousness. Others include Eric Winkler.
I'm expecting big things of Sam of Somphonh who has started well. She has been in touch asking my questionable advice on blogging, volunteering and surviving the heat. She clearly has ambitions for both her blog and her photos. It appears also that they will play a large part of her work here with Empowerment International.
Okay now for the me, me, me bit.
Meanwhile here in Granada, the rains have come but only a little. After that first big downpour it has slowed back to a trickle. Water is now off when we get up in the morning and doesn't normally make an appearance till mid afternoon. It then randomly switches off and on all evening. Often at very low pressure. See pic below.
We fill up buckets of water when we have it and tip it over our soapy selves when we get really smelly.
Much more scary (eek) is the suggestion here of power cuts of four to six hours a day next week. Hmm no laptop beyond battery power and, much much worse, no fans.
Guess I could always have a cold shower...ah no, I can't.
Finally, it's still all good because while it's hot, it's also beautiful and clear right now. The picture above is the view from my desk, out through the barred window to Volcan Mombacho.