Dry Season/Rainy Season: Nica Nugget 108

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, has two distinct seasons. They are totally different than the seasons in the more northern latitudes of North America and Europe which experience relatively cold Winters, mild Autumns, hot Summers and mild Springs. Here, in Central America we have two seasons: Dry Season and Rainy Season. Let me elaborate… Dry Season Dry Season coincides roughly with the northern latitudes’ Winter, roughly beginning in mid November and ending in early to mid May. The local Nicaraguans call it their Summer, despite the fact that we are located in the Northern Hemisphere. Dry. Dry Season is dry, …

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Digging For Clams: Nica Nugget 107

I’ve been walking laps on the beach at low tide lately with my friend, Maureen, and one or both of “my” dogs. Well, technically I’ve been walking laps on the southern end of the beach since the rains of late have bisected the beach in unequal halves. Maureen lives in town, which sits on the southern and longer (by 1,000 ft or so) continuous stretch of beach that makes up San Juan Bay, than the northern side of the bay where I live. Separating the two sides of the bay and bisecting the beach, is the river. I could walk …

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October 2017 Flashback, Tropical Storm Nate hits San Juan del Sur: Nica Nugget 106

On October 5, 2017, Tropical Storm Nate hit San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. We were spared the severe destruction that impacted many local families and many communities out in the campo. We got off lightly, and we had the resources to survive the inconveniences during the storm, and to hire out the work to make repairs and improvements to our home. But, for us North Americans, unused to flooding and going without electricity and water for days on end, and unused to seeing boats cast up on shore, it was a humbling and scary experience. I wrote about its personal …

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