Tag Archives: family

Maní’s Immigration Tale

This is a story of how Maní Dalia Raptor Spigel’s life changed forever when she left her small community in Nicaragua to embark on a new life in the United States of America. The alarm sounded at 3:15 am. I grabbed … Continue reading

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Passover: The Sequel

You know you’ve been here a while when you begin to experience events for the second time: Semana Santa, otherwise called Holy Week, otherwise called Go-to-the-Nearest-River -and-Get-Drunk Week, or, conversely, Avoid-the-Rivers-because-only-Drunks-Go-There Week, depending on who you ask; the uncompromising heat … Continue reading

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A History Lesson

My great-uncle Nathan passed away on April 2nd of this year.  He was, on paper, 95 years old.  About a month ago, we found out he had some form of cancer.  About a week and a half ago, he was … Continue reading

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A Note on Boxing Abuelas Out

My mom expressed concern about one of the haikus from my latest post, and I thought I should take this opportunity to elaborate on it.  Here is the haiku in question: As the bus pulled in, I boxed an abuela … Continue reading

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Mid-Service Crisis

Mid-service crisis is: crying on the bus ride home while wedged in between two very large men (and trying to hide it from them).  Here’s a tip: if you put your head against the seat in front of you, you … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving in Nicaragua

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  So when I Skyped with my family on Thanksgiving day, and they placed the computer at the head of table so that the food was within my visual range, yet I couldn’t touch it, and … Continue reading

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Big Time

Well, we did it; we’ve made it to the big time.  Hold your applause. Alison, Sam, and I started a radio show in our town.  The name of our show is called Hablando un Mismo Idioma (Speaking the Same Language). … Continue reading

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Guest Entry: Mom does Nicaragua

At around 12:15 PM on August 19th our plane touched down in Managua, Nicaragua.  The plane erupted into an unexpected round of applause, not because we had a difficult journey, but because families were coming home and could not withhold their glee.  … Continue reading

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Reunions

As anyone who has lived in Nicaragua would attest, the concept of personal space does not exist.  Getting onto a bus becomes a battle as abuelitas and chavalos alike push, shove, box-out, and try to position themselves in such a … Continue reading

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Casa, Sweet Casa

This is a story about a house.  This house, in fact: It is pink and beautiful and has the components to make an outstanding fruit salad growing right there in its very own backyard: mango, papaya, banana, avocado, and cilantro– … Continue reading

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Ellean

This is Ellean. He is my host-nephew and just turned two last Wednesday. Like all good mothers should, my host-sister Marjorie breastfed Ellean for his first two years. Why is this relevant? Because Ellean constantly tries to take off my … Continue reading

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Progress

Two major roadblocks stand between me and Peace Corps-dom:  medical and family.  I’ve made some progress on both fronts this past week. 🙂 Let’s start with medical. Friday morning I awoke to a toolkit update.  They’re reviewing my medical file!!  Totally … Continue reading

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