Tuesday, April 7, 2015

It's Getting Hot in Here

Ojo de Agua, a mineral springs on Isla Ometepe
There's a reason that so much of our life here revolves around being in water.

It's hot. Damn hot.

It wasn't always this way -- December and January were really pleasant -- but like everyone told me was going to happen, April came in like a scorching lion. Walk in the sun for even a minute and you too will be headed for the nearest body of water as soon as possible.

It's gotten so bad that it's nearly impossible to think in the middle of the afternoon -- so you can imagine what that's done to my work productivity. Combine that with the fact that the city of Granada has been shutting off our water
Playing in a "pool couch," next to the real pool.
periodically, and the situation gets quite difficult indeed. Luckily, this house came equipped with a water tank and pump for those times when there's no city water -- something absolutely essential to living a decent expat life in Nicaragua, in my humble opinion. That is, unless the authorities decide to shut off both the water and the electricity on the same day.

The pool's essential too. We are moving to a new house soon (that's all a loooong story i haven't been able to tell just yet) and it's been challenging finding another one with a pool that's in our price range. Even though everything's cheaper here, you can still spend a mint on a nice house with all the amenities -- especially if you don't know who to ask.

For now i am spending most of my days working at my desk while wearing a bikini. It's really not too bad...

Kids on a Granada rooftop, still wearing suits.
Of course, all that sun means the potential for sun and skin damage -- so we have to take extra care with creams and lotions and sweet-smelling coconut oil. To protect your skin from damage, check out Skin FD's natural skin therapy -- some great stuff! 

And for those inevitable bumps and scrapes that happen when rowdy kids spend time in the pool, it helps that I'm CPR and first aid certified. If you're not, check out the Care 1st Training Group's trainings to get you up to speed.

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