Caballo Bayo

Cabayo Bayo is a typical dish in Nicaragua. According to Wikipedia, first you serve on the plate a sheet of banana and you put on top a  corn tortilla. This will be added to taste a bit of each dish, among which include: shredded fried steak, chicken, pork, beans, blood sausage, guacamole, shredded cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo, chicharron, tajadas verdes, maduro frito. It is absolutely a delicious dish that we enjoy for festivities or celebrations.

“Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It’s not about nutrients and calories. It’s about sharing. It’s about honesty. It’s about identity. Louise Fresco

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cb-8Enchiladas de Leon (Leon is a city and these are typical from there. They are not filled with meat, just plain and fried.)
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Life’s Challenges

“No one is without troubles, without personal hardships and genuine challenges.  That fact may not be obvious because most people don’t advertise their woes and heartaches.  But nobody, not even the purest heart, escapes life without suffering battle scars.”  Richelle E. Goodrich
glass-blue“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.” Seneca
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Caring for our Environment – #LaudatoSi

From Pope’s Francis new encyclical “Laudato Si”, I’m sharing some of his tips to help and preserve our environment. (source http://cnstopstories.com/)

Get back to nature — “the caress of God” — to recharge. Be more attentive to its beauty and wonder and revisit places that left you with happy memories. (84, 97, 215, 233)
laudatosi“Protect biodiversity, especially wild forests, wetlands, coastal areas, mangrove swamps. (39)”

Promote smart growth. Create livable communities with beautiful design and plentiful green spaces for everyone, especially the poor. Tackle noise and “visual pollution,” and save cities’ cultural treasures. Design spaces that help people connect and trust each other. (44-45, 113, 143, 147)

Jocote

Jocote is a tropical fruit. According to the http://www.goodfruitguide  “the fruit has a thin skin which is purple-red or yellow when ripe. The flesh is juicy and acidic and can be eaten fresh (ripe or unripe), squeezed for juice or preserved. Other names, among many, for jocote are: mombin, red mombin, Spondia mobin, Spanish plum, Hog plum.” As you can see the tree is not pretty, but rather a bit wild. Right now rainy season started so these jocotes you see here (red) are no longer available. Another kind of jocote can be found for the july-september season.
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Wonderful

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.” Anne Frank

Lake Managua & Momotombo volcano

Lake Managua & Momotombo volcano

To My Followers

Dear friends,

It might be difficult for me these days  to post on my blog. After living 8 years in Miami, I have to now go back to my home country, Nicaragua. It’s such a big change. I have mixed feelings. Honestly I am sad, scared in a big way, but also happy to share with my family. Living in Latin America is quite different. There is always good and bad anywhere we live. I have loved being in the U.S. for many reasons. But you see, I have been here as a student. I was able to get a Bachelor’s degree and later a Master degree. And I was able to work for different companies. I thank God for this! My parents are a huge part of this accomplishment too. It all required lots of sacrifice, emotionally, financially, etc.

I am now trying to finish packing all my things :-( , send them back home, meet some great friends & family, and basically enjoy some time in this wonderful city. Nevertheless MY BLOG WILL CONTINUE! This is just a small pause. I love photography and I love my WordPress family :-) If I have a chance I will post soon. I have lots of photos, some of them will reflect moments in Florida, others will be completely new. Let’s see what I can accomplish. It might be quite a challenge to find interesting things.

Jesus I love you & need you every day of my life!

Blessings xoxo,

Sands

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@ Fairchild Torpical Garden

“The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others. Try this for a week and you will be surprised.” Norman Vincent Peale, The Power of Positive Thinking

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“Patience doesn’t mean making a pact with the devil of denial, ignoring our emotions and aspirations. It means being wholeheartedly engaged in the process that’s unfolding, rather than ripping open a budding flower or demanding a caterpillar hurry up and get that chrysalis stage over with.” Sharon Salzberg
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