Our Nicaragua Casa

Located near Boquita Beach, Casares & Huehuete on the Pacific Ocean

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The books you gave are going to good use!

photo 12 Casares school class Casares school girls Casares school boy studying Casares school kids Casares school kids photo 14Many are grateful for the books that friends and family sent to the school near our casa in Casares, Nicaragua – I thought you would love to see them being put to good use!

ps- I am visiting again on April 10th and some asked me to put together another wishlist – if you want to order a book that I’ll take on your behalf, click on the link and order directly from Amazon.  It should ship directly to my office and then I’ll stuff it in my suitcase:)



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Thank you for the kind review!



A big thank you to Violete and her family for their recent vacation stay at the casa and kind words!

Good morning Kellian, 
Everything is splendid! Sad that we are going back to Managua today. Thank you so much for opening up your casa. Magdalena and her husband have been amazing and have gone out of their way to make sure we have everything we need. Harold also has been great help. 
Thanks again. 
Violeta E.  (Feb. 22, 2015)

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Just got back – pics from our trip

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Update: Spanish/English books for kids

kids dictionaryThank you to everyone that has offered to gift some books to the kids – they will be THRILLED! I will make sure they know you donated them. To make this simple, I made a wish-list on Amazon for anyone that would like to gift a book: http://amzn.com/w/WPARA63ONDIY. Note that the dictionaries are marked as higher priority. Also, my office address should be one of the shipping options you get… please choose that (no weekend delivery). If I get the books before Dec. 22, they will go with me to Nicaragua for Christmas!

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A Source for Spanish / English Books for Kids?

Casa Kids with Dictionary

Does anyone know a great source for Spanish/English kids books?

The Spanish/English dictionaries and children’s books we brought to the Casa were a HUGE hit with the Caretaker’s kids, Marlon and Michelle, who studied them with the utmost diligence.  I lost count how many times we read “Un gato Y un Perro (A Cat and a Dog).”

It was fun and helpful for us “older kids” too as we spent evenings with the kids practicing Spanish and English together with illustrated dictionaries.

Word has gotten out about the books… it seems our Casa has more Spanish/English books than the local school (they have one dictionary to share for all the grades.)

After talking with the English teacher whom we really liked and seeing the enthusiasm from the kids about learning in general, we decided we will bring some
more books.  We can order from Amazon again, but if anyone knows of Gato y perroanother source that would be good for a slightly larger quantity of these types of books, let me know!  kellianschneider@gmail.com

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Recent Diriamba Horse Festival

We were lucky enough to catch the popular horse festival in Diriamba (Nicaragua) which is near our seaside casa… it was a lot of fun!  We definitely would like to go again as we only caught the “tail” end of it.

We are told that they hold similar horse festivals regularly in some cities around the country.  I definitely recommend participating in one of these when you come visit… you’ll see gorgeous horses, a strong sense of culture, and the whole community coming together having a great time.