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So yesterday was Dia de Padre, Father’s Day in Nicaragua – very close to our own Fathers’s Day in the US last week.  We gave our Chef Henry a very badly needed day off since he’s been cooking nonstop for guests at Two Brothers Surf since March – this week has been our first lull.  Henry helped me prepare a feast of pizza last weekend for Robert’s celebration of Father’s Day and we wanted him to enjoy the day with his own clan.  I think he probably worked on his motorcycle all weekend, because he’s had to huff it up our hill to Casa Loma for the past month on foot.  Our grounds keeper Enrique did work for a couple of hours in the morning to pump water from the well on the farm in the valley below to our property and the holding tank on the top of the hill – an almost daily chore when we have guests.

 

I made sure to wish Enrique a happy fathers day, as he is a somewhat new father, having had his first child just last year.  When I wished him a happy day he replied with a comment that translated roughly into something like “Fathers day is the day that the children show happiness to their father” – this sweet man who lives in a very modest home with a clay tiled roof and immaculately clean mud floor, really hit the nail on the head – gift giving in Nicaragua is so simple – you give yourself, your smile, your laughter, your love, your time.

 

It goes so far beyond the big dollar hallmark holidays where cards cost $5 and roses that normally cost $30/dozen rise to $90/dozen on Mothers Day.  Life truly is that simple and I am so happy to live in Nicaragua and be reminded of the small things that really matter and the big things that don’t!

Yes, there may be some things that are worth giving up today – five dollar cups of coffee, two hundred dollar designer jeans, ten dollar movies… But as families are finding ways to save, they are also finding better ways to spend their money and spend time together. When was the last time you had breakfast, lunch, and dinner with your family? For that matter, when was the last time you caught your dinner! I have to admit, my family is quite lucky… We live in Nicaragua for 6 months out of the year and every day feels like vacation. We wake every morning without an alarm clock to the sun rising over the volcano. The first order of the day is simply walking out on the porch and checking the waves. I make a fresh pot of Nicaraguan coffee (which costs less than 5 dollars for the entire bag of beans!) The family spends the largest portion of the day TOGETHER, usually surfing, swimming or hiking – but most importantly, whatever is it, even if it is nothing or simply reading – we are doing it together.

We invite you to bring your family to Two Brothers Surf Resort on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast. It is a short flight from the United States and you will probably spend less on your vacation than the money you would spend at home during the same time!

Bienvenidos!

Susan Gregory (and Robert, Marsh and Auggie)
Two Brothers Surf Resort
Las Salinas, Popoyo, Nicaragua