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Semana Santa/ Family Week

April 9, 2012

This past week is called Semana Santa in Latin America. It is the week leading up to Easter and students/teachers have the entire week off. Most everyone else has Thursday through Sunday off work, although the restaurants are open.  Many people renew their commitment to their religion, but just as many others get drunk and drown at the beach or die in car accidents or get in fights. The final results are that 64 people died over Semana Santa, two less than last year, in Nicaragua.

I was fortunate to have my oldest daughter (Rebecca) and granddaughter (Maddie) visited me for the week.  Even though many attractions were closed late in the week it worked out fine as we had some time to rest in between activities. They flew non-stop on Delta from Atlanta(only 3.5 hours) and then had a private transfer to my new house. They stayed in a private room with bath –including a semi-outdoor shower.

As soon as they were settled that first day, we walked to the Choco-Museum where we had a class in chocolate making.  This is an activity-intense process –we roasted the beans over an open fire, then crushed them and made them into paste before we made chocolate drinks just like the Mayan and Spanish did. Finally we made chocolate bars to eat later, mine had cashews and Rebecca’s had rum. Delicious!

The next day we took a horse carriage ride around the city to see all the most important sights. We visited the Dona Elba cigar factory and the owner showed us how they made cigars. It is totally done by hand and they only have 4 or 5 people working for them. They only make mild and medium strength cigars and use as organic a process as possible. The best wrappers come from Connecticut-which they use for their cigars.

We had a smoothie at La Floresta and watched the parrots. Rebecca bought a baseball glove and Red Sox shirt for a 12-year-old boy (son of the caretaker at Casa Gallo); and she bought and collected an entire suitcase full and half of another suitcase of clothes, games, toys and shoes for children and adults.  We distributed the clothes and toys that were for specific people and Maddie gave some toys to some of the neighborhood kids who were playing in front of my house. So much fun!

Rebecca got a chocolate massage at Hotel Spa Granada. Apparently they cover you with chocolate then rub in sugar as part of the massage. Too bad you have to shower it off!  More later on our other adventures during Semana Santa.

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3 Comments
  1. Claire Foley permalink

    CAN NOT BELIEVE MADDIE IS SO GROWN UP..LONG TIME SINCE SHE AND ALLYSSA WERE TODDLERS. MOODY TEENAGERS NOW!!!! ENJOY THEIR VISIT AND CAN’T WAIT TI HEAR MORE..HUGS CLAIRE

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  2. “Finally we made chocolate bars to eat later, mine had cashews and Rebecca’s had rum.”
    Rebecca has the right idea!

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  3. “Finally we made chocolate bars to eat later, mine had cashews and Rebecca’s had rum.”

    Rebecca had the right idea!

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