|patio of house, open to the sky|
There's also a small cat that loves feet and sleeping pressed against a wall.
|cat with feet|
|cat with wall|
No air conditioning, though it's been INSANELY HOT EVERY SINGLE DAY. In the beginning of the week, I was drinking a gallon of water a day, sweating profusely, and sleeping from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. every day. Doing a bit better now. No hot water, either, but I haven't missed it at all (for obvious reasons).
|garden, open to the sky|
|fried plantains, fried cheese, and salad|
I can understand her better today (Sunday) than I could when I arrived (Wednesday), but it's still a huge problem for me. Most of the time I can get away with nodding and smiling, unless she's asking me a question (then I look like a grinning idiot gringa). I tell myself that it's good practice for understanding native speakers, since I can already understand Spanish professors with their clear diction and perfect pronounciation.
|rice with chorrizo and fried plantains|
Once every other day there will be a bit of vegetable, maybe some cabbage or tomato. I love that Nicaraguan food is typically a little bit tangy, and it seems like there's a bit of vinegar or lemon juice in everything.
On my first day in Granada, before the homestay, I had vigorón for lunch (yuca root, pickled cabbage, and fried pork skin, the typical Granada dish) and nacatamal for dinner (meat with tomato and onion tucked into corn mush and baked in banana leaves).
It's quite different from how I eat at home (fried foods! refined carbs! lots of sugar!), and I haven't had much appetite due to the heat, but I'm going along for the ride.
|nacatamal, corn mush with meat and veg in banana leaf|