I know I haven't written in a while, but I have an excellent excuse. I have spent the last few weeks picking up my life and getting myself back together after spending a week in Nicaragua on a Medical Mission with a Surgical Brigade made up of several of the surgeons I typically work with. There was also some time taken out to experience some of Nicaragua's beautiful places. I got to spend some time in the hospital and some time out in the rural communities and the whole experience was amazing.

It was a long, full, satisfying week and I am still sorting out and processing everything I saw and felt, and I'm still taking my prophylactic malaria medication, but I have a few things in the works and it's time to get busy and get back in the shop.

Maybe you're interested, maybe you aren't but I thought I'd get back on the old blog here, drop a line, and put up some of the pictures I took. Don't worry, I'll be back to talking sawdust here very soon.

One of the gardens outside my hotel room in Managua.

View from the balcony at the Hotel St. Thomas in Matagalpa

Chapel at the coffee plantation of Selva Negra

The home ownership project at the rural village of El Paradisio. Think a variation of  Habitat for Humanity and check out the view just outside your door. 

A shot down the hall way of the hotel in Granada.

Granada, Nicaragua.

A shot through the sulfur clouds at the rim of the Masaya Volcano.

A shot of the Laguna de Apoyo, a lake filling in a volcanic crater. A picture does not do justice to the scope and beauty  of this vista. This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. 

Ratione et Passionis


  1. I've done medical missions to the north in Honduras, and our accommodations halfway to the Mosquito Coast weren't nearly as nice - think sleeping bags and portable generators. I'm jealous!

    Just kidding. Glad you're back, dude.

  2. Looks like a wonderful experience. I have not been south of Mexico but have spent much time armchair-touring Central and South America. I did spend time in dog-monkey-and-donkey (no kidding) shelters in rural India and if your experiences were anything like mine, any discomfort was well-worth it. Rest well and we all look forward to you getting back into the shop (before it gets too hot!)

  3. All the shots are beautiful, but that last one is spectacular.
    Thanks for sharing.


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