“Tisey” Aimeediehl’s photos around Tisay, Esteli, Nicaragua (el tisey nicaragua)

Preview of Aimeediehl's blog at TravelPod. Read the full blog here: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/aimeediehl/nicaragua/1158430200/tpod.html This blog preview was made by TravelPod using the TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow creator. Entry from: Tisay, Esteli, Nicaragua Entry Title: "Tisey" Entry: "Last week I found myself with a persistent sore throat that seemed to get worse with each preceding hour until the next morning I awoke unable to swallow without severe pain and a slowly rising fever. I consulted my mamacita here, Dona Senovia who fed me, made me drink lemon water, something for my fever and I went back to bed. It wasn't until the following day I decided to go to the Health Center; despite all the horror stories I'd heard from other volunteers I was willing to take the chance because Managua and the PC Medical Office seemed just too far away. They diagnosed me with a throat infection and antibiotics were prescribed. Immediately, I was feeling better, but because they didn't give me enough - it came back. So, that's when I decided to call the PC Med office. I was put back on antibiotics but the full dose and course. I'm feeling 100% now, but when you're sick and in bed for various days' optimism goes out the window and dreams of home are all you can think about. Thus, the days following, my morale was really low and I needed something to change my negative state-of-mind. So, on Saturday night at about 7:00 o'clock I said to Maye, who was sitting next to me, "You want to go to Tisay tomorrow, I'm inviting you, let's just go tomorrow and we'll stay the night." Maye, my super terrific friend said, "Really? Okay, let's go!" Tisey was just what Doctor Aimee ordered. Tisey is a Nature Reserve located only 40 minutes from San Isidro. I had heard wonderful things about the place from other volunteers, but nothing prepared me for how much Maye and I enjoyed it. Located in the heart of the Reserve is a Nicaraguan family owned and operated posada (bed & breakfast) that offers very affordable Nicaraguan meals and lodging. Even though the posada is located only 40 minutes away, the temperature change is drastic. I went from profuse sweating to needing a long sleeve shirt and from sleeping with a thin sheet to needing two heavy comforters. That alone was bliss! The first day we just relaxed and walked around the posada checking out the mirador (look out point.) Over dinner, we pondered such light conversation such as: where we came from, apes or the Genesis story before getting to bed early. The next day we awoke early and headed a little bit up the road to a very small, but organized community called Garnacha. A Spanish NGO has been working with this town to establish eco-tourism and a gourmet cheese factory. Yes, you heard me right - a CHEESE FACTORY! Good bye negativism, hello happiness! We got a little tour of the place and were told all about the cheese they sell and I immediately bought a little wheel of GOAT CHEESE to take home! Maye bought a few locally made souvenirs for her Ohio boyfriend and then we took the liberty to walk around the town. We found another mirador and spent a long time just enjoying the view. Around mid-day we headed to checkout some rock sculptures I'd heard about but never imagined it would be so large, well maintained, or interesting. A now 73 year old Alberto Gutierrez has been working for 30 years at carving imagines from Nicaragua's history into the rock faces where he lives. He invents the ideas, carves them, and then adds color to accent each work. It's priceless art at its best. In addition, he has landscaped the paths leading to these rock sculptures with help from the youth in the town. It was simply beautiful and awe inspiring. Maye couldn't stop saying, " que bonita!" at every turn and thanking me for bringing her here. Unfortunately my camera battery died before I could snap more pictures, but I think I was able to capture a little of its beauty. Defiantly check out the photos otherwise you'll be as clueless as I was before I went." Read and see more at: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/aimeediehl/nicaragua/1158430200/tpod.html Photos from this trip: 1. ". Mirador in the town of Garnacha" 2. ". A little visitor that was right by our table." 3. ". CHEESE FACTORY" 4. ". CHEESE becoming tasty" 5. ". Wraping up my cheese" 6. ".View from where we stayed...reminds me of NC!!!!" 7. ". Two gorgeous ladies" 8. ". The Rock Sculptures" 9. ". Que Bonita" 10. "More..." 11. "Orchids, named Jesus' crown" 12. "The sculpture" 13. "The sculpture's name" 14. "What a view and more art" See this TripWow and more at http://tripwow.tripadvisor.com/tripwow/ta-00af-e094-25fe?ytv4=1