Ah, I am SO SAD to report that we missed our date deadline to hit the fundraising goal for the Buildon/Nicaragua trip. HOWEVER. I know a lot of people donated in exchange for drawings, you’re still going to get a drawing from me… but you’re going to get your money refunded because we didn’t hit our goal…if you’d like to still donate that money I’m going to be researching some charities and I’ll update the blog with some ideas.
In other news, I started writing poetry. I’m not saying it’s good, but I’m making a book! Because that’s been on my bucket list! Are you guys into that?
I was going through some old photos & rediscovered my Costa Rica / Nicaragua trip from 2014.
I went during rainy season between American Thanksgiving through Christmas, which is rainy season in this part of Latin America. All the pictures are from the popular towns in Costa Rica: Arenal (Active volcano area that you can hike & natural hot spring spas), Manuel Antonio (Beaches & national park in the rain forest) & monteverde (Highest elevation hiking you can do in the country without a permit).
Costa Rica is amazing because the climate is so unique. It’s a very small country that touches the Pacific Ocean & The Caribbean Sea.
I underestimated how staying in a rain forest would affect me, it was a trip I was really glad I did alone because I looked like a hot mess. It was so humid and rained all the time. I was always covered in a sheen of swear, I gave up on makeup after the first few days because it just melted off and I lived in a ponytail for a month.
There are some difficulties to traveling in Latin America in comparison to Europe, but I’m really missing the scenery. I thinking I’m going to do Manchu Picchu next December.
The script in the sand is something unique to Costa Rica. Pura Vida literally translates to “Pure Life”. The people there use this phrase for many aspects of life i.e. Saying hello, thank you, you’re welcome, etc. I may or may not have have gotten this script tattooed somewhere in my body in a junky tattoo shop in Christmas 2014 while not entirely sober.
On the seventh day of CigarMas, Cigar Claus gave to me…
The Rocky Patel Royale Robusto!
The Royale is a medium-to-full-bodied cigar with loads of flavour and complexity. Rich aged tobaccos create notes leather, coffee & earth. The Royale is cloaked in a gorgeous Sumatra wrapper from Ecuador accompanied by two different binders (shade-grown Connecticut & Connecticut Broadleaf) and fillers from our farms in Nicaragua.
Today and today ONLY, you’ll find the the 5x52 Rocky Patel Royale Robusto at a very special CigarMas price ONLY inside both of our meticulously maintained, custom built walk-in humidors in beautiful Downtown Burlington & historic Downtown Oakville - while supplies last! Oh and the price… you’ll have to visit us to find out.
Village Cigar Company
Burlington & Oakville
*cuts Panama in half and then retains the rights to the Canal for about 100 years*
*sets up Banana Republics in Central American*
*orchestrates coup d'etats everytime they don't like an elected leader in Central American countries*
*continues to fuel civil war in Nicaragua by giving money and training to the Contras*
*is an ally of dictator Manuel Noriega and even has him working with the CIA*
*is the main consumer of the drugs that cause drug cartels and drug related violence to exist"
*supports autoritarian regimes in Guatemala (Ríos Montt) and El Salvador (José Napoleón Duarte)*
*fuels gun violence in Central America in order to have a market to sell more (smuggled) guns to*
*forces neoliberal policies like CAFTA that harm local Central American industries and brands that are not able to compete with their American counterparts*
*uses Manifest Destiny and the Monroe Doctrine to justify their fucked up foreign policy*
IT IS NOT OUR FAULT THAT CENTRAL AMERICAN CHILDREN ARE BEING TORTURED AND KILLED AND THOSE ILLEGALS SHOULD GO BACK TO THEIR COUNTRIES AND STAY OUT OF OURS!!!!! IF THEY ARE SUFFERING THEY SHOULD FIX IT THEMSELVES AND LEAVE US ALONE!!!!1!!
Celebrating women revolutionaries, rebels, and fighters of Latin America: El Salvadoran FMLN Rebels; Nicaraguan Sandinistas; Mexican Zapatistas; Chicana Brown Berets on the last day of Women’s history month.