Mike Cobb, from Mike's Gringo Life, travels to Selva Negra to escape the heat of Managua in the "summer." Â The period of December to May in Nicaragua is called summer by the locals and describes the dry season, a period where not a drop of rain falls for 5 months. This interesting geography creates a special kind of forest along the Pacific coast called, a "Dry Tropical Forest." Temperatures in April and May can reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit, although the humidity is quite low similar to West Texas. The mountains however are delightful with daytime temps in the 80's and nights in the 60's. Standing around the camp fire Saturday night in shorts, I was glad for the warmth of the coals as we cooked marshmallows over the fire.
On this show, Vickie Kuhl, one of the owners of Selva Negra, talks about what it's like to home school their daughter Rachel and to live on the mountain. Rachel enjoys a traditional curriculum, but also participates with scientists studying on the mountain, and has even written and published a book.
In the second segment Amanda interviews Rachel for ORN's Expat Kids about living on the mountain, her life there, and a recent encounter with a spider. Later in the show, Vickie returns to talk about making organic cheese for the farm and resort. In the final segment, Don Sloth, another member of the Selva Negra family, talks about moving down from New York about a year ago to take over running the resort and hotel part of the farm with his wife Karen. He also home schools his two kids and talks about the incredible advantages of being responsible for the education of his kids and the opportunities to engage their curiosity in a variety of non-traditional ways. For anyone considering living in Nicaragua or owning property in Nicaragua, the opportunities to educate children in some fascinating ways abound. Tune in to hear how some expat parents raise kids in Nicaragua.
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