Bob and Edwin


Seven years ago, we sat together in a pizza parlor. The dark mahogany paneling cast warm shadows along the blinking, neon beer signs. JD walked back to our booth from the jukebox and his lips parted, making way for a smile. The soft sounds of Bob Marley danced in the air and I began to cry. JD was headed back to Monterey Bay to finish the last semester of his freshman year. The distance always made me wilt.

To this day, Marley’s reggae strikes a nerve like no one else. Fond memories and happy emotions.

This afternoon—after exploring the streets of Managua, Nicaragua for a few hours—JD and I made our way into a local eatery, desperately looking for something to fill our empty stomachs. On our way in, a little boy asked us for money and JD gave him a dollar. The little boy smiled and thanked us.

The restaurant was empty, but the humid breeze rolled through the open-air patio. After we ordered local delicacies—queso fundido, frijoles con tostones, plato tipico—nothing other than our favorite Bob Marley song played through the speakers. We sang outloud…no, I sang outloud and JD bashfully looked at me over the lip of his Pepsi bottle.

Once the song finished, a little grasshopper made of palm leaves landed on our table. Just past the metal gate, we saw brown eyes laughing and waving. Our little friend was watching us from a distance. Throughout the course of our meal, more gifts of palm landed on our table, so once the bill was paid, we were smitten.

His name was Edwin. When I asked if I’d be able to photograph him making his craft, he replied in Spanish that, yes, I could take a picture of his art, but of him? Well, no…unless we wanted to pay him extra for using his picture on the Internet. Like I said, I was smitten! 😉

When I boarded the airplane last night, I didn’t think Bob and Edwin would make my day so sweet. The first day in this beautiful country has been lovely and I can’t wait to explore some more tomorrow! Everyone is arriving tonight, so tomorrow morning we’re taking a small plane to the coast, loading our luggage onto an even smaller boat, and arriving to the island…I can’t wait!

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  1. Mark Brooke

    December 28th, 2007 at 5:38 am

    WOOO HOOO! i am SO excited for you. I love the tone of every shot I literally felt like i was there!

  2. Melissa McClure

    December 28th, 2007 at 6:14 am

    Wait, did I miss something? Are you there for vacation or a wedding!! How fun! More pics!

  3. mycandypaper

    December 28th, 2007 at 6:20 am

    Your first day, and you already have beautiful photos to share! Glad to hear you are having a wonderful trip 🙂

  4. Jasmine C.

    December 28th, 2007 at 6:22 am

    I love your stories. What a great day for you! 🙂

  5. Ehav Ever

    December 28th, 2007 at 10:20 am

    Beautiful story and wonderful pictures. You truly have great talent in both.

  6. Katherine Bowman

    December 28th, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    Have a GREAT vacation! I’ll be thinking of you while we get more snow!! 🙂

  7. Mom

    December 28th, 2007 at 2:47 pm

    Please Jasmine, send more pics. Can’t wait! Food looked delicious.

  8. Nataly

    December 28th, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    Jasmine, you just made me incredibly hungry! I bet the queso fundido was yummy! I can’t wait to see more images 🙂

  9. Simply Modern Weddings

    December 28th, 2007 at 5:59 pm

    yummy…that food looks so good! What a sweet story about the kids, how cute they are!

  10. Gena McMillan

    December 28th, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    How fun! I hope you all have a blast on the island! Your on my dream vacation!!! :o)

  11. Papi

    December 28th, 2007 at 9:31 pm

    Jabby, all I want is a soccer jersey from the National Team of Nicaragua! That’s all I ask…
    …according to my calculations, mom and I dished out about $600, 000 from 1980 to 2005

  12. Tiffany

    December 29th, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    mmm you made me hungry for my grandma’s nicaraguense cooking! Loved your edwin story…and marley

  13. cassandra m

    December 29th, 2007 at 8:09 pm

    Like Mark, I love the tones of these photos…feel like I am there. Amazing. I hope you are able to take photos on your boat ride…can’t wait to see. Looks like this vacation has started off wonderfully for you.

  14. kay english

    July 31st, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Cute pictures! I love when they braid the reeds and make flowers. It’s such a great story too and I love when you post things on your blog to raise awareness in other countries