Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Claro Mobile - Internet Packages to Keep Connected

Fortunately for us, we don't have to rely on the internet to work while we are here on Big Corn Island. Internet on the island is not the most reliable - especially for anyone looking to earn a living online, such as teaching English. However, we do like to stay connected and use the internet daily. WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram are all lifelines for us to our friends and family back home, but are of no use if we can't get online.

Some long term accommodations here on Big Corn Island come with a steady internet connection, but most don't. Getting connected on your mobile device then becomes imperative because you just can't rely on the free internet at the parks or the Culture House.

So... determining the best mobile internet package can be a challenge. About 3 times a week we get a message from Claro indicating that you can purchase 10 GB for only 30 cordobas which is a fantastic deal. However, you only have until midnight to consume the 10 GB.

Since we want to have access to the internet on a daily basis we have found that purchasing a weekly package works best for us. We currently are buying the package on Fridays because you get 5X your recarga - this means we have plenty of "bonos" for making phone calls. So. this is how it works for us: We visit the Claro store and put 140 cordobas on our phone. When we get the "confirmation emails" we select the 7 day internet option. Once that is processed, we usually get a message that says for 10 cordobas more we can purchase 500 MB by typing EXTRA to 8833. Therefore, for 140 cordobas we get 1.5 GB and 564 bonos for making phone calls. Mind you, we can only phone other Claro numbers with our bonos.

If you want to check out what the promotions that are available type *555# into your phone and you will get the following display.

When you select #1 you get the list of available internet packages:

Friday, July 28, 2017

Easy Does It - Don't Get Dehydrated!

Since moving to Big Corn Island, we have found that we are far more active than we used to be. Almost everyday we are biking, no matter how hot it is. Also, who doesn't want to spend time at the beach? Especially, when there are so many pretty beaches to choose from! At other times we are spending hours on boats and buses as we travel to renew our visa or to visit other parts of Nicaragua.

Keeping properly hydrated can be a real challenge. We have already found ourselves feeling unwell because we haven't been conscious of how much and what we have been drinking.

Here are some signs to watch for which could indicate that you are dehydrated:

  • Thirsty - Being thirsty and having a dry mouth is the first indication of dehydration and can be easily treated by replacing lost fluids.
  • Sluggishness - Dehydration can make you feel tired and weak, especially in warmer weather or when being physically active.
  • Dry Skin and Lips - A simple test of dehydration is to pull the skin on the back of your wrist - if the pulled skin stays pinched and then slowly (more than 5-10 seconds) returns to normal, this is a sign you are dehydrated.
  • Feeling Lightheaded - Feeling faint, dizzy or lightheaded upon standing can be a sign of dehydration. In addition to drinking, which provides two-thirds of our fluid intake, foods such as fruit, vegetables, fish and poultry provide the other third. Another good reason not to skip a meal!
  • Dark Urine - An easy way to check your hydration level is to look at your urine. If you 'pee clear', you are likely well hydrated, but if your urine is dark yellow, this is a sign of dehydration and you need to replace the fluid your body is missing.
The above signs were taken from the following article: http://www.chpcanada.ca/en/blog/signs-dehydration

Friends of ours told us about a simple solution that is available here on the island and can be purchased in other parts of Nicaragua as well. It's a powder or liquid called Suero. One of the uses of this is to help prevent or treat the loss of too much body water (dehydration) and replaces fluids and minerals such as sodium and potassium. 

The powder is only 5 cordobas per package and is available at most Farmacias.