Weird Faces Run in My Family

By | April 6, 2015

It was the first trip I had ever taken together with my sister Darlene and my grandmother. Three women, in various stages of our lives, the youngest just out of high school, the oldest almost 80, and then me. All of us with differing travel experiences—Dars just starting out with international travel, me with 22 countries under my belt, and Gram with so many travel stories she’s not sure she wants to leave the U.S. anymore. (This is the same Gram who came to visit me in Armenia while I was there for Peace Corps.)

Me, Gram, and Darlene in the Mangrove Forest

Me, Grandma, and Darlene

A family trip to Nicaragua is just the thing to get to know each other just a little bit better. While no heretofore unknown secrets were revealed, the trip did highlight a few of the differences and similarities between my family members and me.

The most striking realization I had was that weird faces run in my family—that is, I’m not the only one who likes to make faces for photos. Who knew?

Exhibit A. What's your idea of a good caption?

Exhibit A. What’s your idea of a good caption for this photo?

Darlene and Gram Resting

Yep. We’re related. Should I be embarrassed to admit that?

While in Nicaragua, Grandma did more pool-swimming, I did more planning, and Darlene did more hanging out with friends. But we did participate in most of the same activities and all had fun (although we suffered to varying degrees in the heat). See the following pictures to see more of the things we experienced together.

TUESDAY

Mangrove forest tour with Tierra Tours.

Nicaragua from the Boat

Nicaragua from the Boat

Birds in the Mangrove Forest

Birds in the Mangrove Forest

Darlene Reacts to a Large Termite Nest

Darlene Reacts to a Large Termite Nest

A Stop at the Beach

A Stop at the Beach

WEDNESDAY 

Corinto beach, where we ate dessert and tried to stay cool.

Shade at Corinto Beach

Shade at Corinto Beach

Grandma with her "3 Milks Cake."

Grandma with her “3 Milks Cake.”

Darlene with Her Dessert

Darlene with Her Dessert

THURSDAY

Horseback riding in the tiny village of Aseradores, where Darlene, my sister-in-law, nieces, and nephew stayed for a week last fall. (Gram skipped the horses, and instead went swimming at a nearby pool.)

Fording a River

Fording a River

My View From My Slow Horse

My View From My Slow Horse

Horseback Riding on the Beach

Horseback Riding on the Beach

FRIDAY

Day trip to the city of Leon, then dinner with Darlene’s friend Luciana and her family. It was fun to get a real Nicaraguan meal in a house and to meet all of them. They are funny people with a great sense of humor.

Traffic in Leon

Traffic in Leon

Family Dinner in Nicaragua

Family Dinner in Nicaragua

SATURDAY

Custom tour through Tierra Tours with our personal tour guide, Franklin. We went to the steamy Masay Volcano, the windy Laguna de Apoyo, and then to bustling Granada where we rode in a horse drawn carriage around the city.

This volcano had an eruption while we were there, but it was a very small one.

This volcano had an eruption while we were there, but it was a very small one.

It was windy and smelled of sulpher at the magnificent Masay Volcano

It was windy and smelled of sulpher at the magnificent Masay Volcano

Steam at the Volcano

Steam at the Volcano

Carriages all Lined Up

Carriages all Lined Up

Horses in Managua

Horses in Managua

Darlene and our Guide, Franklin

Darlene and our Guide, Franklin, in the carriage

Lake Managua

Lake Managua

THE END. Sort of. I went home on Saturday after the full-day tour. Darlene and Gram stayed for another week and a half.

See my grandma’s version of the story on her blog.

When I got home, I broke out my most recent photo album and compared my photos to those of my sister and grandma.

What do you think? Is there any question that we’re related?

Ev's Faces

Ev’s Faces

Darlene's and Gram's Faces

Darlene’s and Gram’s Faces


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2 thoughts on “Weird Faces Run in My Family

  1. Darlene

    this is absolutely hilarious thanks for the good laugh 🙂

    1. Ev Post author

      Glad you thought so, since you are one of the main players in the story!

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