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Our House Is Finished

This post is a long time coming, but in case you wondering, yes we did finally finish our house. It was mostly complete in time for Luna to be born back in September of 2014. Since then it’s been a … Continue reading

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Settling Into the New House

It’s been about 3 months and we’re loving our new home at Brisas Del Alma. We’re still very busy settling in, putting finishing touches on the house (building shelves to store all our stuff mostly), and embracing our new lifestyle. It … Continue reading

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The New Dipping Pool

The house is now mostly finished, and we have an 11 week old baby girl named Luna. Little Luna has occupied most of our time lately, so I’m way behind on blog posts. Eventually I’ll get a chance to take … Continue reading

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Homemade Yogurt from Beach Walking Cows

I love yogurt with my granola and fruit in the morning, particularly homemade yogurt made with milk from cows that I pass on the beach every morning and evening. Living in Nicaragua has it’s downsides (a shortage of farmer’s markets … Continue reading

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South Nicaragua for the New Year

We live in Northern Nicaragua and don’t make it down to the South very often, so it was exciting to get a chance to cruise down for New Years to live it up in luxury land for a week. Hot … Continue reading

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Beach House Progress – Plycem Walls and Bamboo Siding

We started building the beach house way back in March – or was it February 2013? The point is, it’s been so long that it’s hard to remember. The main delay has been caused by an irresponsible carpenter with a … Continue reading

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Our Caretaker’s House at Brisas Del Alma

Ok, I know you can barely see the house in this picture, but it’s just such a classic shot of me telling the dogs that they cannot eat our caretaker’s pet squirrel “Simon” (named for one of the chipmunks). You … Continue reading

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Surf Lifestyle in Northern Nicaragua

The waves aren’t perfect every day. Sometimes it’s small and kinda closed out, lumpy, and plagued by riptides. That’s just a part of surfing. But the sunrise is beautiful, the beach is empty, the water is warm. Even if the … Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Coconut Cacao Almond Flour Cake with Spicy Blackberry Compote

My husband Kim is an amazing cook. I used to do all the cooking but now that he’s around, I do a lot less and focus on “ooohing” and “aaahing” over the amazing things he makes, plus doing the prep … Continue reading

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Finding Fallen Wood

Our wood dramas continue…. If you’ve been reading about the progress of our beach house construction you’ll see a repeated theme – we’ve been delayed by the local carpenter again and again. Now, the house is pretty much finished – … Continue reading

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Beach House Progress – Slow and Steady

The whole process has been really slow, but at least it’s been steady. We bought a beachfront concession lot back in April of 2012. It wasn’t easy and you can read the full story here. Since then we’ve been working … Continue reading

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Drilling a Deep Well in Nicaragua

We’re in the process of installing infrastructure for a small 16 lot housing development in northern nicaragua called Tierra Del Sueno. In order to provide water for the development we decided to drill a community well at the top of … Continue reading

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HipEhabitat Honeymooners in the Philippines

Holly and Kim Obermeyer took a break from their life in Nicaragua to cruise over to the Philippine Island of Siargao for a relaxing honeymoon. They stayed at the Kawayan Resort which only has two really private very comfortable cabanas … Continue reading

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Holly and Kim Get Married in Nicaragua

Hipehabitat founders Holly and Kim Obermeyer hosted a raging group of friends and family members to a week of fun and adventure in Nicaragua that concluded in an intimate wedding ceremony at the La Bahia Beach Hotel.

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Bodega Progress

We are nearly finished with building our teak and concrete block bodega up on the ridge at Tierra Del Suenos. We’ll use it as a garage, storage unit, and workshop. Right now we’re finishing up the details – painting and … Continue reading

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Digging a Well in the Sand

If you happened to notice our post from a couple of months ago, we bought a beachfront concession lot in North Nicaragua. To catch up on that dramatic story, click here. After finalizing the purchase, the next step was to … Continue reading

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Beautiful Girls on Longboards at the Bay

Afternoon light, a friendly paddle, one 9’2″ longboard with GoPro mounted on the nose, trading off, smiling, laughing, toes on the nose, crouching for speed, cross-stepping into the later afternoon. All part of the life, living the dream.

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Marvelous Managua

Up until now we had avoided Managua at all costs. It was just the place where the airport is located, a necessary pass-through on our way to the beach. Friends who had lived in Managua for a couple of years … Continue reading

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Building a Bodega on the Ridge at Suenos – Part 2

In part 2 of the bodega construction process the floor is poured and the roof is on. If you want to refresh your memory with the purpose of this building and our strategy for building it, click here to read the … Continue reading

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Almond Flour Banana Granola Pancakes

We’ve been going gluten-free these days. After a week’s experimentation I realized that I had more energy and just generally felt better. I’m not perfect though. It’s easy to switch out rice for pasta, but much harder to turn down … Continue reading

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Offshore Tubes in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is one of those places where you can get barreled every day. That’s only one of the reason why I live here, but it was the primary force that attracted me to the country! With lots of great beach … Continue reading

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Teak Post and Concrete Block Bodega

We have begun building up on the ridge! First project – a place to store our tools, saddles, surfboards, wheelbarrow, and the building supplies that we’ll need to collect when we’re ready to start building the actual house. The name … Continue reading

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The New Living Fence on our Lot in Tierra Del Sueno

We bought an awesome lot in the new eco-friendly community in Northern Nicaragua called Tierra Del Sueno and are starting to make some improvements. The first step was installing a fence around the perimeter so we can more clearly see … Continue reading

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Phase 1 Roads at Tierra Del Sueno

It’s been a year or more in the planning stages but we have finally broken ground on the new roads that will service lots in Tierra Del Sueno. We had been waiting to finalize the lot lines before figuring out … Continue reading

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How to Make a Stubborn Passionfruit Vine Flower – Nicaraguan Folk Wisdom

We love passion fruit! Called calala or maracuya in Nicaragua, delicious passion fruit is awesome mixed with plain yogurt, granola, and a drizzle of honey. We buy them a dozen at a time and have been eagerly awaiting for the … Continue reading

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Testing the Rusty Dozer, 4F, and Jokerr Surfboards in Nicaragua

We love surfboards. My current favorite models are the Dozer, 4F, and the Jokerr. I ride them at 5’5″, 5’7″ and 5’9″ respectively. It’s surprising to me that a 5’9″ now feels like a big board. Granted I don’t surf … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Summer Vacation

An open jar of truffle-flavored honey scents the room in sweet musky earth tones amongst a baker’s dozen young hip lawyers, doctors, and a dancer. They’d come to this party in Cambridge, Massachusetts to admire and celebrate the first home … Continue reading

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Living the Dream – Surfing, Dogs, and Ridgetop BBQs at Tierra Del Sueno

This is why we live in Nicaragua – warm water, fun waves, dogs off-leash on the beach, estuary swimming, hiking barefoot, and sausage BBQs on a sea-view ridge with cold home brewed Belgian Ales to wash it all down. Life … Continue reading

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Steve and Danika Choose Their Lot

Steven and Danika Thomas lived in Nicaragua for several years and invested in a large piece of property over-looking the bay they liked to surf. They formed the dream of one day building a home on the hilltop and being … Continue reading

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“Volcan” Cacao-Cafe homebrew Stout

             The third, and possibly the best batch, in tropical home brewing adventures, almost met its end in the moldy rainy season condition of June. The rainy season brings clouds of mold that drift invisibly through the air landing on … Continue reading

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Testing the Rusty Desert Island 8’0 in South Nicaragua

Holly and Lobo try out a Rusty 8’0 Desert Island model in big and small waves around Rancho Santana in South Nicaragua.

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Windmills In Nicaragua

One of Nicaragua’s most valuable resources turns out to be wind.   Super strong (often hurricane force) and consistent winds blow across lake Nicaragua.   These amazing winds are basically Trade Winds that are funneled and amplified as the high pressure on … Continue reading

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Surfing and Surveying at Tierra Del Sueno

The next step in the process of development for Tierra Del Sueno is getting the GPS surveying done. We had a surveyor from Managua come out and put in permanent concrete markers as well as confirming the boundaries of the … Continue reading

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Affordable Sea View Lots in Northern Nicaragua

A few years ago I bought a 1/2 acre lot in a small development in Santa Maria as an investment. I liked the location, only a five minute walk down a shady road to a quiet beach and near several … Continue reading

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Surf Trip to Central Nicaragua

It’s like driving from LA to SD for a swell except just a little bit better…. There are really nice waves all around us in the North, including a few within walking distance, but sometimes when you see a big … Continue reading

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Growing Guadua bamboo

We had been searching for it for nearly a year, since we learned about it in Ecuador.  Guadua bamboo (Guadua angustifolia and other species) is the giant bamboo species native to Central and South America.  It is one of the strongest … Continue reading

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Our garden grows

We started planting the garden in late October, 2011- lots of  chillies (habanero, jalapeno, arbol, New Mex, serrano and others), various greens, tomatoes, Thai basil, lemongrass, dill, tea tree, sunflowers and a bunch of randoms like purslane and indigo.  Some … Continue reading

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Extreme Driving to Extreme Luxury in Southern Nicaragua

We were headed down to Southern Nicaragua to check out Rancho Santana and talk about possibly using it as a location for an upcoming women’s surf and yoga retreat. The drive usually takes about 6 hours but we wanted to … Continue reading

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Hippy Hop Attack IPA

I’ll admit that I was a doubter. After participating in numerous homebrewing efforts over the years I learned that it isn’t easy, there’s a lot that can go wrong, and especially considering our lack of refined equipment I thought our … Continue reading

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Coconut-Rolled Cashew Honey Cacao Balls

We are all about the homemade – home-brewed IPAs, home-fermented honey wine, and now hand-rolled cacao balls!

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Holly Beck Surfing In Nicaragua

Check out a few clips of Holly Beck surfing in Nicaragua in Nov/Dec 2011. Good times, great waves, so much fun!

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DIY Guanacaste Stairs

We moved into our new cabana about a month prior and had yet to take full advantage of the loft because we didn’t have any stairs.  We had considered several funky stair designs with notched logs and spiral things, but … Continue reading

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Simple Life at Home in Nicaragua

I’ve been in the States for two weeks and I’m getting desperate to be back home. After a year of living homeless, bouncing around from one available cabana to the next, sleeping in a tent, the back of our truck, … Continue reading

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Building An Elementary School Classroom with Waves Of Hope

Imagine you’re a 12 year old kid growing up in a remote fishing village in Northern Nicaragua. You’ve spent most of your life barefoot, chasing chickens and skinny dogs through barbed-wire fences. You learned to ride a horse at age … Continue reading

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InnerView with Holly Beck on Korduroy.tv

Holly Beck – InnerViews from http://www.KORDUROY.tv on Vimeo. Check out Holly talking about growing up in Palos Verdes, CA, learning to surf, falling in and out of love with competing, moving to Central America, pumping a well for water, and … Continue reading

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The German Mound Garden

As a 31st birthday present to myself I decided to build a garden. I’ve been reading through The Permaculture Garden by Graham Bell and thought the design for a German Mound looked interesting.

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Eco-Friendly Bee Hive Removal

While trying to install our signal booster antennae on our new house, we heard a buzzing and came across a buzzing mess lurking under the palm fronds. Kim grabbed a plastic bag and I got in place with the camera. … Continue reading

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Mountain Biking to the Real Goods Solar Living Institute

What is this magical product that I found at the Real Goods Solar Living Institute? Watch the video below to find out…

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Trash Pickup in Baja with Save The Waves

Las Gaviotas is a luxurious gated community just south of Rosarito in Northern Baja that happens to feature a very rippable right point break. I don’t usually like staying at a place like this, preferring the tree house, back of … Continue reading

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Building a Cabana in Nicaragua – Walls up and Siding on

The walls are up, the siding is on, and our cute little 18’sq cabana is nearly finished! We had to leave Nicaragua at this point and are very excited to get back down there and put in the details like … Continue reading

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