Spanish Classes in Esteli, Nicaragua

Once my friend Sabina left to return to the United States, I had time to focus on one of my major goals for my trip: to learn Spanish. Due to the amount of eager backpackers in the area, Central America is chock full of Spanish schools. These schools offer weekly one-on-one Spanish lessons, often accompanied by homestays and meals with local families. All of this … Continue reading Spanish Classes in Esteli, Nicaragua

Leon, Nicaragua: Colonial Buildings, Rich Culture, and the Infamous Quesillo

Despite the tone of my last post, Leon, Nicaragua has much more to offer than just volcano boarding. In fact, before I even knew volcano boarding existed I was interested in visiting this colonial, political university town. Leon and its university played an integral role in the country’s relatively recent civil war, and I suspected that visiting Leon would mean diving headfirst into Nicaragua’s culture. … Continue reading Leon, Nicaragua: Colonial Buildings, Rich Culture, and the Infamous Quesillo

Volcano Boarding in Leon, Nicaragua

I arrived in Nicaragua brimming  with excitement for several reasons. For one, it was the first major stop and most-anticipated country of my Central America trip. Even better, my first week would be spent with my perfectly exquisite friend Sabina. To top it all off, Sabina and I were heading to the colonial city of Leon to experience an infamous, absurd-sounding, mind-boggling adventure sport: volcano boarding. Leon … Continue reading Volcano Boarding in Leon, Nicaragua

What I Learned About Belize: 8 Traits That Make The Country Unique

As I prepared to leave Belize, I thought extensively about how to synthesize my thoughts on the country I had called home for the past six months. It was a fascinating half year. I learned an unbelievable amount about Belize, the world, and myself during my time there. I don’t pretend to be an expert on Belize. Six months is a relatively short time to … Continue reading What I Learned About Belize: 8 Traits That Make The Country Unique

Waterfalls, Canyons, and Castles in Rio Dulce, Guatemala

The town of Rio Dulce, Guatemala, is often only a transit stop for backpackers traveling up the Rio Dulce River to the port town of Livingston. I had a few days to kill in the area, though, and was thrilled to find that the town has a handful of attractions that are well worth the stop. The Hot Spring Waterfall Yeah, you read that right: … Continue reading Waterfalls, Canyons, and Castles in Rio Dulce, Guatemala