Hungover, Limping, and Half-Blind: How My Travel Troubles Began

If you’ve been following my travels through Central America, you’ve probably noticed that the last few months have been a consistent stream of upbeat and enthusiastic posts. It may even seem disingenuous — how can somebody travel for over a month straight and have only glowing reviews of their experience? Admittedly part of that is in the storytelling. The lackluster days and lukewarm meals don’t … Continue reading Hungover, Limping, and Half-Blind: How My Travel Troubles Began

Laguna de Apoyo and My Brush with Identity Theft

In the last few days of Randi’s visit to Nicaragua we decided to stay one night at Laguna de Apoyo. Laguna de Apoyo is a pristine crater lake conveniently located between the tourism hot-spots of Granada and Masaya in Southern Nicaragua. The lake’s dark sand beaches are dotted with hostels and hotels cashing in on the as-of-yet untouched tropical beauty of the place. Randi and I stayed … Continue reading Laguna de Apoyo and My Brush with Identity Theft

Masaya, Nicaragua’s Festival of Costumed Dogs

The single funniest, strangest, and cutest religious ceremony/party I have ever experienced takes place every year in Masaya, Nicaragua. The Sunday before Holy Week, Nicaraguans travel to Masaya from all over the country to have their dogs blessed at the Mass of San Lázaro (Saint Lazarus). The celebration consists of an early mass, a day-long street fair complete with food, alcohol, and dancing, and a … Continue reading Masaya, Nicaragua’s Festival of Costumed Dogs

Mombacho Volcano: Nicaragua’s Greatest Rip-off?

One of our days in Granada, Nicaragua, Randi and I left the city for a daytrip to Volcan Mombacho. Mombacho is an inactive volcano that is home to coffee farms and cloud forests.  Our day started out by shamelessly embracing our tourist status and going ziplining over a coffee farm halfway up the volcano. We only realized once we arrived that we had purchased tickets … Continue reading Mombacho Volcano: Nicaragua’s Greatest Rip-off?

Hakuna Granada: Nicaragua’s Oldest Colonial City

The old colonial city of Granada, Nicaragua sits on the shores of the behemoth Lake Nicaragua, the same lake that houses the splendiferous Isla de Ometepe. Granada and Ometepe seem worlds apart, though: with its pastel colonial buildings and cobbled pedestrian streets, Granada feels like a European city set to a soundtrack of salsa and merengue. Granada is one of the most-visited cities in Nicaragua, … Continue reading Hakuna Granada: Nicaragua’s Oldest Colonial City