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

Ixcacao Chocolate Tour: A Chocoholic’s Dream in Southern Belize

After five months of living in Punta Gorda, I finally got around to the sweetest PG day trip of all: a tour of Ixcacao Maya Belizean Chocolate’s farm and production facilities. There are quite a few artisan chocolate companies in Belize. It’s not hard to understand why: Belize has some of the most valuable, delicious, and nutritious cacao in the world. And as I described … Continue reading Ixcacao Chocolate Tour: A Chocoholic’s Dream in Southern Belize