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

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