Granada didn't suit me. It's an old colonial town, so on it's face, it has a great deal of appeal. The Parque Central is lovely, as is the cathedral, and the streets are lined with brightly painted buildings. Volcan Mombacho looms, always there to orient yourself. But the streets are full of tourists acting like … Continue reading Granada, Nicaragua
I have no stake in the traveller vs tourist debate. I think anyone who goes anywhere is a little bit of both. If there were a Kinsey scale, with 1 being a tourist and 10 being a traveller, I'd put myself at about 7 in relation to my fellow American's, but 5 compared to the … Continue reading Travel isn’t supposed to be easy
There are easier ways of getting to Isla de Ometepe than an eleven-hour ferry ride that arrives after midnight. There's one other way; taking a one-hour ferry from San Jorge, 1.5 hours from the capital of Nicaragua or the border with Costa Rica. Sometimes I like to make things hard for myself. There was an … Continue reading Isla de Ometepe
My original hotel choice fell through when I couldn't find it in this small place. It wasn't late, so I wasn't panicked, but I wanted to put an end to a long day of buses, boats and border crossing, so I went in a place that I saw some other backpackers go.I asked if they … Continue reading This is what a $3 a night room in Nicaragua looks like
This morning I sat on the front patio of my hostel in Santa Elena at 6:00am drinking coffee, watching the rain blow through in endless tides of mist. It started raining yesterday afternoon as I was hiking up the highest peak in the area, Cerro Amigos(a hike abandoned halfway up when I realized the advertised … Continue reading Passing Through
Searching for answers. The thinking person's capuchin. Can't beat the heat. Squirrel monkey. . Family. Cuticle check.
Costa Rica is a trap, set by who knows to derail my trip before it barely even starts. I can see why so many ex-pats end up here. It's an easy place to drop out; to show up and decide never to move again. There were butterflies in my stomach as I walked to the … Continue reading The Conservation of Energy