Granada, Nicaragua

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

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Isla de Ometepe

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

This is what a $3 a night room in Nicaragua looks like

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

Passing Through

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

The Conservation of Energy

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