Intro to Nica

I caught a glimpse of blue-grey sky through the opening of the thatched roof as I sank back in the brightly colored hammock in the strong breeze, and yesterday’s travel headaches slipped away. All is well once again. Today is our first day in Nicaragua, and so far it’s been more than I hoped it would be with the promise of more to come. Compared to the hustle and bustle of Mexico City, this is the perfect second stop. We are staying for the next four days with Mark and Nannette (family friends of Jeff’s) who graciously offered their beautiful house in the town of Diriamba, where they will soon be joining us. In the meantime, Jose Luis has been more than kind, driving us around to different towns and sights, and practicing his English (which is pretty good), while we try our Spanish (still absolutely beyond embarrassing). This morning we went to see the crater lake created by a volcano, which was breathtaking-unfortunately neither the pictures nor any description of mine can do it justice. We might go back down to the water for a swim one of these days. We read in our guide book (given to us by a fellow stranded traveler at the airport yesterday) that the water has healing properties and the sulfur wards off mosquitoes (guess we’re gonna be smelling gooood). Jeff is looking forward to seeing some monkeys, jaguars, and snakes, which are all local inhabitants, on the way down. Me-just the monkeys. Second stop of the day was the active volcano in Masaya. Super hot. Not the melt-your-shoes kind of hot that we had heard about, but definitely steamy, extremely windy (explains the crazy hair in pictures) and our second breathtaking view of the day. Stopped by a local market in what once was a castle. Spent the rest of the afternoon lounging around in the hammocks in the backyard at the house. Aaaaaahhh. Our homecooked meals have been delicious. At some point, I may request the local specialty-iguana soup, but haven’t reached that point yet. So far loving the tiny bit of Nicaragua I’ve experienced, and definitely looking forward to what comes next.

Posted: January 15th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Nicaragua | Tags: , , | 4 Comments »

4 Comments on “Intro to Nica”

  1. 1 vicki said at 10:53 pm on January 26th, 2009:

    Yay, you made it! I saw your new Nicaragua photos. It looks awesome.

  2. 2 Eug said at 6:58 pm on January 28th, 2009:

    happy birthday mari

  3. 3 crit said at 5:05 am on February 3rd, 2009:

    I thought that was a little kid? Hope you guys are having the time of your lives out there. Jeff it was heads this year… first bet of the game so good!!!

  4. 4 HeettyCax said at 1:57 am on October 22nd, 2010:
    Happens… Such casual concurrence

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