Saripiqui River and Canopy Tour

In a last-gasp effort to see something of the beautiful country of Costa Rica, and with a deal on a tour from a friend, I ventured out alone while Glenn continued to recover from his minor back injury. While being driven out of town alone in a large tour van, via my splotchy Spanish, I finally understood he was taking me to meet another van. Eventually by the side of the road there was a driver named Carlos and a personable, knowledgeable English/Spanish guide, also named Carlos, and a nice Brazilian couple, and we ventured forth.

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Grand Tour of the Islets, Granada, Nicaragua

When the Mombacho Volcano erupted thousands of years ago, it threw huge rocks into Lake Nicaragua forming 365 islets, very large to very small. There is a community of about 1200 people living on them, mostly fishermen. Some islands have fabulous houses of the mega wealthy and others have humble cinder block simple dwellings, yet others are simply lush greenery and trees. Many have hotels and cabanas and houses you can rent or buy.

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Love Your Enemas

Warning: this post might get a bit graphic. You probably shouldn’t read it while eating. You might not want to read it at all! You know how old people can’t seem to have a conversation without over-sharing about their bodily functions? Yeah, that’s how this is going to go. Alternate titles for this post that I considered: The Enema Within Public Enema #1 Sworn Enemas Enema at the Gates Sleeping with the Enema My Own Worst Enema Enema Territory Know Thy Enema Enema Agent Can you see where this is going?

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Nicaragua in Color

Vagabondians adventures in lovely, hot, muggy, friendly Nicaragua! Enjoy.   [slickr-flickr tag=“granada”]

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Escape from Managua, Nicaragua

The malecon in Managua, Nicaragua Yeah, we should have known that when the guidebooks say it's not worth hanging in Managua, they are probably right. We walked around. We took a taxi to see the park at the volcano that overlooks the city but were thwarted. There was some kind of official visitation going on there, and they turned us away. We had the taxi take us to the Xolotlan malecon, where there was a fee to get in of about $.50 each.

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The Price of Free Tickets

When we travel, we seek adventure. But sometimes you should be careful what you ask for… After saying goodbye to my parents and then my brother and his wife, we walked into the terminal at DFW Airport. The flight information we had indicated Gate E4, near where we were dropped off. Unfortunately we discovered that the Spirit Air ticket counter was actually on the other end of Terminal E, around Gate 27.

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We Woke up in Nicaragua!

Waking up in Nicaragua is different! Bird calls outside the window. Lots of them – including a polite rooster across the drainage ditch who waited until after the sun was up to crow only one series of cock-a-doodle-doos. (The Mexican ones crow constantly for any reason, not just good-morning!) Mangos outside our hostel In just a few minutes I have seen some fat brown birds, several great kiskadees, numerous doves, some beautiful dusky blue birds resembling blue budgies in pet stores but larger, and a gorgeous yellow and black bird with a bright orange hood.

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Visit to Guatemala

Since our visas for Mexico were about to expire, we had to take a little trip over the border for at least 72 hours, so we chose the nearest border, Guatemala. We’d heard good things about Panajachel on Lake Atitlan, so that’s where we decided to head. Friends told us the best way to go is on a shuttle instead of taking a bus line as one bus line will take you to the border and then you have to pick up another, and you are left to your own devices in accomplishing the border crossing.

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