Nicaragua Travel Articles and Photos

Panorama of the Week: Sunset on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast

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A long horizon, inky waters and waning light.  What is it about all this that delivers a sense of peace and perspective, of one's small place in this world? The rhythm of the waves serves as a sort of meditative mantra, keeping petty stresses and worries in their place, at bay.We recently arrived at this spot on Nicaragua's Pacific Coast, and ended our first day … [Read more...]

Are We Too Old to Be Climbing Volcanoes?

The weight of my backpack at 5:00 AM was brutal: 9 liters of water, 1 sleeping bag, and sundry other camping bits and bobs. And I was one of the lucky ones. Dan carried all that plus an old school (read: heavy) four-person tent.Even at this hour, it was steamy. Under the weight of my pack, I was glazed in sweat before we reached the crossroads for the chicken … [Read more...]

The Barber of Leon: A Living Time Capsule, A 360 Degree Panorama

Ah, the local barber. A ritual, a comfort of home.Not so for me. Every haircut is a new adventure: a different country, a new language and yet another man with scissors (or God forbid, clippers) who has his own ideas about style.During a recent ear-lowering interlude in Leon, Nicaragua (see our 360-degree panorama photo below), it struck me that barber shops … [Read more...]