Flashback Friday: Adventure Honeymoon in Nicaragua

Two years ago at this time we were traipsing around Nicaragua, completely removed from our regular life and utterly transfixed by this steamy, tropical slice of heaven. It was an eye-opening experience for us, me especially, as I had never been to a foreign country, much less one that spoke a different language. Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in this hemisphere and seeing it first-hand made me realize that as humans, we require very little to be happy. It's a country on the rise, thanks to backpackers and surfers and ambitious travelers, but Nicaragua's unity is being threatened by people with too much power and too much money. If you haven't heard of the transoceanic canal, you might want to take a look. To split a country in half using one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world in order to establish a Chinese presence in the Western hemisphere and connect the Pacific to the Caribbean, doesn't strike one as the most ethical when you learn a little more about the proponents and investors, as well as the impact on the people and the environment. To me, it's a sad outcome for a beautiful and charming country trying to level up.  

So, today, I'm going to share some of my favorite photos of our time there. And try not to weep.

Pegasus, my charming steed at Rancho Chilamate. Dreams do come true <3

Pegasus, my charming steed at Rancho Chilamate. Dreams do come true <3

The view of Lake Nicaragua from Mombacho

The view of Lake Nicaragua from Mombacho

The hacienda and piscina at Rancho Chilamate

The hacienda and piscina at Rancho Chilamate

Playa Maderas. Empty, grand, lush.

Playa Maderas. Empty, grand, lush.

Laguna de Apoyo, the mystical warm lake among the mountains.

Laguna de Apoyo, the mystical warm lake among the mountains.

Hotel Spa Granada.

Hotel Spa Granada.

Fulfilling life-long dreams with Rancho Chilamate in Nicaragua.Β 

Fulfilling life-long dreams with Rancho Chilamate in Nicaragua. 

Soaking it in.

Soaking it in.

Our pool in the hills above San Juan Del Sur.

Our pool in the hills above San Juan Del Sur.

A not crowded street in Granada. But a very crowded bus.

A not crowded street in Granada. But a very crowded bus.

Granada, Nicaragua.

Granada, Nicaragua.

The view of the ocean, overlooking our pool in San Juan Del Sur.

The view of the ocean, overlooking our pool in San Juan Del Sur.