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.