Nicaragua is a beautiful country, and the Nicaraguan people are among the friendliest I’ve met. Although I have only a handful of Spanish words, many of them have helped me bumble through their country. A taxi driver came back after he realized I’d asked him to take me to the wrong place, drove me to the right place, and refused extra money. A local who saw me retracing my steps beckoned me over to help me find where I was on the map. A guy on a motorcycle gave me a lift to the bus stop on a deserted road in the blazing sun and wouldn’t let me pay him. You should come here for sure.
Still, ever since that motorcycle ride around Ometepe I have had dreams day and night about getting back on two wheels. I’ve planned for some years to motorcycle the length of Vietnam and after almost a month in Nicaragua I’ve decided to use the rest of my travel budget to do it. I got the break I came for and I’d much rather go do the thing I’m pining for than continue to chill on a trip that, in my heart, is over.
Based on the advice of an Australian I met here who has done a motorcycle tour of Vietnam, plus what I read in a guide book a while ago, I’m going to set the trip for later this year, probably November. Between now and then I’ll work in San Diego and take a couple awesome trips around the US.
Unexpectedly, my birthday is about 30 hours after I get back to San Diego, so if you’ll be in town I’ll be doing a little something either on the 26th or 27th of March, 2015. I’ll bring a slideshow of my Nicaragua pictures and my pretty face, but since I’ll still be living in a hotel the rest of the accommodations are up to the pub staff. Be there!
As a parting gift from Nicaragua, here is a picture of the Masaya Lagoon and its volcano: