I’ve been working on a video of our Journey to Costa Rica for the past few months. It’s nearly complete, and eventually, I will put the whole thing online for those of you brave enough to endure the feature length version, but for now, I am going to add some pieces of it over theKeep Reading!

We spent our last morning in Nicaragua at the “Chocolate Factory.” It was located on one of the main drags in Granada. Like every other door we walked through in Granada, there was a whole different world past the entrance. First, we bumped into Julian, a friend from Spanish School. He was in class withKeep Reading!

One of the most distinct memories I have (and will have) of our trip to Nicaragua was no longer than 30 seconds. We were walking back from dinner (in the dark) to our hotel. Erin mentioned this previously, but our hotel, while fairly nice, was just far enough off of the main square that itKeep Reading!

Our trip was motivated by a number of factors, but first and foremost was a desire to expose our children, (and ourselves) to a life beyond the walls of our home and community. While Tamarindo, Costa Rica has been different and challenging, (in relatively small ways), it has not been a shock to the system.Keep Reading!

Thus far we have written about some of the more intense elements of our trip to Nicaragua. This post is about a whole different side of Nicaragua. The day we arrived in Nicaragua was quite busy and filled with new experiences. Once we arrived at our hotel (Real Granada) toward the end of the day,Keep Reading!

During our whirlwind one day tour of Nicaragua, we had the opportunity to see Apoyo Crater Lake between Masaya and Granada, followed by a trip to the Santiago crater at the peak of the Masaya Volcano. We finished our day with a quick boat ride on Lake Nicaragua. We glimpsed some of Nicaragua’s natural wondersKeep Reading!

We returned from Nicaragua last night about 8:30 pm. This is a fairly reasonable time for our kids. None of us sleep while traveling – car, plane, train, bus – be it two in the afternoon or two in the morning, we are all generally alert. But during the last half of our trip homeKeep Reading!

Once completing our crossing of the border into Nicaragua (story here) we were on the road in Nicaragua. As I mentioned before, we signed up for some sort of “one day tour” as part of our transportation to Nicaragua, but we had absolutely no knowledge of what was included. Berman, our Nicaraguan guide, who weKeep Reading!

Costa Rica grants 90 day visas to visitors and since we are here for a longer period than 90 days, we had to renew our visas. The renewal process is simple. Leave the country for 72 hours and earn another 90 days when you come back. It’s as easy as that. We opted to takeKeep Reading!