Finding Meaning in Managua

As with San Jose, Costa Rica, the general online consensus is to skip Managua; Given the scarcity of time, one must allocate this precious resource to more worthwhile attractions, such as Granada and volcano boarding. I visited Nicaragua for the first time while on a visa run, chaperoned by my psychotic German principal from my […]

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Camping on Isla Zapatilla

The heat and rotting food and lack of water on the fifth day of the Isla Bastimentos power outage overpowered our island- born laziness, prompting us take a few days off of hostel work in exchange for a trip to Isla Zapatilla, one of the smallest additions to the Bocas del Toro archipelago. We heard […]

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Sometimes, Talk to Strangers

We had ridden less than a mile into Panama when a group of construction workers in orange jumpsuits started whistling and hollering in our direction. Anger and frustration bubbled in my chest; I was already getting catcalled. Costa Rica had turned out to be a refuge from the harassment, and I’d hoped the same for […]

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Re-United in Nicaragua

The best week of my life came amidst the worst year of my life. I was the only student at a boarding school in Costa Rica besides the principal’s six kids, with whom I lived in an isolated, commune like environment as the principal spiraled into insanity, but this man’s psychosis is a story in […]

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