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In the summer of 2017 I spent 3 months in Nicaragua working for Quetzaltrekkers as a backpack guide. I would recommend this to anyone looking to make a difference in the local community, meet other cool travelers, and experience the beautiful nature of the region.... read more
Volcán del Hoyo
Cerro Negro
Chicken Bus


Nicaragua, officially the republic is the largest country in the central Americas isthmus bordered by Honduras to the NW, the Caribbean to the east, costa Rica to the South, and the pacific ocean to the SW. Managua is the capitol and the 3rd largest city in central America behind Tegucigalpa and Guatemala city. The multi ethnic population of 6 million includes people from Indigenous, European, African and Asian heritage. The main language is Spanish, some Indigenous tribes speak their own language. The country is characterized by it's agricultural economy it's history of auto cratee government, and it's in balance of regional development. Almost all settlement and economic activity's are concentrated in the western half of the country. The land of volcano's (28) active and the largest lakes in central America. Present day Nicaragua is still recovering ... read more
Puerto Corinto
The puerto


On Thursday, April 12th, Rebecka and I got up early to take the first ferry at 7AM back to La Ceiba. We were a bit sad to leave Utila since we had had a wonderful time there, but well, now it was time to move on. In La Ceiba, a tour agent was waiting for us and got us and 3 other people into taxis who brought us to a shopping mall. There we had to wait for the boat from Ruotán to arrive and we were told we would only leave at 9h45. We asked the bus driver if there is an exit fee for Honduras and he told us that there is no exit fee for Honduras but an entrance fee of 14$US to enter Nicaragua and that we will have to pay in ... read more
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Dienstag, den 12. April, sind Rebecka und ich früh aufgestanden, um das erste Boot um 7h zurück zum Festland, nach La Ceiba, zu nehmen. Wir waren etwas traurig, Utila zu verlassen, denn wir hatten eine tolle Zeit dort, aber nun ja, es war Zeit weiterzuziehen. In La Ceiba wartete ein Agent von unserem Bus Unternehmen auf uns und hat uns und 3 andere Leute in Taxis gesteckt die uns zu einem Einkaufszentrum brachten. Dort sollten wir bis 9h45 auf ein Boot aus Ruotán warten sollten. Wir fragten in der Zeit den Busfahrer ob es eine Ausreisegebühr für Honduras gibt und er meinte, die gäbe es nicht, allerdings gäbe es für Nicaragua eine Einreisegebühr von 14$US die man nur in US Dollar zahlen kann! °_° Daher haben Rebecka und ich die Wartezeit genutzt um zu einer Bank ... read more
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It's Sunday, it's Easter and we're in the Central American country of Nicaragua. No alarm this morning. We don't have to report for our excursion until 10:10am and it's only 7:30. Karen likes these mornings where we can take our time, not rushing for anything. Besides, she's not much of a "rusher". We get our stuff together; water bottle, cameras, ID, hats and some cash and by 8:30 we are eating breakfast, reading the paper and visiting with our table mates. 10am comes quickly and we hurry down to the theater and wait to be called for our tour. We wait for a good half hour before finally released to our bus, #14. It's a small rig, holding about 20 passengers. Our guide is Pedro and our driver, Manuel. Our destination, the Finca Emma banana plantation ... read more
An Example of One Banana Tree Seedling
70,000 Seedlings Grow Here For a Month
A Baby Bunch of Bananas


Leon was not really great, I mean not bad but not great. After seeing so many people walking around sporting bruises and cuts and hearing stories of broken bones we opted out of volcano boarding, which was slightly disappointing as I was really looking forward to it but it was also $40AUD, a lot to pay for an impending injury. Also the hike up in the blaring sun, even just for an hour, didn’t sound so amazing. This left us with just the city, which is neither big nor beautiful. So the main square is impressive, yes, but it’s also very small and revolves around a church which we were denied entry to, in a very strange fashion. We entered, people were sitting drinking as if it were there house, they asked us if we were ... read more


Achtung ihr Lieben, dieses Wochenende hatte es in sich, also nehmt euch ein paar Minuten Zeit um mitzufühlen: der Spontantrip nach León hat sich allemal gelohnt. Eine Zeit die mich begeistert hat, jede Minute so wertvoll, lehrreich und berührend, dass ich auf jeden Fall noch einmal wieder kommen muss, bevor ich abreise. Eine wortlose Verbindung, eine vertrauensvolle Beziehung: was für eine wundervolle Freundschaft mich nach kürzester zeit mit Kimberlie verbindet - und was für eine starke, inspirierende Frau sie ist! Eine Karriere als Militärpolizistin hinzulegen, stationiert im Friedenseinsatz auf der ganzen Welt, dann ein Studium nachzuholen und im Kommunikationsbereich durchzustarten um nach 12 Jahren in Alaska alles abzureißen (Haus, Ehe, Job, Freunde, Familie), nach Nicaragua zu ziehen und hier ein neues Leben zu starten - mittlerweile seit mehr als einem Jahr… Wow! K... read more
Kimberlie
Geschichtsstunde mit einem Veteran der Somoza-Zeit
El Fortín


Ich liege in meiner Hängematte, mit meiner Lola, zurück in meinem Zuhause in Managua (jetzt hab ich dreimal überlegen müssen ob ich „mein...“ schreib oder nicht). Ich bin müde, aber im positiven Sinne ausgepowert. Der AcroYoga Workshop am Wochenende war gut, nicht zu anstrengend, genau richtig um wieder zu Kräften zu kommen und weiter aufzubauen. León soll eine tolle Stadt sein - ich hab leider nicht viel davon gesehen weil wir in unserem Strandort am Arbeiten waren und ohne Umwege auch wieder zurück nach Managua gefahren sind. Aber das ist okay, ich komme ja bald wieder. Wie schon vermutet war das dieses mal wirklich eine ganz andere Gruppe: Weniger erfahren und sportlich - daher hat der Kurs noch mehr die emotionale und psychische Ebene gefordert. Wer von wenig (bis gar keinem) Sport zu drei Tagen Akrobatik ... read more
Mein neuer Freund - am Strand beim Sonnenaufgang
Sonnenuntergang in León
Abendstimmung am Strand


I haven't blogged for a while because I have been so busy here in Nicaragua, and Fabian has been with me so I have had company as well. We started out in the capital, Managua. We were in separate hostels and the 6 minute walk from my hostel to his was such a nightmare. Even though it was the middle of the day I felt so vulnerable and unsafe. I went the wrong way in my nervousness so many times eventually I just got a taxi. We were only staying one night in Managua as a stopover anyway, there's nothing to see there and it's not only dangerous but also ugly. My hostel was stunning though and was once a safehouse for Fidel Castro during the Cuban revolution. We got a shuttle the next day with ... read more
Beautiful León
León Cathedral
Not sure how I felt about this


blablablubNicaragua in one word: HOT – but let’s start the beginning: I crossed the border with Karlheinz and his overlander. How much harder could it be, to bring a vehicle across the border? I should receive the answer very soon. 1st Karlheinz could not find a document from the prior crossing „NO, you cannot leave the country without this document“… then he found it at the bottom of his back in a… hmm… rough shape. 2nd„THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE!! IT IS WET“ Well, it was wet but all necessary information was still available. Could the Honduran bureaucracy and nitpicking be worse than the German? I thought this is impossible. I dried the document (there was more than enough sun) and discussed a little and – 3h later they FINALLY let us pass. Nevertheless, I would not ... read more
On top of Cerro Negro
Montecristo with the Jewel
Learning how to ride a bike.




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