[Featured Post] Best of: Nicaragua 2014


I’ve been back from Nicaragua for nearly four months now, but my time there is still sitting heavily with me. Continue reading “[Featured Post] Best of: Nicaragua 2014”

My Advice to Future Volunteers of La Esperanza Granada

IMG_20141120_133102 So you’re thinking of volunteering abroad, and you’ve decided that Nicaragua – as one of the cheapest and safest countries in Central America – is looking like a pretty good option. Continue reading “My Advice to Future Volunteers of La Esperanza Granada”

On Being Ready for Travel


I almost cried the first time I saw the house I was meant to live in for the majority of my time in Nicaragua. Continue reading “On Being Ready for Travel”

Paradise on Earth: Morgan’s Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge


Pina Colada in hand, I lay my head back in the hammock of our private cabana on a nearly deserted stretch of crystal water and white sand. Continue reading “Paradise on Earth: Morgan’s Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge”

The Good and the Bad at the Treehouse Poste Rojo

Edit: I have been contacted in the comments by a new owner, and a quick look at the website confirms that the treehouse has been redone. So consider this review a story of the past. Have you been to the new and improved Poste Rojo?? If you have, let me know how it was in the comments!  – Mariana

“!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DISCLAIMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our guests are generally people who enjoy a rustic environment. We attract a young crowd or at least the young at heart. Our guest love the animals and insects you encounter. Our guests don’t mind a bat flying through the dorm or a group of monkeys howling in the morning. (actual TripAdvisor complaints) Our guest understand the limitations of a treehouse in the jungle and seek out the wonders that staying here offers.. If you are too unhealthy, lazy or pristine to climb 150 m or don’t enjoy being around great people, great views and animals in a natural environment. PLEASE stay at one of Nicaragua’s fine hotels with room service and A/C. We look forward to meeting the rest of you!”
Continue reading “The Good and the Bad at the Treehouse Poste Rojo”

Photos of Life at Escuela Pablo Antonio Cuadra


Growing up in Florida, I didn’t get snow days. Continue reading “Photos of Life at Escuela Pablo Antonio Cuadra”

The Baby on the Bus

It was only my second ride on a chicken bus. Continue reading “The Baby on the Bus”

To Teach or to do ‘Something More’?


Earlier this year I found myself laboring over what to do with my life. Continue reading “To Teach or to do ‘Something More’?”

You Don’t Deserve Your National Parks


Yes, you read that right. Continue reading “You Don’t Deserve Your National Parks”



It’s officially spring in Colorado right now. And for those not versed in mountain life, let me clue you in: spring doesn’t actually bring all that many flowers. Continue reading “Recharged”