Posted by: Thida | September 6, 2012

Escaping to Nicaragua

First I wanted to say thank you to all of you who sent condolence messages. It means a lot during hard times. I’m doing much better now but I have to admit that my time in Montreal was getting a little intense. So before I started work, I decided to take a few days and escape to Nicaragua, alone.

I didn’t know where I was going exactly. I hadn’t planned my route, didn’t reserve accommodation, nothing. For those of you who know me well, this is not like me.

I left San Lorenzo one morning and headed to Choluteca. From there, there are two ways to go to Nicaragua: one to Somoto and the other to Chinandega. When I arrived in Choluteca, I saw the bus towards Somoto so I hopped in it (actually it’s the bus that goes to San Marcos de Colon, where we can take a bus to the border).

San Lorenzo — Somoto — Esteli (in red circles)

I had an unbelievable time! In just four days! In Somoto, there is an amazing canyon where you can go hike, swim in the river (it’s more like floating) and jump off rocks.

Moi! Canyon of Somoto

After Somoto, I headed towards Estelí where I went horseback riding in Miraflor, a reserve and village in the area. We had great food with a local family. I was even able to cook — I know, I can’t help it but get involved in the kitchen! — and make cuajada (cheese curd which I mentioned in a previous post and love!)

Cooking in Esteli

Making cuajada. Fresh cheese!

Horseback riding in Miraflor, near Esteli

Most importantly, I met amazing people like Matt, Elise, Alice, Patrick, Andrea, Laurent, Nik, and so on. I was in “backpackers world” with travellers from all around the world. Some on short trips, others on longer ones.

It was a good escape before starting very intense work days! Update on work is coming up in my next post so stay tuned!


  1. I think that you should just take a year off just to travel! :)

    • Oh Lisa! Don’t tempt me!! ;)

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