Before the year ends, Tyrone and I sat down to think about our year of travel so far. Here’s a list of 2015 Highlights from our time in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. It’s been a year of challenges for sure, but also some great moments.
Here Are Our Top 10 2015 Highlights So Far…
I love this little fishing village! I wanted to start off our travel adventure with a quiet place, rather than beginning in the deep end of some busy city. Boy, did I get quiet! But you can’t forget the 10min sunsets in La Boquita, or the birds on crack and crazy bugs. Finally our friendly hosts – Mike and Beth. They actually worked for a circus. Did I tell you that? It still cracks me up.
SAN JUAN DEL SUR
This is one of Tyrone’s favourite places in Nicaragua… I hate it, and I’ll tell that to anyone who will listen. Tyrone loved the ocean, the sun and the friendly vibe of the beach town (also, the fact that they spoke English was a major plus). I will admit that we had an awesome boat trip, swimming in the middle of the Pacific and catching some fish which was then prepared for dinner. That boat trip is definitely one of my highlights for 2015.
Crepes in Ometepe is a must! Our one day trip to the small island started off a bit rocky. The ferry was cancelled, and we almost died inhaling the coal fumes from the boat that carried us to Ometepe. But once we got to the small town, it was just magical! So beautiful… Did I mention the cheap, massive crepes drowned in Nutella? Can’t go wrong.
PLAYAS DEL COCO
Once we realised Nicaragua wasn’t the place we wanted to spend months in, we headed to Playas Del Coco in Costa Rica. This is what Tyrone and I fondly refer to as The Month Of Perfection. It was paradise. White sandy beaches, a pool and jacuzzi, a room with hot water and an aircon! Just bliss… Of course, I couldn’t find a job down there so that was a bummer. But it was a great month pretending to be beach bums in Costa Rica.
We left the beautiful Pacific coast so I could get a job as an English teacher – our little savings was getting a bit too low for my liking. It turns out, I freaking love this job.
BAFANA BAFANA VS COSTA RICA
This year was the first time Tyrone and I actually got to see Bafana Bafana in action! And they won… The vibe of the stadium was indescribable, and I sang the shit out of our national anthem.
When you think of Costa Rica one of the images that should pop into your head is of lush tropical forests… The closest I’ve gotten to that is a Parque Del Este. It was awesome walking through the park, seeing different plants and taking pics of all the things we spotted.
On our most recent border run we spent 4 days in Granada, Nicaragua. It is now one of my favourite little cities in the world. The beautiful colonial buildings, the clean cobble stone streets and the friendly people… It’s also super cheap! I love love love this place!
TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS FEAST
One of my students – Ariela – invited me to a traditional Christmas lunch at her home on 12 Dec. She didn’t want Tyrone and I to feel all depressed and lonely over the festive season. She also lent me her old Christmas tree so we could spruce up our room with some Christmas cheer.
The lunch was phenomenal. Her family didn’t hold back. We had mashed potatoes, rice, a grape salad, roast pork, vegetables… You name it, she had it on the table. It was so good to sit down to a real home cooked meal.
For tea, Ariela also let us try Tamales – the traditional Christmas food in Costa Rica. It can be described as a parcel of starchy dough that includes some vegetable and pork (you do get other fillings), that’s then steamed in banana leaves before being unwrapped and eaten. I’m not a big fan, but Tyrone loved it.
That’s some of our 2015 highlights so far… Let’s hope 2016 is filled with more adventure, more laughs and a whole lot of love.