New Year, New Horizons: Central America

Busy, busy, busy, as the Bokononists say.

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Howdy, folks! It’s been a while, huh? My absence from this platform has partly been predicated on the fact that I haven’t done any real traveling since the big trip to China last summer, and partly on my having returned to school this past September. Busy, busy, busy, as the Bokononists say.

I decided to go back to university almost on a whim last August, after a 10 year absence. I enrolled part time at Carleton University, here in Ottawa, and my grades were decent enough in my first semester as a special student that I was admitted as a full-time student. So, at age 31, I find myself on the road to a degree in History.

Beyond my precarious balancing act between school and full-time work, there’s been one other big change in my life since my last update: J and I moved in together in September. She’s been kicking ass and taking names at work in her role as an articling student at a law firm in town.

Beyond that, nothing much has changed. Most of my time has been taken up by the twin time-sinks of work and school, and as a result, I’ve (shamefully) let this blog languish… but I’m back now, with a new destination on the horizon: Nicaragua!

J and I knew we were going to go somewhere in mid-February. An unbroken Ottawa winter is a little too much for us these days, and the wanderlust has been nipping at my heels for months now (basically since we got back from China). It took us an awful long time to decide on a destination. Should we go somewhere we’ve both longed to go, like Chile? Do we brave the cold for a chance to see the Northern Lights, and head to Iceland? After a fair bit of brainstorming, it started to look like Costa Rica would be our pick; instead, I pulled the trigger on a pair of cheap tickets to Nicaragua.


Why Nicaragua?

Honestly, Nicaragua has a lot of the same draws as Costa Rica, which makes sense, given that they’re neighbours. Both countries boast mountains, beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, colonial architecture, and both are quite safe for travellers. Where Nicaragua really holds the edge over her southern neighbour, though, is cost. Accommodation, travel costs, even food costs are all astonishingly affordable. J and I also happen to have a friend whose extended family lives primarily in Nicaragua; Jess has been a tremendous resource for us, helping us with suggestions on things to do.

Now, I’ve dragged ass a bit on getting this expository post up (which, you’ve no doubt noticed, is a bad habit of mine). Particularly when you consider that we’re leaving THIS FRIDAY. But believe it or not, I do couple a few posts ready to go in the next few days; a combined packing list and tentative itinerary, and a pre-departure check-in before we leave. Once we’re there, I’ll be putting up some smaller check-in style posts, and a big recap when we get back. Stay tuned!

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