About a month ago, Sam and I went to my home country of Nicaragua for the first time in 14 years. I planned a trip where I could see my family and some of the beautiful things that Nicaragua has to offer.
I wanted to see as many things as I could but of course a week was not enough. So we only got to do a few of the things that what we planned, hoping that we get to see more when we go back.
The first two days we spent in Managua visiting my family. We stayed in a hostal which was $30 a night ($15 for only one person) but it was a private room, private bathroom, it had A/C, wi-fi and included breakfast. If you need a place to stay in Managua, this is an affordable option! (Message me for details)
Here is Sammy having coffee (which we had everyday) eggs, gallo pinto (rice and beans) and tortillas. We had a typical Nicaraguan breakfast.
Aside from seeing my family, I visited the house I grew up in and several other landmarks in Managua. It was sad to see that all the things I remembered had changed or I remembered them different. My house was smaller than what I remembered, the neighborhood had changed and I felt as if my memories were slipping away.
Then seeing the streets of Managua (my hometown) was kind of bittersweet. It was happy because I was finally there, seeing the streets that I saw as I traveled from home to my school or from home to the market. Sad because the poverty was still there, you can’t escape seeing it. The only things that changed was that the current government added decorative trees with lights on the highways (I guess to make the streets look better?)
These trees were also placed in Puerto Salvador Allende which is a place where locals can go and walk along Lake Nicaragua, eat and do other fun activities with the family. We walked around for a bit and afterwards Sam and one of my cousins went Go-Karting.
On the third day of our trip, which was the same day we were leaving to Granada (a very touristy city with beautiful colonial churches) I visited my old school. I attended this school from kindergarten to 4th grade and I loved this school very much. I have wonderful memories and I couldn’t leave Managua without visiting.The front part of the school (the offices) have changed. Again, one of the sad things about going back is that the front is not what I remembered. I heard they remodeled the front part of the school a couple of years ago. It looks great but I’m sad I didn’t get to see it before the remodel.
Sam and I walked around for about 30 minutes and I pointed out every spot I used to sit and eat with my friends and the classrooms I sat in, etc.
One of the things I loved about this school is that it was an open concept. In fact a lot of the older houses in Nicaragua are like this (open courtyard in the middle) the architecture is heavily based on Spanish architecture. Anyways, we walked around, got a bit in my feels and we went on our way to Granada.
Along the way we stopped in Masaya to check out Volcan Masaya. This place is a tourist spot! I mean who doesn’t wanna see an active volcano.
Sorry for my hair and how I look. The Nicaraguan humidity was not kind to my hair haha.
Seeing the volcano was awesome!!! It’s kind of scary but amazing. We were only allowed to be there for 15 mins due to fumes and all. But it was so cool that we decided to come back at night a couple of days later.
I will continue talking about my trip on the next blog post! Stay tuned!