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Visiting San Juan del Sur

Visiting San Juan del Sur

Despite living in Nicaragua for 6 months last year, we never made it to San Juan del Sur. But we are here now! Yesterday was our first day. We had beers and good food at Resturante Vivian then hit the beach where the kid’s mind was blown, since he’d never seen the ocean before, even in bay form. Later we had dinner at Restaurante El Timon where we had a nice outdoor view of the beach and enjoyed a great live band. Levi also got to dance with a Canadian grandma and mingle with her daughter and little 8-month-old granddaughter. Here’s some random pics of the...

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Tip Top Chicken: Nicaragua’s Delicious Version of Chic-fil-A

Tip Top Chicken: Nicaragua’s Delicious Version of Chic-fil-A

Tip Top Chicken is a prevalent fast food chain in Nicaragua that sells chicken in various culinary forms. By various I mean grilled or fried. It is essentially, their version of a Chic-fil-A although it tastes nothing like Chic-fil-A. Really, I guess, the only resemblance is that they sell chicken. Okay, so my title to this post sucks, then.   The chicken here is very good as fast food goes. I much prefer it to KFC. They offer “fajitas” which is basically fried chicken fingers, grilled chicken and even whole or half rotisserie chicken. The sides available are tortillas – which are surprisingly good for a fast food establishment – french fries, re-fried black beans, and as more of a condiment than a side, “Creole Salad” which is something I’ve never experienced anywhere else. It’s a sort of salsa with a heavy onion base. Very tasty, indeed. They also offer a wide variety of deserts ranging from ice cream to tres leches cake to even CUATRO leches cake! That’s...

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The Monkey Hut at Laguna de Apoyo

The Monkey Hut at Laguna de Apoyo

We spent a couple of hours out at The Monkey Hut on Lake Apoyo in the Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. The lake itself is 200 meters deep. That’s roughly 650 FEET DEEP. Yes, terrifying. Luckily the surrounding beach successfully distracts from the mind numbing fear of gigantic prehistoric creatures lurking 650 feet beneath the water with relaxation, food, and beauty. We specifically visited The Monkey Hut. Entrance is $6 per person, which you actually pay when you leave, not when you enter. Upon entrance you are given a card. You present the card at various vendors within the resort to buy food, beer, etc. The vendor indicates on the card what you purchased. If you can manage to reign in your fear of the depths you can swim, kayak, or float in an inner tube. When you want to leave you present the card to the receptionist and he or she tallies up your total including the entrance fee. We purchased nothing once inside since we’d already eaten and...

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Hotel el Internacional

Hotel el Internacional

This is the first time we’ve stayed at a hotel in Granada. Since we were in it for the long haul last time we were here, we always stayed in rented houses. There are many hotels in Granada, of course, ranging from top notch luxury right on the main drag La Calzada, to more quint establishments a bit off the beaten path. We naturally tend to gravitate toward off the beaten path, plus we’re bargain-minded folk, so we found this place. It is a small hotel with only 4 rooms. Perhaps this makes it more of a bed and breakfast. Especially since breakfast is included, which I didn’t actually know until I asked how much we owed after shoveling mounds of scrambled eggs, pancakes, gallo pinto, and coffee into our faces like wild animals. A nice, delicious surprise! Our room is cozy, has a small flat screen TV, an air conditioner, and roomy bathroom with a cold shower. Yes, a cold shower. It’s not as bad as it sounds,...

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Choco Spa! Mansion de Chocolate Hotel y Spa

Choco Spa! Mansion de Chocolate Hotel y Spa

Our kid is attracted to water like a homesick fish. Even before we got on the plane to come back to Nicaragua he could not stop talking about going swimming in the pool. Why he fixated so much on something that we have plenty of back in the states I’m not sure, other than his operating system runs on a 6-year-old CPU. Our hotel (Hotel El Internacional) has a small dipping pool, but this is not sufficient for a dog paddling pro like Levi. Luckily the Mansion de Chocolate Hotel y Spa has a very nice, large pool anyone can access for a reasonable fee. You can get a day pass or even a week pass. We got a full day pass for all three of us for $15. Additional good news is that they have a bar. And ducks. So while Levi swam we kicked back a few Victoria Classicas and tried to feed the ducks, which appeared to both please and anger them at the same time....

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Costa Rica: Day 2 – Museo de los Ninos

Costa Rica: Day 2 – Museo de los Ninos

Today we went to the Museo de los Ninos (Children’s Museum) in Costa Rica. This is a damn cool museum for kids and it is HUGE. It is built in the abandoned shell of the former Central Prison originally constructed in 1906. It contains several levels of interactive scientific awesomeness for kids to manhandle, thereby spreading countless amounts of germs around for other kids to coat their respective bodies in. Science! As an adult, the only complaint I have about the museum is that it is too damn big. It’s an unfortunate scientific fact that an adult’s level of “let’s get the hell out of here, already!” will be reached long before a child’s mind has been thoroughly nourished by a four story museum that takes roughly 3 hours to get through. Interestingly, the museum itself works as a demonstration of this fact! But I joke. It really is an incredible museum that does a great job of getting kids involved while actually teaching them something. Among the highlights:...

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