Our third and final country for Central America is Nicaragua. After two weeks in Panama, 10 days in Costa Rica and a few weeks in Nicaragua, we are on our way back to Malaysia. Being able to speak Spanish and communicate easily has been extremely helpful and fun.
Our few days in San Juan Del Sur was relaxing but this popular surfing destination does not actually have surfing. You have to take a shuttle to the surf areas. I enjoyed it but was surprised that no one had mentioned that seemingly key fact to us. A highlight of the trip was viewing both Volcanoes: Concepcion and Maderas while kayaking near Merida on Ometepe. (see photo below) We walked from Playa Santa Domingo to Balgue and from Santa Cruz to Merida. While staying in Altagracia at Hotel Centro, we enjoyed the pechuga ala plancha and a local festival. On Nov 18, the saint Santa Domingo was returned to his church with drums and fireworks as the final parade in the six-day festival.
From Ometepe, I went via Managua to fly to New York City(see photo below) to visit family and friends and celebrate Thanksgiv-akah! George traveled to Granada to enjoy the colonial town, view volcanic smoke in Masaya and we met up in Leon!
Our third travel-writing contest had over 320 writers! Our three contests this year have shared the stories of over 500 Writers. Thank you to everyone for your participation! We will continue to publish all the entries and expect to announce the winners in January. Click here to read all the entries so far!
Thank you to Nokia who have shared a Nokia Lumia 925 with us to trial on the road for photos, videos and social media sharing. We have been in one article and written another for them. I really love this phone, the photos and video are truly incredible!!
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Last month we had some landmarks! On Nov 7, we had our 1001st post on the website, our YouTube channel went over 150,000 views and we joined Instagram. We hope to see you on any and all social media networks.
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We hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving, Chanukah and Safe Travels! Gracias! More from MALAYSIA soon!!!!
Lisa and George (Click here to sign up for this newsletter. )