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Posted by Jessica on May 12, 2010
Thirteen Favorite Photos of Nicaragua

We had never been to Nicaragua before, or even Central America, but somehow our trip there last week felt like returning home. The fantastic food, the friendly people, the ever-present history, the gorgeous scenery were all familiar and comfortable, but still incredibly unique and new to us. It was almost like all of our favorite parts of traveling were rolled into one country just waiting for us to explore.

Our trip to Nicaragua wasn't nearly long enough, and we're already debating returning there for three weeks later this year. But for now, our photos and memories will sustain us. And we'll remember Nicaragua as an incredibly gorgeous country wrapped in little streets filled with colorful one-story houses and tiendas, sweet fried plantains and gallo pinto, public buses from our American school days climbing through lush mountains, local dogs trotting past on their way someplace else, and ever-so-welcoming strangers who very quickly became friends.

'One of our favorite churches of the dozens and dozens in the city of Leon

'Relaxing in Las Penitas, a sleepy fishing village near Leon

'The public buses throughout Nicaragua – often painted multiple colors – were originally school buses in America

'Murals can be found throughout Nicaraguan cities celebrating their recent history

'A gorgeous cemetery in the shadow of the lush mountains near Jinotega

'The view from on top of the largest church in Central America which just happens to be in Leon

'We had miles and miles of beach and surf to ourselves in Las Penitas, not another person to be seen...

'...But we did have an escort! He gladly showed us around the beach and even swam with us for a bit.

'The bus ride from Matagalpa to Managua rolled past fields of green and lush mountains in the distance

'Nicaragua has heat, but there's always shade to be found somewhere, like Parque Ruben Dario in Matagalpa

'Although our trip was at the very beginning of the rainy season, the sky was always a gorgeous blue

'The view from our balcony (one of two!) in Matagalpa: sky, mountains, and jungle as far as the eye could see

'The colorful market next to one of the major bus stations in Leon

Sheila
May 12, 2010 at 11:54am
It looks like we missed a great trip. But I think we ended up with the best souvenir!
May 12, 2010 at 12:33pm
I agree! What a perfect welcome home present! We can't wait to meet him! :)
Maggie (Tim's sister)
May 13, 2010 at 11:56pm
Sorry it took me so long to comment for I have been quite sick.

I love the pics and think they are very beautiful. The scenery looks absolutely breathtaking. No wonder you wanted to go visit there!

I'm glad you two made it there and back with no problems. I still miss you guys like crazy but I'll survive.

Much love from me and Emily xoxo

Maggie (Tim's sister)
May 13, 2010 at 11:58pm
P.S. Sheila, congrats on the arrival of Jacob! I hope Aunt Jessica will do her duty and post lots of pics when she gets the chance.
May 14, 2010 at 12:38pm
Thanks for the congrats, Maggie! And sorry to hear that you've been sicky. *hughug*
Amy
May 25, 2010 at 11:15am
Gorgeous! I am glad you had a good time and happy to see you took the cathedral rooftop tour in Leon!
May 26, 2010 at 12:36pm
We had a really fabulous time! We can't wait to go back. And thank you so much for your awesome tips, Amy. They served us well! :)
Shana
May 5, 2011 at 3:56pm
Love the technicolors of this post – makes me smile. Thanks for (re)sharing, and transporting me for a momentito. xox
May 25, 2011 at 8:34pm
I'm so glad you enjoyed it. It's such a vibrant country – I love how much that comes through in all the photos too! :)

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