Saturday, January 31, 2015


One month. 2400 photos. Where to start?

The doors. I guess I'll start with the amazing, colorful, simply beautiful facades that line the streets of Granada. Each door, each wall, each street facing wall was a splash of color and individuality. I asked a carriage driver in my cave Spanish what was up with all of the colors. His answer, "Colors make people happy."

Nicaragua made me happy. The sunshine I so desperately needed. The adventure and off beat travel I crave. The chance to view the world and my kids and myself through a totally different lens. People kept asking me why we were going to Nicaragua? WHY? Why was I traveling alone with my kids? The answer was, because it's there. Because a friend said, "Hey you wanna meet up in Nicaragua?" And without a moment of hesitation I said, "Sure."

So we did. We rented a little house in Granada. We got to know the local grocery store, how to safely cross the street, where to catch the local chicken bus, where to find ice cream, fresh baked bread, good coffee. We walked the town each day, and in the evenings. We smiled at the couples who sat in chairs on the street in front of their homes at night, talking to each other. Every night, in front of their colorful houses.

Curiosity. Conversation. Connection. Contentment. And of course color and sunshine. That's why I went.

I'm home now, but I am slowly going through organizing my 2400 photos, so although not in real time I'll post all about our time there over the next couple of weeks.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Running Away

It took a miracle of technology for me to post this from my phone from Centeal America. I am not terribly computer savvy, especially when my computer isn't with me. We decided to run away from winter. Shocking right? But rather than head to the grandparents in Hawaii we are off on a little adventure to Nicaragua with my friend and fellow blogger Amanda (

I only have a few phone snaps, and even those I can't quite figure out how to post. However, this is a good time to say head over to the Facebook page where I can update a little more easily.
 I will try to post a few more soon and promise a full debrief on our time in Nicaragua complete with real photos when we return.

So far we have... Ridden horses through a remote cacao farm, dodged squalls on Lake Nicaragua in a small fishing panga, made our own chocolate bars, explored the top of Mombacho Volcano, hiked in a cloud forest, taken 7 types of transportation in a matter of 48 hours, indulged in street food, haggled in the markets, swam in a sleeping volcano lake, and every day we are in awe at the beauty of the people and sights of this country.

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