I Went to Central America!

Playa Grande Sunset

Where have I been?

So I realize it's been a while since I've blogged... anything. I actually don't think I blogged once last semester. To put it simply, I was feeling uninspired. I felt stuck. I had all these big dreams about life and travel and the future, but there I was, stuck in class - stuck in a class-eat-practice-work-sleep wheel of endlessness, with a whole other year ahead in sight. It wasn't until I made the decision to NOT work at Callaway Gardens this summer (a commitment that spans my entire summer break) that I found a glimmer of hope. I had spent every summer in college up until now working at this summer camp with the FSU Circus. And don't get me wrong, these were some of the funnest summers of my life. Days filled with sunshine by the lake and nights filled with stories I would never put online where my dad can see. As great as these summers were, I knew I needed something different. I finally had some free time before my now anticipated Tallahassee Circus Camp began in June. I wanted to go somewhere!! So I did.

I spent 6 weeks in Central America!

Cerra Negro

With about $1,500 saved up in my bank account from working part-time at the elementary school and a wad of cash I'd earned from babysitting, I booked a flight to Managua, Nicaragua with no real plan. I just got back and I honestly can't wait to write all of it down! I slept alongside howler monkeys while working in a treehouse outside of Granada, watched a wild horse give birth on a beach, saw molten lava in Masaya's "Mouth of Hell", survived boarding down a volcano (almost), escaped angry killer monkeys off the shore of Ometepe, got raging drunk in San Juan del Sur, worked in a restaurant in Costa Rica, made life-long friends, and frankly, left way too soon.

San Juan Del Sur

I've learned so much from this trip, and I can honestly say it's changed my life forever. I feel like my life has focus again. I know what I want, and I want to travel. 

Until my next trip (until I can make some more money, graduate, and get the f*ck out of here), I'll be posting regularly about my trip to Nicaragua and Costa Rica. How much it cost, why I chose this destination, how I found work, what I packed, how I found cheap flights, what travel card I used, where I stayed, how the transportation is, what crazy stories I came away with. Everything will be answered!

Turns out backpacking isn't about the places you go and what you carry with you, it's about the people you meet and the experiences you share with them.