Where We’ve Been
Cusco, Aguas Calientes and Lima in Peru; Miami in the US; Granada, Isla de Ometepe and San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua.
- Visiting Machu Picchu. Simply stunning. I don’t think you can take a bad photo there.
- Being completely handled during our absurd 22 hour layover in Miami.
- Wearing flip flops and skirts again in the warm tropical weather. I loved Peru, but the weather in Nicaragua is just better.
- Seeing the huge grin on John’s face while swimming in Lake Nicaragua and watching the sunset. Gorgeous (the sunset, that is. Though John’s grin is pretty good, too.)
- Consistently dreary weather in Lima that only inspired sleeping. It’s amazing how much I need sunshine to function (good thing we live in Denver where there is so much of it.)
- John celebrated his 33rd birthday this month with kind of a whimper. Last year we had a big party and I made two different types of chocolate mousse desserts, but this year all we could manage was a less than stellar dinner out. He assured me that because life is so good he doesn’t need all the pomp and circumstance on his birthday, but I still would have liked to at least make him a cake. (Our apartment did not have an oven.)
Things I’ve Learned
I’m thrilled to learn that our assumption that 1 week of tourist mode balanced with 4 weeks of living mode would be ideal turned out to be correct. After nearly 10 days of floating around Nicaragua, we are delighted to be planted in one place for a little while in our rented apartment. Even though Nica food is pretty tasty, it’s amazing what having a kitchen and groceries can do for my mood after 10 straight days of eating at restaurants.
Also, so much happens in our lives these days that a month seems like forever. We have experiences and create memories at such a fast pace that every now and then we have to remind ourselves we’ve only been on the road for five months and out of the country for a little over two. Remember Roundup River Ranch? That happened just three months ago, but to us it feels like it was last year. Seriously.
What’s Up Next
We’re in Nicaragua for the rest of the month!