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Yesterday I said goodbye to Nicaragua. I wasn’t expecting to be so attached to this country in under a month, and I felt quite sad to leave! If it weren’t for some of my favorite humans in the world waiting just over the border in El Salvador, I don’t think I would have. I have a sneaking suspicion I’ll be back sooner than originally planned.

My final week in Nicaragua was spent bidding adios to San Juan del Sur, followed by four days in the big city of León. Though it was a strange adjustment to be back in an urban environment after weeks on the ocean, I enjoyed León and wish I’d had a few more days there. That said, it felt amazing to arrive on the beach in El Salvador and into the arms of my nearest and dearest from Brooklyn! We’re here for the inaugural Equilibrio festival, where I’ll be surfing, yoga-ing, midnight beach dancing, and leading a writing workshop. If you’re in the area and you’re interested in joining, you better snap up a ticket quick — there are only twenty left.

This week I’ll be mostly offline enjoying the festival, but I have lots of lovely posts heading your way, including my final few from Koh Tao. Happy Sunday!

Photo A

Flor de Cana Sign, San Juan del Sur, NicaraguaA big goodbye to San Juan del Sur

Photo B

Week 192_02More brightly colored Nicaragua churches

Photo C

Leon, NicaraguaLoving Leon

Photo D

Leon, NicaraguaObsessed with hand painted signage

Photo E

Volcano Boarding, NicaraguaVolcano boarding outside the city

Photo F

White Cathedral, Leon, NicaraguaTransported to Greece on the white rooftop of Leon’s main cathedral

Which photo is your favorite?

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  • Marni
    February 15 2015

    Photo F! The white and blue colors are stunning, and it almost makes it look like a stairway to nothing (or anything?).

    • Alex
      February 16 2015

      It was a really cool cathedral — I kept missing the opening hours and so glad I made time on my last day to go!

  • becky hutner
    February 15 2015

    love the color treatment on A!

    • Alex
      February 16 2015

      Shooting backlit is never easy! This turned out pretty well though 🙂

  • Sky
    February 15 2015

    I’m falling in love with Nicaragua too and I’ve only been to Granada. So, so beautiful. We went to Laguna de Apoyo yesterday and it was one of the best travel days so far. If you head back here in the next 3 months definitely let me know!

    Love the volcano boarding pics!

    • Alex
      February 16 2015

      I’m bummed I missed Apoyo! (Well, not too bummed… I know I’ll be back :))

  • Petra @ The Global Couple
    February 15 2015

    A! I love the colours – you always manage to capture the warmth of a place in your photos in the tropics!

    • Alex
      February 16 2015

      Thanks Petra! The tropics are definitely where I belong!

  • Miriam of Adventurous Miriam
    February 15 2015

    Yay, you did go volcano boarding! Can’t wait to see your post.

    • Alex
      February 16 2015

      Yes! Perhaps not the best business decision (I have very little wifi now that I’ve left Leon!) but it was worth it 🙂

  • I love F! Such a neat perspective (and it does look like Greece)!

    • Alex
      February 16 2015

      Thanks Karisa! I think it’s my favorite of the bunch 🙂

  • Miquel
    February 15 2015

    I just love the the way that bright yellow church pops with color!

    • Alex
      February 16 2015

      Again, Nicaragua is just drenched in bright colors. One of the many things I’ve loved about it.

  • Sonja @ Breadcrumbs Guide
    February 15 2015

    I don’t know what volcano boarding is, but it sounds really cool! I pick that one! I imagine it’s kind of a combo between surfing and sledding?

    • Alex
      February 16 2015

      Mainly sledding, in a bright orange jumpsuit 🙂 Check my Facebook page today for an example of the getup!

  • Justine
    February 15 2015

    Photo D for me! I have a thing for hand painted signage too, especially when the paint is chipping away 🙂 So glad you ended up loving Nicaragua so much! Next time I go back, I know I’ll be staying a long time. I love it there! I cannot wait to hear what you think of El Salvador. I’ve heard great things but have yet to make it there…

    • Alex
      February 16 2015

      I feel the same way. What a cool country Nicaragua is! Excited to be spending the next ten days or so in El Salvador, too 🙂

  • Christie
    February 15 2015

    Nicaragua looks amazing – I have to get to that part of the world! My favourite is photo F, the perspective and colours are perfect 🙂

    • Alex
      February 16 2015

      After Southeast Asia, Central America is definitely the area of the world I’m most addicted to!

  • Steve
    February 16 2015

    I am choosing E this week. Absolutely stunning scenery. Great Photo.

    • Alex
      February 16 2015

      Thank you Steve! It was beautiful.

  • Rashaad
    February 16 2015

    I like F – but those people look like they’re trekking up to a new world

    • Alex
      February 16 2015

      Up to the sky 🙂

  • I love C – it looks like the lion is trying to eat the bird

    • Alex
      February 17 2015

      Ha! Didn’t notice that at first, but now I can’t unsee it!

  • Lucy
    February 16 2015

    Hmmm I love your turq trainers but it has to be D. Dreamy dreamy shot:)

    • Alex
      February 17 2015

      I think it’s long overdue for me to replace those babies but man I love them! Will be a sad goodbye 🙂

  • Sarah
    February 17 2015

    F! Makes me crave sunshine in wintery London!

    • Alex
      February 17 2015

      Sending some your way from El Salvador now, Sarah 🙂 Look out!

  • Leah
    February 17 2015

    I think A and F are in a tie this week. Lovely!

    • Alex
      February 17 2015

      Gracias Leah! (And a shot of Flor for you…)

  • Sarah
    February 18 2015

    Volcano boarding is on my list! Great pictures – makes me want to head to Nicaragua asap.

    • Alex
      February 24 2015

      I want to head back already 🙂

  • Jana
    February 18 2015

    Totally Photo A! I just love the colors!!! Also, it delivers calmness and peace!!! Absolutely stunning!

    • Alex
      February 24 2015

      Thanks Jana! I miss SJDS big time.

  • Rahman @ Iran Tours
    February 19 2015

    How was climbing the volcano? Did you have to go very early in the morning or there were no emitting gas bothering you?

    • Alex
      February 24 2015

      We left at 9am! There was a faint scent of sulfur, but nothing unbearable 🙂

  • Serendipity Tess
    February 23 2015

    Obsessed with hand-painted signage as well! YES! Love your photos 🙂

    • Alex
      February 25 2015

      Thanks Tess! My camera always seems to find a chipping-paint covered wall…

  • Erin
    March 3 2015

    Photo F. It’s so white and bright. It’s a much needed bright spot on this very gray Pennsylvania day.

    • Alex
      March 4 2015

      Winter will come to an end, I promise! Keep up the color therapy till then 🙂

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