One hundred and thirty-three blogs later. It feels hard to make them original or interesting and even though the travel continues and there is a lot of different content I can talk about, it's still the same. I don't want to just talk about "then we saw this, then that, then we went here type thing". I don't know how other travel bloggers do it.. keep it fresh, keep it interesting. But then maybe my feeling that my blogs are not fresh are more of a representation of how the travelling is not fresh anymore. We have been travelling for 323 days.. nearly 11 months and I think we are all ready to be home (well, maybe not Eric). We know we have precious little time left in our travels, to explore and keep the travel spirit alive, yet, it's hard when our hearts are going more and more to home and as amazing as everything we see and do is, it's become normal. Liam very astutely commented a few weeks ago how funny it is that "the boring things back home are now exciting" for him. And so maybe that's a sign when the travelling needs to shift gears again... when back home is where the adventure awaits.
So, on the eve of our departure from Nicaragua, after visiting colonial cities, amazing beaches, active volcanos, cloud forests, crater lakes, visiting with my uncle and seeing his incredible place and enjoying his generous hospitality... I'm feeling a bit reluctant about our departure. I want to WANT to explore and see more of the country but our travel energies are nearly tapped and the thought of coordinating another bus ride or sourcing out more hotels/hostels, or finding a place to eat just feels a bit exhausting. Even the border crossing which usually comes with that thrill of getting your passport stamped (proof of a vagabond-like life), is feeling a bit more like a chore at the moment. So, we move on to Costa Rica with eagerness, not so much to explore, but because it represents one step closer to home.
But my camera hasn't stopped yet... there was still lots to capture and keep hold of... here are pictures from our visit to the colonial town of Granada, visits to Mambacho Volcano (has cloud forest at the top), Masaya Volcano (still active.. last eruption was just a year ago!), the pretty Laguna Apoyo (a crater lake) and our fine visit to my Uncle Bob's near San Juan del Sur. Enjoy!