Granada. Eternal rival to León. Both cities founded by the same conquistador. León became the place for the intellectual left, while Granada became a centre of commerce. At first, I only wanted to stay for a couple of days. Have a look at the cathedral, maybe one or two day-trips and then head further south. But I ended up about a month here.
15.03.-19.03.2017 and 28.03.-24.04.2017
How to get onto a bus in Nicaragua, my first advances in the Spanish language and the best things to do when you are sick in Estelí. It’s a town famous for tobacco, coffee and the production of cute postcards cards made of banana and onion pulp. 07.03.17-15.03.17
Do you remember the Carl Barks story, where Donald buys an airplane by accident and travels to Volcano Valley (Das Land der Vulkane)? I found out that this country really exists and is called Nicaragua! 19 volcanoes are sitting near the pacific coast, coughing up poisonous gas and waiting to go off big time. I took Donald’s happy good-for-nothing approach and headed straight towards the peak of the Telica, one of the highest and most active volcanoes here, for an overnight hike. Let’s say I came to the conclusion that I have less endurance than a lazy duck….
How I traveled to Nicaragua and how my first culture shock went down. What I loved about León, what annoyed me and which place gave me disturbing nightmares.