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Finding Activities in Granada, Nicaragua

…and doing none of them.

Granada Nicaragua

I had a long list of stuff planned for my few days in Granada, Nicaragua. I even wandered down to a tourist office to book some of them. I got there, sat down in a wonderful rocking chair, took one look at the brochure folder and decided to forget the whole plan. Continue reading

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Collecting McDonald’s? Or in my case, Via Via cafes.

You probably know someone don’t you? Or maybe you are that person.

There are quite a few people who like to visit a McDonald’s in every place that they go to.

I get it. There’s the familiarity of knowing what to expect when everything around you is different. There’s also the excitement of seeing what is different about them – what different food do they sell? The genius that is McDelivery in Thailand. The Double Big Mac. The novelty of being able to buy alcohol in one. Or just being able to say that you’ve been to a McDonald’s in 20 different countries. Yeah, I get it.

But I don’t do it. In fact, I didn’t think I did anything similar to that at all until I realised this summer, that quite by accident, I’ve been collecting Via Via cafes. 

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Loving Life on Roatan – Once I’d Stomached the Ride There

I think by now we’ve all realised that my posts about Honduras are going to be full of superlatives. There were the Best Tacos Ever and the Best Mango Chutney ever, well, now I present to you: The Worst Ferry Ride Ever.

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Copán: Day Two

On our second day in Copán we were up early to hit the Archaeological Site before the heat hit us. It’s a short walk down from the town to the ruins, so don’t worry about taking a taxi – unlike Copán, the road is flat and you can’t miss the ruins, just walk straight.

According to Lonely Planet, the city that was at Copán was so culturally developed that it’s often referred to as “The Paris of the Maya World”. It’s clear to see from the amount of hieroglyphics, sculptures and carvings around the site that something special was going on here. Whilst these aren’t the huge, intimidating structures that there are at Tikal, Guatemala, parts of the ruins, like the hieroglyphic stairway, are fascinating. You can even see paint left on some of the stelae although, what I did find confusing was the amount of reproductions, you often didn’t know whether what you were looking at was original or not.

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Copan: The Best Tacos, The Worst Pupusas and Lonely Macaws

I’ll remember Copan, Honduras, for lots of things but it will always be the place where, wait for it, I had the best tacos on the entire trip. (Oh yeah, it was also the place someone nearly got shot, but that’s another story and frankly not as important as my stomach.)

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Coffee, Bagels and Definitely Not for Vegetarians: My Tips for Antigua

I arrived in Antigua with one thing on my mind – coffee.

I’m pretty sure the only reason why I knew anything about Antigua, Guatemala, was from reading coffee bean packets and Starbucks had been brewing an Antiguan blend a few weeks before I had left England. I was excited.

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An Unexpected Highlight of Belize: The Chicken Drop

We returned from our day caving at the ATM caves and I found I was locked out of my room. The tribulations of tour life, eh? I did what any other sensible person would do in Belize, settled down into the hotel’s gardens, Belikin in hand and waited with the iguanas until everyone else had finished getting ready for dinner.

Drawn in by the colourful décor, stomach rumbling smells and the happy tunes of reggae, we picked out Flayva’s bar and grill straight away. We gained new friends before even the first round had been bought, most notably an old rasta fella who claimed it was his birthday. We sang him Happy Birthday – probably the 7th time he’s heard it this year!

Photos of Flayva's Bar & Grill, San Ignacio
This photo of Flayva’s Bar & Grill is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Stuffed and many beers down we started to wander up the road, in search of another bar to finish our night at. Continue reading