We are on the final stretch of our Nicaraguan adventure and all I can say is that it has been an absolutely amazing experience so far! It was heart touching meeting our borrowers and hearing their stories and seeing first hand how GLOBE has changed their lives for the better! We got a tour of Maria's house and she was soo proud to show us the store she started with GLOBE's micro loan. She even gifted us with some jewelry and cards! The following day we left Managua to head out to Granada, on the way we stopped at Laguna de Apoyo which had a beautiful overlook of a crater lake. I had the opportunity to dance with the locals and we all enjoyed a delicious lunch overlooking the lake.
Granada is an awesome colonial city with a ton of shops and a beautiful cathedral, we walked the town and took our dinner home to eat at our luxurious hotel, Hotel Colonial! Friday morning we left bright and early to climb to the top of Mombacho Volcano. I have to say it was a once and a lifetime experience, we took such a beautiful hike through the rainforest and saw monkeys and frogs. The icing on the cake however was zip lining through the jungle!
We are currently at San Juan Del Sur, a surfer filled beach town on the pacific. Our hotel is absolutely fabulous and I have made a lifelong friendship with the local iguana living next to the pool. All in all, Nicaragua has been a life changing experience, one of the biggest things I realized is the happiness that lies in the simple things. The people of Nicaragua don't have fancy cars, the newest technologies or even properly working air conditioning yet they are as happy as could be. It just goes to show that money doesn't buy happiness and we should be more appreciative of the non-material things like health, family, friendship, love and freedom. The things that money cannot buy. Im excited to see what the rest of the trip will hold for us!