I've just hit the ground running in Leon, Nicaragua. Being a tour leader in a new place can be a bit of a nightmare, but these days I try to see it as a chance to explore and discover information and I see it as a bit of a challenge. I'd done a bit of googling about Leon last night and stumbled upon nextstop.com, where you can create your own travel guides. It is a pretty cool site, that combined with wikitravel I came up with a couple cool places to check out, my favorite being Cafe La Rosita which is just off of the parque central. Holy hell, they have the best iced coffee I've had in AGES and a killer orange cake. Oh me oh my, I am a sucker for a good cup of coffee. Anyhow it was another one of those days that was made better by a bit of time playing in a cafe. That combined with a HILARIOUS trip to the police station to report a stolen camera (a story which I won't recount here) made it a memorable first afternoon in Leon.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
It is true, fair readers, that I have returned to Central America. This has been a bit of a surprise to some old friends. Most of my amigos ticos have no idea where Thailand or Cabodia are, so I've been telling them that I was in China. Now they've all started the rumor that I have spent the last six months eating tiger penises. Seriously.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
This was breaking news almost two weeks ago, which is kind of indicative of the speed at which news in my life moves, none the less it happened: I ATE DURIAN. It took, 3 separate visits, and a cumulative 9 and a half months spent in Asia but I finally bit the bullet. And you know what? It smells a whole hell of a lot worse than it tastes. I also am proud to report that I ate it in Kampot province which anyone who has spent a bit of time in Cambodia knows grows the best durian.