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Rosetta Stone and Meaningful Travel

My time in Central America is nearly complete, and I feel the pangs of urgency and hint of sadness I always experience as the end of a trip draws near.…

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On Rosetta Stone and Impromptu Emigration

Do you ever wake up and feel like leaving the country? After rattling around northern Nicaragua for a few weeks, I had an unprecedented bout of early-morning initiative. I decided…

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Going Beyond the Guidebook

My guidebook and I are on the outs. So far, in my current location of Estelí, Nicaragua, it has provided me with bad directions to a hostel, two restaurants, a…

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On Cowboys, Domesticated Waterfowl, and the Sounds of the Eighties

It’s the height of the dry season and the city of Estelí is parched and hot. In the flat light of midday the sprawling, one-story town would appear monochrome, like…

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A History Lesson in Three Dimensions

I liked the city of Leon instantly. The former capital of Nicaragua is a college town in a colonial setting, full of youthful energy, and home to a sophisticated art…

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Real Travel in San Juan del Sur

San Juan del Sur was a sleepy fishing town before it was discovered by vacationers from nearby Granada. Owing to its proximity to some of Nicaragua’s best breaks, surfers followed,…

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Slipping Through the Cracks

I experienced an epiphany today. I realized that despite several years of high school Spanish, over six months traveling and living in Spanish-speaking countries and what I had considered to…

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Exploring Granada’s Isletas

In my first few days in Nicaragua I’ve gotten to know the lodge owner Gustavo, a biologist by training who moved here from Costa Rica for a change of career…

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No Postcards from Managua

A jet clears the Yucatan peninsula and approaches the cord of land strung from North to South America. The wings descend over the lava and lakes of Nicaragua toward the…

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The Rosetta Stone Approach, Mayan Worship and Rock-Hard Abs in Just Minutes

Since beginning with Rosetta Stone and this blog, I have been overwhelmed with interest by friends and family. Amidst the shower of well-wishing and curiosity, two main questions have arisen…

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