As we gallivanted around the city of Estali last week, we were amidst tropical storm/hurricane Alma, which kept us from departing for a day or so. During this time I was bit by a dog, which then ate my medication...and I thought it was going to die, as I was whisked off to a doctor to check out my bite. This is not to forget that a gallo (a rooster) crowed incessantly for the entire night outside my window the night before the hurricane started. This was an eventful period of my trip!
After the torrential rain calmed down, we took an adventure to a cascada (waterfall) about 45 minutes from Estali. It was refreshing to experience a bit of nature and pure air after running around the city all week. It is easy to become overwhelmed with emotion between the poverty and amazing organizations trying to improve the conditions of the country, so for an afternoon we escaped. The natural wonders here are more beautiful than most can imagine.
Speaking of natural wonders, Nicaragua is home to many volcanoes, several of which are active. We drove up a mountain in Managua yesterday to gaze into one of them, Volcan Masaya. Nicaragua could and should increase its ecotourism, but the country's government is in such bad shape, and is so corrupt, that Nicaragua does not have the man power or attention needed to make this happen.