As I sat at home reading one of my favorite books, I found myself reminiscing and missing the beautiful country of Nicaragua. If you've ever been lucky enough to visit this beautiful country, I'm sure you can relate to the feeling of longing for the cool pacific breezes along the beach or maybe the delicious Nicaraguan cuisine. Here are some of my fun ways to pass the time at home and remember Nicaragua. to set the mood the kitchen may be a good place for us to start.
Cook up a Nicaraguan Favorite
This is How a True Nicaraguan Quesillo Looks Like
Sometimes the basics are the best way to go, and a basic in Nicaragua is Quesillo. Simple, easy, and voila, a taste of Nicaragua at home! This a treat that is simple and quick to prepare, and has Nicaragua written all over it. Follow these simple steps to have one in your hands in minutes:
- In a skillet over medium-high heat, heat up a corn tortilla with soft white cheese (mozzarella is a great option) on top.
- Once the cheese is melted take it off the heat, and add pickled onions, salt, and sour cream.
- Wrap it in plastic if you want to eat it as you would in Nicaragua or serve on a plate and enjoy it.
Think of your Favorite Memory
Surfing on the Waves of Asuchillo Beach
Certain foods have the ability to remind you of experiences you have had. While Quesillo reminds me of Nicaragua, you may be thinking of spending sunny days at Asuchillo Beach, just a short walk down the beach from Gran Pacifica Resort. Nearby you can also find the popular Meatgrinders surf spot; one of the most popular surfing destination in Nicaragua. Year after year the Nicaraguan beaches see many surfers braving the impressive Pacific waves. This is definitely an experience I will be adding to my travel bucket list.
Plan How to Make More Memories
The Breathtaking Masaya Volcano at Dusk
That’s another thing that I’ve found myself doing during this time, planning how to have my own perfect trip to Nicaragua. One place I know I’ll have to visit is the Islets of Granada. Included in these little islands is one that is familiarly called Monkey Island, and as one would assume with a name as such, its inhabitants are monkeys. Another bucket list item in Nicaragua for me is the Masaya Volcano because if you have the chance to drive up an active volcano, you have to take it. On the more relaxing side of things, the yoga retreats hosted at Gran Pacifica are on my bucket list to participate in. I’ve even been pretending I’m on one right now by turning up the heat in my house, turning on some ocean sounds, and doing my own yoga practice.
Make use of the Nicaragua Handbook
ECI Development's Nicaragua Handbook
If you don’t necessarily know what it is that would be important for you when visiting Nicaragua, a helpful tool is ECI’s Nicaragua Handbook. Not only does it include places that you should visit, but it also includes basic travel information, historical facts, and more. It’s definitely a must-read before planning any trip to Nicaragua. Read the handbook, think about what you want to experience in Nicaragua, and be prepared to schedule a trip there as soon as you can.
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