Laguna de Apoyo

On my last Sunday here in Nicaragua, I finally was able to visit Laguna de Apoyo. It’s about a forty minute drive (by  personal vehicle) from Managua and very worth going to.

A crater from surrounding volcanoes, the laguna is now the best place for swimming, relaxing, and eat beach food (barring the actual coast, I’m sure).

Through a series of events I still don’t totally understand (because decisions were made very quickly in Spanish), I went with a fellow student at Viva, Mateo, my host brother Eduardo, and his close friend Edwin (I think).  The water was perfect, and the area was much cooler than sweltering Managua.

Nicaragua 008 This photo does not do it justice. According to a friend, swimming in the laguna makes you feel like you’re at the bottom of the world with mountains rising above you. And he’s right. It really is perfect.

Nicaragua 005 This was before swimming.

We returned home in the rain, tired and hungry. Rain that night was fierce across Managua, and flooded many of the downtown streets. It made national news.

It was a great place to finish my time in Nicaragua.

And today I depart, very sad to have not learned more Spanish. I’ve realized that it takes close to a month to begin to truly settle in a place. I only now feel like I’m really understanding the culture and the language, as well as actually getting to know my host family. I’m envious of people that stay for three or four months. But, truth be told, I really do miss home and family. So I am ready.

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