The motorised, blue fishing launch cuts easily through the light chop of the water in the Padre Ramos estuary. The broad, ragged rim of Volcan Cosiguina lies before us, spent and burnt out after its violent eruption 180 years ago. Behind us the perfect cone shape of San Cristobal, the tallest volcano in Nicaragua and still active, exudes a constant stream of grey smoke and gases. Bordering the estuary Continue reading

Back to School


Eight o’clock in the morning and the sun is already high in the sky and the heat is intense. Walking hurriedly along the few blocks to our destination with the weight of our backpacks on, results in rivulets sweat and squinting eyes. It’s our first day at Spanish school in Granda (Nicaragua) and we are late. Continue reading

High Line was a Highlight


One of the highlights of our stay in New York was the High Line Walkway.  This innovative 1.45 mile-long public park has been created by converting a section of the disused New York Central Railroad spur.  This elevated rail line was built in the early 1930s to eliminate street-level train crossings to improve both efficiency and public safety.  Continue reading