What does one think about when one hears about Nicaragua?
I think of their devastating earthquakes, Somoza the dictator, Marine Oliver North, President Ronald Reagan and the Iran-Contra scandal.
Nicaragua has 121 volcanoes and six are currently active. It's hard to distinguish between mountain and volcano. In many ways this is similar to northwestern part of the US. Big cities built at the base of dormant volcanoes. Clearly Mount St. Helens in Oregon is not dormant.
Nicaragua is a major supplier of food to the US and world markets. Tilapia fish, bananas, coffee, mangos, rice, sugar and more.
We only visited the fishing town of San Juan del Sur. There was a great deal of activity as the town prepared for the visitors from the interior of the nation to come to the coast as summer closes and its Easter vacation time starting that weekend.
I talked with the local fisherman and found a small fish store that had a considerate amount of shrimp and lobsters. In this area they get them by using bell divers. I am most familiar with the use lobster traps but it is a much slower process. I am not sure if the lobsters are small in this region or they are being over fished. Maine (Atlantic) and Australian lobsters are caught all year round but Pacific spiny lobster has a small season in the US and Mexico. My personal favorite is the California lobster. The taste is strong and delicious!
We were surprised how dry it was at this time of year. Trees and ground cover is very dry. Perhaps it will be green when the rains begin.
In the town there was a considerable amount of young people from the US and Europe. Apparently they come here to study to speak Spanish and apparently the surfing here must be very good. Several surf shops in the town. We actually say an old small motor home with California plates here. Again, the young college kids must really like it here. Either way, its a long way from the states.
If the cruise ships keep visiting this quaint and remote fishing town, it will grow and it will be a great opportunity for those who live here.
Now we begin our multiple day at sea as we travel for several days until we arrive to Cabo for a few hours. We will be doing some snorkeling in a cove and then sail on for an additional day before disembarking in Los Angeles.
Even though we are in the ocean somewhere west of Mazatlan, it's getting cooler.
Cabo should be nice weather but we will be in sweaters after that.
When we disembark we will have traveled for 57 days. We thought it was many days. We just met a couple who is also going home in California and they are completing their world travels. They have been traveling by land and sea for 18 months! Apparently they leased out their home of those months and went on this amazing journey. It's not at all surprising to find persons who travel extensively. Several passengers are already planning and reserving their trips for the next two years. Trini and I are discussing our trip to visit China and Asia in September of 2014.
There are cruise ships that travel around the world for approximately 100 days. We met a couple who have done it twice and planning to do it again next year. They acknowledged three couples for having cruised at least 1,000 days specifically with this cruise line.
Traveling; What a unique activity.
To travel we must leave the comforts of our homes, family and friends to go to unknown and distant regions. We face the possibility of illnesses, harsh weather conditions, eating unique foods, different altitudes, and going to remote sites. It's easy to get injured as one walks around archeological and underdeveloped sites. Walking around a rocking ship can also presents challenges. One visits areas that steps are slippery since it can be raining. It's not easy to be traveling but what one experiences is invaluable and I hope to do it until the last days of my life.
Traveling touches and stimulates every one of our senses. Each site and daily visiting experiences permanently changes and alters our personal understanding of human life. We come to realize what we were missing from our understanding and we realize the issues of how our past perspectives were misaligned with reality.
This trip is coming to a close but not the journey through life and new sites.
The destination is vital but its the journey that is the primary benefit.