Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

AK Monthly Recap: February 2015

Nicaragua, I have fallen madly in love with you! Before I came to Central America, I knew I was looking forward to Nicaragua the most, so I made sure to allot myself a good amount of time (four weeks). That was a smart decision. I could easily stay here another month or longer — there is [...]

The Best Things to Do in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

I’ve only been walking around the Nicaraguan beach town of San Juan del Sur for 20 minutes, but already three guys have stopped to talk to Alex. Three HOT guys. Hot Canadian surfers with incredible upper arms and ponytailed hair and the perfect smattering of chest hair. I have one question for my friend: “HOW?!” I [...]

The Most Colorful City of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

There’s so much I have to write about San Juan del Sur. I planned on coming for three days; I ended up staying for eight. I haven’t felt such a strong pull to a place in a long time. At times it almost felt like a time warp — traveling back to a time when I [...]

How to Travel Solo to a Party Destination

Imagine walking into a bar and knowing nobody inside. Everyone is laughing and drinking and seems to have been best friends for ages. Do you find that as terrifying as I do? God, it’s the stuff of nightmares! I’ve talked a lot about how to make friends while traveling solo. But party destinations are a special case [...]

In Search of Perfect Beach Towns: Sámara, Costa Rica

For the past few years, I’ve always been on the lookout for the perfect beach town. Perfect for me, that is. You may disagree. What I like most in a beach town is a big, beautiful, airy beach with lots of space, west-facing sunset views, and the perfect level of development. More on the development in a [...]

Into the Cloud Forest of Monteverde

My time in Costa Rica didn’t get off to the smoothest start. After a stunning drive through the Guanacaste landscape, I arrived in La Fortuna to thundering rain. It proceeded to rain about 22 hours out of the day for the next three days. (In the dry season!) It wasn’t a complete washout. I enjoyed [...]

AK Monthly Recap: January 2015

Greetings from lovely Nicaragua! I am loving the heat and sunshine, loving that I’m avoiding the snow back home, loving the Patriots’ Super Bowl win, and loving all the adventuring I’ve been doing! Here’s what I’ve been up to in the first month of 2015. Destinations Visited Reading, Lynn, Boston, and Cambridge, Massachusetts New York, New [...]

Sri Lanka From Above: Climbing Sigirya

France has the Eiffel Tower. Egypt has the pyramids. China has the Great Wall. Three different countries, but they have something in common: there is a monument that epitomizes or even defines the country to outsiders. And even though the Eiffel Tower doesn’t represent all of France, it’s one of the first things that come to mind when [...]

Colombo: Learning to Love an Unlovable City

Sri Lanka might be full of fascinating places to visit, but Colombo isn’t often listed as one of them. It’s not a city like Phnom Penh and Delhi that gets a lot of flack but redeems itself with its cultural and historical sites. Colombo is the kind of city that people urge you to skip, saying that there’s nothing there. [...]

On Christmas in New York

The bar might have been bathed in neon turquoise light, but I still noticed Monica’s nails. Long, lovingly cared for, perfectly squared off, and resplendent in layer upon layer of cherry-red lacquer, topped with a few coats of red glitter. Christmas nails. So festive, yet not garish or obvious. Her nails weren’t made to look like mini [...]