Today marks our 4-week anniversary with Nicaragua. Crazy.
Today also marks the day that the mysterious animals that have been squeaking in the ceiling above my room, and pooping in the corner that houses my bed, were identified. Bats. Batshit crazy.
I initially interpreted the squeaks as those of mice. I even Googled “rodent droppings infographic” in a vain attempt to identify the caca (Spanish word of the day!). Oh, how naive I was. A carpenter came today to remove our ceiling tiles and, subsequently, the unwanted roommates. They are now dead. In plastic bags in our driveway.
In less revolting news, we took our first trip outside of Estelí this past weekend! Leanna, Renée, and I visited Selva Negra, a German-owned ecolodge, organic farm, and coffee estate in the highlands of Nicaragua. Selva Negra offers good food, good beer, and great hiking at some of the highest elevations in the country.
Saturday we began our hike on the Mosquita trail, trekking through the lush greenery of the cloud forest. A “cloud forest” is considered a type of rainforest, usually encountered in the saddles of mountains, named for the consistent low-level cloud coverage at the canopy level. The summit provided views of nearby Matagalpa and a perfect location to eat some GORP (good ol’ raisins and peanuts,
featuring starring M&Ms).
We descended down Peter & Helen trail, a series of switchbacks made slippery by recent rains. (Yes, I fell.) The distant low, guttural "growls" of howler monkeys added to the ambience. Covered in a coat of sweat, sunscreen, bug spray, and mud, we happily retreated to our room where we took our first hot showers in about a month.
On Sunday, I ate a burger with gouda, bacon, and coffee-infused barbecue sauce. Nothing else from Sunday matters.
Check out some photos below!