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    • Day 1

      Enfin arrivés à destination

      January 31, 2019 in Nicaragua ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

      Après une longue journée de transport, on arrive finalement au resort Coco Loco à la noirceur vers 20h30. Le dernier bout de route de terre était assez rough : on devait rouler à 5 ou 10 km/h. Je suis affamé. Heureusement un excellent repas nous attend.

      Notre cabana est spacieuse et bien aménagée. Il y a 3 lits donc si on se chicane on va être OK ;-) Les toilettes sont bio, j’ajouterai quelque chose là dessus plus tard 💩

      J’ai hâte de voir le resort à la lumière du jour.
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      Traveler  Poisson, riz et légumes


      Traveler  Brownies et crème glacée à la vanille

    • Day 7

      Waves of Hope

      February 6, 2019 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      I thought I would have a huge head ache this morning. Thankfully is not too bad :) We drank a lot last night celebrating the birthday boys. Ben had lots of fun :)

      This morning we go surfing at 6:30 for optimal conditions. I catch some nice waves, I think I am ready for the next level of surfing higher on the wave. I tried a couple of attempts but have not been able to stand too long. I think I need a few tips and tricks to get on at this height.

      For Yoga we have a different session today. Kathy has asked that we do a typical Ashtanga class. This style of yoga is set of sequences that must be followed and of specific durations based on your breathing. Basia explains the different movements and makes us go through the sequence of movements. We skip many of the movements as it could take us a very long time to complete all the sequences. We also lack the flexibility to perform many of the poses. All in all we still get quite the workout as the movements are to be done without stopping.

      We eat breakfast and then get ready to go see the help and work that was brought to the community from Waves of Hope. Initially Jamie and his friends raised money from family and friends in Canada and today tries to get help from a variety of sources. We start by visiting an elementary school that was recent built and this is their first week of school. The school is well built and has all the basics needed for the kids. A communal water supply was also built and all the houses nearby can come get access to clean water. We also visit a high school where about 200 kids attend. There are about 60 kids that graduate each year. Waves of Hope sponsors 20 kids per year to go to university. It costs around $40 a month per kid to go to university here.

      Once back at the resort we have another great window to go surfing again. Many of us head out, the waves are even better than this morning. We have tons of fun.

      After that great workout we watch the sunset over the ocean. We finish the day with a restorative yoga session. We do very relaxing and supporting poses. It feels great. I almost fall asleep twice. Supper is served around 8 and we chill the rest of the evening.

      Sleep will come easy tonight.
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      demonville  Wow, là on a la preuve. Bravo!

    • Day 4

      Les toilettes compostables

      February 3, 2019 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      Ici toutes les toilettes sont des toilettes compostables. Elles ont le bénéfice de conserver l’eau tout en produisant de l’engrais et du compost.

      Comment ça marche ?
      •Les fluides coulent dans un système d’eaux grises qui irrigue les arbres de coconut
      •Les solides (qu’on couvre de copeaux de bois) vont dans un pot et sont convertis en engrais riche en nutriments
      •Le papier de toilette va dans la poubelle

      Pour les avoir utilisé je peux confirmer qu’effectivement il n’y a pas plus d’odeur que dans nos toilettes auxquelles on est habitué et ça fait la job 💩
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      Jimmy Prince  Pas sûr!


      Traveler  Trying them is adopting them 😉

    • Day 5

      #AwesomeFoods Day 5

      February 4, 2019 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Crêpes avec pommes et ananas confits
      Œufs brouillés

      Buddha Bowl avec poulet (riz, bines, légumes et sauce aux amandes)

      Apéro : nachos avec pico de gallo
      Filet de poisson avec sauce à l’ail, légumes et purée de patates douces et/ou carottes
      Dessert : Macaron de coconut et crème glacée à la vanille
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      Jacques Proulx  Feliz cumpleaños, mi niño grande lo está pasando bien y sé feliz.

    • Day 9

      Last day in Paradise

      February 8, 2019 in Nicaragua ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

      Today is our last full day at Coco Loco. We want to take the opportunity to surf. The waves sound and look pretty big this morning so we grab a board and head into the water. The water is pretty warm for 6:30am. We have fun in the waves until we need to get ready for yoga.

      After Yoga and Big Breakfast we chill by the pool and have some drinks. Piña Coladas 🍹are the popular drink this past week.

      After lunch we head to the beach for more surfing. I really enjoyed being on the board. The feeling when you catch the wave and get some speed is really amazing. I will have to do this again.

      We have one last session of Sonic yoga and then have dinner. Tonight the crew has planned a party and a bon fire by the beach.

      We head to the beach around 10pm, the crew brings speakers and coolers with drinks. We have lots of fun dancing under the stars. A great night of fun. We finish the day by going skinny dipping at the pool to cool down before bed. With all the lights off the sky is pretty amazing to watch.
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    • Day 8

      #AwesomeFoods Day 8

      February 7, 2019 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Coupes de plantains farcis; œufs brouillés

      Sandwich au poisson pané aux amandes; frites

      Apéro : Crudités avec humus
      Poulet parmigiana
      Dessert : Biscuit épicé au chili et crème glacée à la vanilleRead more

    • Day 8

      Taking in the sun

      February 7, 2019 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      This morning my body feels tired. I guess the stuff we did yesterday was more demanding than I thought. Many of us feel this way and decide to take a real rest day.

      After ou stay here at Coco Loco some of us are staying an extra 4 days before heading back to Canada. We decide to look at our options for accommodations and activities that we would like to do. I do some searching on AirBnB and suggest a couple of places to stay. I book a couple places and get help for Jamie from setting up two activities.

      We spend most of the day relaxing by the pool and by the beach. The sunset tonight is amazing. We take interesting photos with the sunset behind us.
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    • Day 7

      #AwesomeFoods Day 7

      February 6, 2019 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Omelettes avec “gallo pinto”

      Burger végétarien; salade de concombre et melon; chips de yuca

      Apéro : Rouleaux de printemps avec sauce au beurre de peanuts
      Tikka Masala avec poulet; riz, pain naan et salade de papaye
      Dessert : Brownies cru (avec dates, chia, …)
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    • Day 6

      #AwesomeFoods Day 6

      February 5, 2019 in Nicaragua ⋅ 🌙 28 °C

      Gallo pinto (riz avec bines)
      Œufs brouillés
      Pico de gallo (salsa de légumes)
      Bananes plantain sucrées

      Pad Thaï végétarien

      Tacos / Fajitas
      Dessert : Gâteau tropical pour la ma fête et celle de Marc 🥳
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    • Day 6

      Mmmm Chocolate

      February 5, 2019 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      I'm thankfully feeling better this morning. My belly is still sensitive but there is great improvement. There are not too many activities planned today so I will again chill and relax.

      Yoga feels great and helps me get very deep stretches.

      After breakfast we have a chocolate making workshop. Mylena is our guide and brings out many various ingredients for us to add to our chocolate. We first start by peeling the skin of roasted cocoa beans. Once that is done, we use a hand grinder to smash the cocoa and make it into a powder. We each get a bowl and start our own chocolate mix. We first add a bit of oil and then you do what you want. I add some agave and condensed milk for sweetness, natural peanut butter and a pinch of salt. We mix our ingredient and shape our chocolates. I make Hershey kisses shaped ones and add a couple nuts inside each. Ben shapes his as cubes. We then place our masterpieces in the fridge to set.

      After this session we have another workshop with Jane on the subject of Brainspotting. It is a new therapy pratice where an individual is asked to look at a pointer at different locations and keep your gaze on that point for a while and let yourself just be. It is interesting.

      It's Ben and Marc's birthday today. We asked the crew to do something special. They made a lovely cake for the guys. After desert they have Ben and Marc blindfolded to try and hit a Piñata. It is quite entertaining to watch them.

      We end the evening with some dancing, karaoke and chilling in the pool.
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