Playa El Manzano

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    • Day 7

      Journée ludique sur la côte Pacifique

      March 17 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Un petit tour au marché pour le plein de fruits frais, un passage à la poste pour chercher quelque timbres pour le traditionnel envoi de cartes postales mais aucun courrier ne part du Nicaragua cause Covid ! Un peu de route à travers les plantations de canne à sucre pour arriver sur la côte pacifique dans un village de vacances où nous serons les seuls clients, balade en kayak dans la mangrove,. Baignade dans les vagues puis( final par une promenade à cheval ( une première) sur la plage pendant deux heures au rythme du coucher de soleil . Retour pour le dîner. Mais Jean mi tu n'aurais pas oublié tes lunettes de soleil à la paillote a mi parcours ? Francisco, tu peux m'y emmener ? Et ben non elles ne sont pas là....enfin ça n'empêche pas de dîner.....Read more


      Il fallait bien un oubli quelque part et si ce n'est que les lunettes ça va 😅🥰

      ❤ [Bea]


      Sportif ce voyage ! kayak, cheval et tout le reste ,🤗🤗 toujours magnifique !

    • Day 40


      March 10 in Nicaragua

      Jiquilillo ist ein kleines Fischerdorf an der nördlichen Pazifikküste Nicaraguas. Mit einem Umstieg kommt man dort nach ein paar Stunden von León aus mit dem Bus an. Wir steigen direkt vor der Unterkunft aus, doch sie sind nicht über unsere Reservierung informiert.

      Kein Problem, es gibt nur Kommunikationsschwierigkeiten, genügend Betten sind frei. Denn zusammen mit dem anderen Backpacker im Bus sind wir die einzigen Touristen hier. In der Unterkunft, aber vermutlich auch im ganzen Dorf.

      Hier gibt es nicht viel zu tun, so kann man für ein paar Tage die Ruhe genießen und die hektischen Städte hinter sich lassen. Der Strand ist meistens menschenleer. Hin und wieder baden ein paar Einheimische im Meer, abends ziehen die ganzen Fischerboote los. Eine unbefestigten Straße führt durch das Dorf, ein paar sandige Nebenstraßen führen zwischen Häusern hindurch. Überall laufen neben Hunden auch Hühner, Küken und Ziegen von einem Garten in den anderen. Jemand spielt laut Musik ab, während andere ihre Hütten bedachen oder neu streichen. Es riecht nach Lagerfeuer. Hin und wieder verirrt sich eine Kuh auf das Grundstück unseres Hotels und wird prompt von den Hunden herausgetrieben.

      Wir besuchen ein Meeresschildkröten Rescue Center. Ein paar Menschen fangen die Schildkröteneier ein, bevor sie von anderen Menschen gegessen werden. Sie ziehen sie groß und lassen sie dann frei ins Meer.

      Der Fisch den wir zum Abendessen bekommen wurde in der Nacht zuvor gefangen und schmeckt unglaublich gut.
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    • 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!


      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 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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      Wow, là on a la preuve. Bravo!

    • 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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      Poisson, riz et légumes


      Brownies et crème glacée à la vanille

    • Day 4

      Surf's Up

      February 3, 2019 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      We start the day with Boot Camp session number 2. We are 11 this morning so I prepare 6 stations. I also decide to increase the intervals from 50 seconds to 60 seconds. After the workout is done and I have a quick shower and a mini breakfast as yoga starts in 20 minutes.

      Yoga feels like a second workout this morning. My shoulders are screaming for a break. I push through and take a couple of small breaks to get me through the flow work. Near the end we get to more of the stretching movements, I am happy when we reach the last Shavasana.

      Big breakfast is served after yoga. While we eat the crew is preparing a cooler with beer; today the guys will bring us surfing at another beach. We prepare our things and meet everyone at the beach house. There is a pickup truck loaded with the surf board.

      Once everyone is arrived we start our walk toward the other beach, it takes us about 15 minutes to get there. We bring our things to a shaded area and grab a board. Ben and I decide to share a board and take turns. While on is surfing the other tries to take photos of the others surfing.

      It's good surfing for beginners, the waves are not too high and they can take us for a good ride. It's easier for me today to catch the waves and stand quickly. We surf for a couple of hours before we head back to the resort.

      After lunch we have some time to ourselves before our second yoga session. I go take a nap while it's the hottest and stay in the shade.

      The afternoon yoga is a accompanied with music. Cat and Andreas work as a duo to make us feel the music vibrations while performing relaxing yoga poses. It's an interesting experience. I am curious to see what they will do the following days.

      Jamie has setup a TV and plugged it to his computer to stream the Superbowl. Some of the guys here wanted to watch it. The cooks even prepared some finger foods for us like chicken wings, popcorn, fried cheese and other tasty food.

      Before heading to bed, we take a detour to the beach to watch the stars. It's quite the lovely sky without all the pollution caused by light. We also notice many hermit crabs running on the beach. They are quite quick.

      Another great day in Paradise.
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    • Day 2

      First time surfing

      February 1, 2019 in Nicaragua ⋅ 🌙 29 °C

      Sleep was great. They have fans in the rooms to keep us cool and we have the ocean waves providing a nice soothing rhythm. Perfect sleeping conditions for me.

      I wake up at 5:30. It is central time here so it’s really 6:30. I thought others would be up for coffee and the sunrise. Nope, I'm on on my own, I meet Mylena who is part of the morning staff. She brings in the coffee while I try practicing my Spanish and have a small conversation with her. The conversation is short, my vocabulary is still too limited 🤷‍♂️. Mylena offers to help me practice, I need to find more sentences to say for her tomorrow morning.

      After our first breakfast we get our first surfing lesson which is included in our stay. Oscar has a team of instructors ready to help us with our first waves. It's quite the sport, I did not think that I would have been out of breath that much practicing this sport. Battling the crashing waves as you head to sea requires lots of jumping over the break and then trying not to be pulled back to shore. After a couple of attempts to stand on the board we are able to ride the waves. It's a great feeling when you ride the wave.

      After a couple hours of surfing we head back to the Casa Grande for second breakfast. Another great meal is served. Jamie, one of the owners, comes to chat with us. He shares a short version of his story on how he decided to come Nicaragua to build something that will benefit the community. He will share more when the rest of the remaining guests have arrived early next week.

      I then decide to head for a nap as the surfing took quite the toll on my body. Once rested we have a super relaxing yoga session with Nicky who made us go through some great stretch poses. After yoga we eat lunch which is again really tasty and also healthy. I think I may gain 10 pounds this week. Alvaro is the cook and so far all the food he has prepared was amazing.

      We relax for the rest of the afternoon with some reading, swimming and enjoying local rum. Another group of guests arrive around 7:30pm. We know these guys as we met them last year at the retreat in Costa Rica. We will be 18 total, more are arriving at midnight and the remaining will arrive Saturday at different times.

      The day ends with another great meal. I think it will be pretty easy to fall asleep tonight.
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    • 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 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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