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    • Day 6

      Sailing with SALT

      November 6, 2023 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

      Up early and taught a morning meditation at the large Shala, after Andréia taught a core connection class and we had breakfast. The food here is just amazing and we have more than enough to feed everyone for lunch. Today Alisha and Lucie went horseback riding — I walked them to the beach and we meet up with the horses. I hoped on for a photo opt but then headed back to the villas to get a massage. We treated Sam (our photographer) to one as well.
      A group of 8 of us headed to town to go sailing. We all fit in the rented truck.
      The catamaran was amazing, owned by Dan Beardsley, a guy from NS who happened to have come back from Burning man and was on the boat. The ceviche and guacamole was awesome…. Lots of free liquor as well. We anchored in a bay and played in the water and on the paddle board for a long time. Then jumped off the boat (with my blue Ray Bans — sorry Pasq) and now have only a $5 pair of sunglasses. James caught a fish and they gave it to us to bring back… Justa cooked it up with the shrimp for super.
      On the way home I was in the back of the truck and Andrèia took a few wrong turns (easy to do in the dark on dirt roads) and we finally made it back for 7pm in time to eat super.
      The consensus was no yoga this evening so many of them went to the pool, but I was in bed by 8:30 as it had been a long day!
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    • Day 362

      Surf & Chill in Playa Maderas

      February 2, 2020 in Nicaragua ⋅ 🌬 28 °C

      Es ist noch nicht mal 9 und ich hab schon den zweiten Kaffee intus.

      6 Uhr in der Früh mache ich mich auf zu einem morgendlichen Lauf am Strand. Das Rumsitzen kann ich immer noch nicht so gut. Ich könnte Surfen, ja. Aber so sehr wie ich dachte, reizt es mich irgendwie nicht. Nur mal Ausprobieren ist nicht mein Stil und um wirklich dran zu bleiben ist mir die Sonne (hier) zu intensiv. Überhaupt ist Strandurlaub wirklich nicht (mehr) meins: zu heiß und in die Sonne will ich auch nicht. Ich träume einfach von den Bergen - haha. Der Lauf ist mit seinen etwa 5 km nicht grad anspruchsvoll, aber wunderschön. Drei unterschiedliche Strände Besuche ich. Unser Hostel befindet sich oben auf einem Hang. Der anstrengende Teil ist daher nicht der Sandlauf - obwohl ich tatsächlich Muskelkater in den Fußsohlen habe - sondern der Lauf den Hang hinauf. Das brauchte es aber auch, ansonsten hätte es lediglich die Hitze ein bißchen anspruchsvoll gemacht.

      Die anderen aus unserem Rudel sind gerade am Strand, Schwimmen und Surfen, während ich mir hier den Wind um die Ohren brausen lasse. Es ist immer noch mächtig heiß, aber der Wind, der hier über das Gelände des Hostels fegt macht es ganz angenehm.

      Das Hostel, in dem wir nun die zweite Nacht verbracht haben ist sehr gechillt. Fast nur Deutsche sind hier im Moment, mit Ausnahme unserer Kanadier natürlich, 2 Schweden und einem Franzosen. Die Inhaber selbst kommen ursprünglich aus Freiburg. Sie haben hier ein wirklich tolles Hostel auf die Beine gestellt, mit Yoga-Plattform, unterschiedlichen Zimmern - wir schlafen in einem VW-Bus - kleiner Küche und Aufenthaltsbereich.

      Ein paar Tage können wir hier die Ruhe in den Hängematten genießen. In 2 Tagen reist der Großteil der Gruppe ab.
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    • Day 2

      Liberia to San Juan del Sur

      November 2, 2023 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

      Left the house at 4:20am and dropped of my gear to Andréia’s and then dropped of car at Dads. We headed to the airport and flight, plus transfer through Montreal was smooth, however, we sat on the tarmac for 45min waiting for a missing food trolley. Crazy long line at customs but Luis was waiting for us on the other side. We meant up with Sam and Sarah and headed to the border… a 1.5hr drive. We stopped to go into immigration and show passport (Sarah had to pay a exit tax but since we were in transit we did not need too). Luis drove us another 300m and we got out and walked. We checked in with guards along the walk to show passport and then headed to immigration to pay. Andréia was taking photos (to help guide the others through the process), and we had a photographer in our group…. This caused alarm at the border and it took us a long time to get through. Our Nicaragua driver, Eviresto, was really helpful.
      We had a beautiful drive to San Juan del Sur but missed our rental car pick up due to delays. We decided to stop and eat as there was no food at the Villas. We went to El Timon, then headed to the Villas. Once there I stripped down and jumped in the pool. Sam and Sarah joined, and eventually Andréia. I was extremely tired and had a headache, so lights out early for me.
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    • Day 3

      Tropical rain

      November 3, 2023 in Nicaragua ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

      We were up early, at Villa Carcola, and luckily before we went to bed, we checked the coffee situation and requested some. Same made a big pot and used some of our snacks for breakfast. Andréia and I headed to Playa Maderas to meet Faustino who took us to Budget, where we picked up our 4x4, standard, truck. We then went to markets and stores trying to find the food we needed. Typically fruit and vegetables are not expensive, but due to lack of rain they are not plentifully and more expensive. We couldn’t find postcards anywhere (to write a message to our Participant). Back to the Villa and then meet with Ricardo to go over some things and Justa (chef) to discuss other stuff. We were quoted $10 but it increased. Andréia is a skilled negotiator and was able to keep it the same.
      As we were heading to the beach Sarah and Sam were returning.
      Andréia and I enjoyed some splashing in the waves and then it started to rain. We just laid in the rain and silence, and took in natures joy. Back at the Villa we had fun splashing in the rain and we’re greeted with a spectacular lightening show.
      We had a charcuterie board, and some of Sarah’s wine stash (which I bought for her). Andréia and I continued to work on retreat stuff and messages to participants, while Sam and Sarah enjoyed pool time.
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    • Day 8

      Going with the Flow

      November 8, 2023 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Last night we realized that the volcano was to far away, and not enough people wanted to go. Alisha was disappointed but we decided to switch the turtles to today. The majority of the day was free time, and people spent it in the pool, at the beach and getting massages. Andréia started the day by teaching Hatha and we closed out the day with a Yin and Reiki session, early super and then the turtles. I was beat and so Sarah, Sam and I hung back. We ended up taking some spectacular night photos at the pool with Sam’s Professional camera. Early to bed!Read more

    • Day 9


      November 9, 2023 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      Taught a morning flow and workshopped some things like warrior 2 (Kelly), baby grasshopper (Jennifer) and 8 angle.
      After breakfast I had another massage by Mary and relaxed in the pool. Then headed down to Playa Maderas to say goodbye to Faustino and watch Sam and Lynn surf. Also spent time with Kelly and taking photos of her warrior.
      We juggled class times, super and bonfire to accommodate everyone getting there massage and body scrubs. A couple times during the day Andre and I practiced acro.
      Andréia and I lead another yin and reiki class, where everyone choose an angel card at the beginning of class and at the end they flipped it over. We chose one for the group and it was Energy (mine was ascension). We chatted about it at supper and eventually went down to the beach. A bonfire had been made but not lit, but we got it going and relaxed by the fire — some of the participants went for a final au natural dip in the ocean under the stars.
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    • Day 116

      Rapture Surf Camp // Sunset Booze Cruise

      April 22, 2017 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

      The surfcamp had a boat available for boat trips to a few surf spots further up the coast for a while now. But as this trip was only for more experienced surfers we figured we should offer another option to use the boat. So I used one of these days where I had to stay at the camp by myself to wait for new guests to make a poster for a "Sunset Booze Cruise". When the guests got back to the camp that day everybody wanted to join so we actually had to split up into two groups. I joined the first group with a few of the guys who had been at the camp for quite a while.
      The tour included free sangria (after my recipe which I had invented a few days before for a Sangria Night at the camp), beer and ceviche. So I prepared a cooler with all the stuff and Wade gave us a ride down to Playa Marsellas where the boat picked us up. The waves were wild that day so it wasn't the easiest task for the captain to come onto the beach with his boat but he managed and he took us out to the ocean safely. But now actually drinking the sangria wasn't the easiest task for us as we were jumping over the waves like crazy.
      We went up north along the coast and made a stop at a nice and secluded beach where we were almost all by ourselves except for one other fancy yacht (next to our small fishing boat).
      On the way back we convinced the captain to let us jump in the open ocean. The water was super clear out there!
      Unfortunately we (or our captain) didn't catch any fish while we were on the boat but the other group did the next day and they happily shared it with everybody (prepared by our kitchen).
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    • Day 283

      Playa Maderas and Playa Marsella

      June 8, 2015 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      We drove into 2 smaller beaches north of San Juan del Sur. The drive on a motorbike through mud roads in a thunderstorm was quite tricky, but we were rewarded with beautiful and secluded beaches! Walking along the quiet beach and found octopus and eel in the shallow pot holes.Read more

    • Day 119

      Rapture Surf Camp // Horseback Ride

      April 25, 2017 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

      As a present from everyone who stayed at the surfcamp for my birthday I got to go on a horseback ride on the beach for sunset. I picked a day when a few people from the camp were going as well.
      I told our guide I had some experience with horses and would like to have a horse "un poco mas rapido". His question was "un poco mas loco" tambien?
      When we got to the beach I understood what he was talking about. My horse really wanted to run! But this was what I was looking for. At some point Heikes horse started racing mine and from this moment on we had a lot of fun together racing down the beach while the others stayed behind. Even though I had been to the camp for a few weeks now I never went further down the beaches coming after Playa Maderas. So it was a nice way to explore them by horse now. We took a little break on the last bay watching the sun go down before heading back with a few more races for Heike and me.
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