The climate doesn't change much here. It's hot. All the time. But as we come into mid-October, the rain lessens and we begin to enter Nicaragua's dry season. That doesn't mean the rain stops, but there are fewer daily showers and more blistering heat, especially in the capital and other cities such as Leon or Granada, which is pictured below. It's so very different than a Vermont fall — I miss the colored leaves!
The heat doesn't stop us from going out and experiencing the beautiful landscapes, though.
My mom told me when I got assigned to study abroad in Nicaragua that she wasn't going to let me go. Her judgment stemmed from news about the Sandinista rebellion and the war that tore the country apart. However Nicaragua has been nothing but a pleasure, and although the people don't recycle
(I can't get over it, even after two months!), they are really trying to make their country a better place. Beach clean-ups, solar power companies and more are starting to pop up as the green wave reaches Latin America, and I've found hostels run on completely renewable energy.
Trying to be Earth-friendly here can be a tough time, but if you find yourself here, things like sharing taxis, walking when you can, and bringing a reusable water bottle can help even just a little bit. And don't forget a camera.
Photos: Alyssa Kropp