It was the first trip I had ever taken together with my sister Darlene and my grandmother. Three women, in various stages of our lives, the youngest just out of high school, the oldest almost 80, and then me. All of us with differing travel experiences—Dars just starting out with international travel, me with 22 countries under my belt, and Gram with so many travel stories she’s not sure she wants to leave the U.S. anymore. (This is the same Gram who came to visit me in Armenia while I was there for Peace Corps.)
A family trip to Nicaragua is just the thing to get to know each other just a little bit better. While no heretofore unknown secrets were revealed, the trip did highlight a few of the differences and similarities between my family members and me.
The most striking realization I had was that weird faces run in my family—that is, I’m not the only one who likes to make faces for photos. Who knew?
While in Nicaragua, Grandma did more pool-swimming, I did more planning, and Darlene did more hanging out with friends. But we did participate in most of the same activities and all had fun (although we suffered to varying degrees in the heat). See the following pictures to see more of the things we experienced together.
Mangrove forest tour with Tierra Tours.
Corinto beach, where we ate dessert and tried to stay cool.
Horseback riding in the tiny village of Aseradores, where Darlene, my sister-in-law, nieces, and nephew stayed for a week last fall. (Gram skipped the horses, and instead went swimming at a nearby pool.)
Day trip to the city of Leon, then dinner with Darlene’s friend Luciana and her family. It was fun to get a real Nicaraguan meal in a house and to meet all of them. They are funny people with a great sense of humor.
Custom tour through Tierra Tours with our personal tour guide, Franklin. We went to the steamy Masay Volcano, the windy Laguna de Apoyo, and then to bustling Granada where we rode in a horse drawn carriage around the city.
THE END. Sort of. I went home on Saturday after the full-day tour. Darlene and Gram stayed for another week and a half.
When I got home, I broke out my most recent photo album and compared my photos to those of my sister and grandma.
What do you think? Is there any question that we’re related?
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