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October 2016

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5 Things to do in Nicaragua

Nicaragua was honestly the last place I ever thought I would go on this earth.

I never thought about it, never realized it was a place people went. Next door to Costa Rica, Nicaragua is an incredibly beautiful (and poor) country. The country used to be known as extremely dangerous and not a good place for tourists. I’m happy to say that is not the case anymore! Nicaragua has thrown tons of money into their economy for tourism, and there are no more scary guerillas. πŸ™‚ Here are my top 5 things to do in Nicaragua!Β Β img_1334

Stay at the Tribal Hotel in Granada

This was honestly my favorite thing in the top 5 things to do in Nicaragua. The Tribal Hotel is located in a fun area of Granada, Nicaragua’s colonial city! The design is gorgeous and the drinks + food were amazing. I could have stayed there by the pool for the entire 5 days we were in the country. In the morning we were given a beautiful, free breakfast that felt like it should’ve cost $100. The pool is luxurious and the rooms are even more so. I am drooling to go back. Also, did I mention it is incredibly affordable? AND you can rent the whole place out with your friends because it is only 7 rooms! Cue the heart eyes.

2016-05-12-14-07-51img_13302016-05-13-10-01-34Check out the party in San Juan Del Sur

We only got a glimpse of San Juan Del Sur on our last day, but it was worth it! We jumped on a boat and were dropped off right there on the beach of San Juan Del Sur in the middle of the party. With Jesus overlooking the entire city, it is interesting how much of a party town it is. We got drinks at a restaurant on the beach and then wandered around town to see what it had to offer. Everybody there is drinking in the streets and heading to the closest bar. We missed Sunday Funday, but I’ve heard it’s pretty crazy!

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Go here and you are guaranteed theΒ best views of Granada city! It is one of the oldest religious structures in Central America, completed in 1539. We wandered in, paid a tiny fee and then headed up the incredibly claustrophobic stairs to come out on top of the bell tower and to see ALL of Granada in it’s splendor and charm. You will get the best photos, for sure. And on your way there are plenty of opportunities for photo-ops in front of beautifully painted walls.

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Go to the spa at Aqua Wellness Resort & Spa

We stayed here three nights and boy was I happy about that. Aqua Wellness Resort & Spa is incredibly beautiful and located half in the jungle and half on the beach. So you literally get the best of both worlds. The restaurant is right on the water and there is a yoga deck right above the crashing waves to give you that perfect zen feeling. But, the best part was probably the spa. I had an organic cacao body treatment and one of my friends got a massage. The prices were incredibly affordable, and the women who worked there were so kind! They braided my hair and I felt like I was glowing when I walked out. I want to do it again and again and again.

img_1377 img_1460 img_1446SWIM & SURF at the beach!

And the real reason we came to Nicaragua was the ocean. This may be obvious. The water was so incredibly dark blue, but still clear. I could go on about it for days. The temperature was cool, but not too cold. The waves were strong, but the beach was just pure sand so I didn’t feel any fear of being knocked around a bit. The boys in our group went for a surfing lesson in the morning and had a good time (despite being knocked around), so I would say it’s a win-win. The beauty. Heart. Eyes.

img_1377img_1509So, all I’m saying is that you should probably visit this beautiful place at least once in your life. I’m already day-dreaming of going back ten more times. Maybe once a year if I can swing it. πŸ˜‰ Why not? The price is right from flight to hotel to food + drink! You can’t lose!

Lifestyle

Happy Friday

img_1648It’s Friday, and it has been an incredibly crazy week. Between friends coming to stay, a big event at work being pulled off, and trying to paint pumpkins in the mean time… it’s been a lot. And the fun isn’t over yet! This weekend there is a book fair at the Houston Printing Museum that I’m going to be stopping by. After that I’ll be working at SheHacksHTX, which is a hackathon for women. One of my friends will be speaking on Saturday, and I’m excited to check it out and see if maybe I’ll apply for next year…

Other things I’ve been into this week:Β 

Warby Parker has a new line of glasses. #fire

These boots are on my wish list for fall.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? may be my favorite book of 2016.

November’s Netflix releases are making me excited. Gilmore Girls, The Crown, and Boyhood!

Still living through our photos from Belize. 😍 

Have a good weekend, friends!

xoxo

Travel

A pirate’s life is the life for me. #belize

This trip was sparked by an instagram that I posted after my trip to Nicaragua, whining about the rain in Houston and how I was ready to plan my next vacation. My friend Sara commented and said “take me with you” and from then on we knew we would be going on an adventure! We landed on Belize because it’s a short flight from Houston (2 hours) and is relatively cheap ($280 roundtrip flight).

Belize | Moddie Blog135From there a vague plan developed. We would have to take another plane (you can take a boat, but it’s longer) to get to San Pedro. From there we would be picked up in a golf cart and driven to a little dock where a boat to our resort awaited. It was quite the travel day, but went off without a hitch and was surprisingly easy!

Our first surprise was that Sara was asked to be copilot on our puddle jumper (baby plane). Because we are adventurers she said yes! And I got to sit right behind her to document it. The flight was short, but beautiful and definitely worth it. Our next surprise was that a complimentary cocktail that awaited us when we got to Matachica. They called ahead with our order and had it waiting for us on the dock! So we had drinks in hand before we even got to the lobby!

Belize | Moddie Blog9Our second surprise was that we got upgraded for free to a beachfront casita, which they warned us was close to the bar (but also the closest to the beach!). This turned out to be wonderful because the bar never got too noisy and we were only steps away from from food and drinks the whole time! Ah, the lush life. Our casita came with a hammock out front and a foot washing basin built into the porch. I don’t know why this was so extravagant to me, but it was! The room was kind of breathtaking. The bed was perfectly princess-y and the view of the beach was just jaw dropping. I can’t even explain through words, pictures will have to do.

8 104Belize | Moddie BlogWe mostly lounged around and read, but we did dare to snorkel and kayak by the reef! It was short-lived, but we did do it and happily kayaked back to shore. One morning we took the boat into San Pedro and wandered the three streets of town. We met some locals, took some photos, bought some trinkets, and then ended up at Elvi’s restaurant. It was so delicious I don’t even want to talk about it because my mouth is watering. We ended up with rum punch, street corn, guac & chips, and pulled pork tacos. I will fly there now to have the tacos again. Above & beyond the tacos was the service. Everyone in Belize is so friendly and chatty! I’ve never met so many people while traveling.

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The only time it rained was while we were leaving and it was just a sad sort of drizzle. Very poetic. We miss you, Belize. Take us back.