How to not go trick-or-treating in Leon, Nicaragua

The streets are lined with chicken buses. It seems that all of Nicaragua has converged in Leon tonight.  Vendors are on every corner selling quesillos, empanadas, maduros and all manner of small toys.  This is the celebration of the conception of Mary, La Purisima.  In Nicaragua 47% of the population proclaims Catholicism and another 37% protestant.  Leon boasts … Continue reading How to not go trick-or-treating in Leon, Nicaragua

The World’s Worst Pickpocket is in San Juan Del Sur

Heat radiated from the makeshift grill standing crookedly beside the sidewalk.  The early afternoon was already hot.  On the grill was a wok of oil-boiled empanadas.  Pieces of chicken and pork lay directly on the grate next to the wok,  sizzling above the smoldering firewood.  Trin pointed to the piece he wanted and asked "cuanto … Continue reading The World’s Worst Pickpocket is in San Juan Del Sur