Spending A Few Days in San Jose, Costa Rica

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An Easy Arrival Being budget travellers, our typical means of transportation is often questionable at best. And while we’ve definitely upped our standards over the years, we certainly don’t travel in luxury. The journey from Granada back in Nicaragua, to San Jose, Costa Rica is in the ballpark of 8-10 hours; and considering our last day of transit involving border crossings, we decided that this time we’d spoil ourselves. Already drenched with sweat following the half-hour walk under Granada’s hot …

How to Eat Great on a Budget in Granada

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Granada. A stunningly well-maintained colonial city, right on the lake, in the centre of Nicaragua. With it’s colourful buildings, manicured streets, fabulous central park, and the simple fact that it’s connected to nearly everything in the country – if you’re visiting the country, you’ll likely be spending some time in Granada. During our first visit to Nicaragua back in 2015, we were only in Granada for one full day before moving on, so on our most recent visit, we decided …

What to Do in San Pedro, Lake Atitlan

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While we only spent a week in San Pedro, we fell in love immediately. The time flew by, but it’s definitely high on our list of places to revisit! From Panajachel, ferries run frequently throughout the day and cost Q25 to reach San Pedro. Do yourself a favour and leave earlier in the day, the water becomes quite choppy around mid-day and makes for a rather uncomfortable ride. What to Do One of the biggest draws to town are the …

San Cristobal: The Good, The Bad, the Micheladas

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Funny enough, while it may have been unusually warm back home in Edmonton, it was actually warmer there than it was where we were for most of the time spent here. While the unexpected cold weather was a slight shock to our system, it was another encounter on our first day that really set the mood for the coming days…

Recipe: Tostones (Fried Plantains)

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Here’s a quick tip: If you’re ever a hungover culinary student roaming the school walk-in cooler for a quick recovery snack: Make sure that banana you grab isn’t a plantain, or you’re going to have a really bad time. Fry them up and make Tostones on the other hand, and you’re good to go. Plantains are a very close relative to the common banana and are a staple in Latin and Caribbean cuisine. While physically larger, the biggest difference is …

Recipe: Torta with Pork and Chorizo

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The torta: essentially just the name given to any Mexican sandwich. During our time in Oaxaca, this was one of the first foods we immediately fell in love with, and has remained one of our top choices when grabbing a bite on the side of the road. This is one of those comfort foods that you eat without remorse: forget about caloric intake, don’t bother counting carbs, or getting enough ‘green’ in your meal.
 
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