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Tomorrow I’m wheels up out of San Juan del Sur and onward to Leon, exactly two weeks after arriving in this teeny surf town. I have bittersweet feelings about going. On one hand, I’ve really fallen in love with it here and can see how easy it would be to just never leave. On the other, it almost reminds me a bit too much of Koh Tao — it makes me homesick for my own little seaside happy place halfway across the planet, and all the people that make up my little Thailand family there.

It is pretty exciting, though, to find another place that I love enough to see myself settling down part time in someday. I mean, look a these photos… can you blame me?

Happy Monday, everyone.

Photo A

San Juan del SurNot your traditional sunset shot, but something about this image gets me!

Photo B

Color of NicaraguaNicaragua continues to be one of the most colorful countries I’ve ever visited.

Photo C

Horseback Riding in NicaraguaMy best day in the country so far, riding with .

Photo D

San Juan del Sur ChurchMore bright Nicaragua churches.

Photo E

San Juan del Sur Jesus Statue at SunsetHiking to the town’s Jesus statue — and best viewpoint.

Photo F

Maderas Beach NicaraguaAfternoon waves at Playa Maderas.

Which photo is your favorite?

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  • I love C – very cool shot! I’ve heard great things about San Juan Del Sur, and hope to make it there soon!
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    • Meihoukai
      February 9 2015

      It’s a really special little place. So happy I chose to spend a bulk of my time here πŸ™‚

  • Sonja @ Breadcrumbs Guide
    February 9 2015

    Photo B for me! I love the colors and details. Glad you settled in and hope you like Leon just as much!
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    • Meihoukai
      February 9 2015

      Sadly I won’t have much time there, which is a bummer. But it’s okay — I loved lazing around here instead πŸ™‚

  • Jamie
    February 9 2015

    Yes, love C! πŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      February 9 2015

      Thanks! Taken on horseback, no less πŸ™‚

  • becky hutner
    February 9 2015

    B is for bright colors! But not for patterns even though I like those too.
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    • Meihoukai
      February 9 2015

      Nicaragua is just drenched in color. I love it!

  • Emily
    February 9 2015

    Loving C! The colors in all of them brightened up the rainy day I had today. Safe travels tomorrow!

    • Meihoukai
      February 9 2015

      Thumbs down to rain, but thumbs up to safe travels πŸ™‚ Thanks Emily!

  • Photo E. I love the contrasts! Enjoy LeΓ³n and be sure to check out Viavia – it’s a great backpacker hostel / restaurant.

    • Meihoukai
      February 9 2015

      Thanks for the tip — I totally will!

  • Francesca
    February 9 2015

    Definitely photo A for me! New spins on sunsets rock!
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    • Meihoukai
      February 9 2015

      Glad someone appreciated that one — I know it’s a bit unusual πŸ™‚

  • Sky
    February 9 2015

    Ah, love the one with the horses! Definitely going to check those out. I definitely need to take a long weekend to San Juan Del Sur soon!
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    • Meihoukai
      February 9 2015

      It’s really one of the coolest animal experiences I’ve had anywhere in the world. Loved it!

  • Carrie
    February 9 2015

    Photo C is actually a painting right? I mean, c’mon, that’s not a photo, that’s a PAINTING!!! Okay, I’m kidding but – WOW! Beautiful clarity, depth, colors…. Photo C is my fave for sure! And I wish I was on horseback in that pack with y’all! πŸ˜‰

    • Meihoukai
      February 9 2015

      Man I wish I could paint that well πŸ™‚ But yes, I love that photo because it reminds me of such a happy happy moment!

  • Anna @ shenANNAgans
    February 9 2015

    What a gorgeous part of the world. πŸ™‚ I love that you’ve found a place that you can see yourself spending extended periods of time at. That is really special. My fave pic is D, the yellow church, its so pretty.
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    • Meihoukai
      February 9 2015

      The churches here in Nicaragua are really gorgeous. I don’t normally have such a thing for them, but here I can’t seem to stay away!

  • Justine
    February 9 2015

    Photo C…such a beautiful shot! Enjoy Leon. I never made it there when I was in Nicaragua but I’ve heard great things πŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      February 9 2015

      I’m excited to check it out, even for a few short days!

  • Christina Guan
    February 9 2015

    Love the silhouettes in Photo E!
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    • Meihoukai
      February 9 2015

      Thanks! I was really proud of that shot and the maneuvering I had to do to get it πŸ™‚

  • Leah
    February 9 2015

    I really like photo E, and I’m so happy you didn’t have to go to Jesus alone! Now get outta there and get BACK TO WORK πŸ˜‰
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    • Meihoukai
      February 10 2015

      Three posts down today. On it πŸ™‚

  • Sarah
    February 10 2015

    Photo A! I like the “realness” of the cables in front of the sun
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    • Meihoukai
      February 10 2015

      Thanks Sarah! I think that’s what I like about it too. I’ve spent enough of my life photoshopping cables out, for once I wanted them in, ha.

  • All Graduates
    February 10 2015

    I so love your pictures, especially that shot with you guys riding towards the sea on horseback. It’s so simple, yet so serene that it makes me want to go to a beach myself… sans horse of course, but it still has the same idea. Enjoying your shots, keep adding more!

    • Meihoukai
      February 10 2015

      I basically want to do to the beach at all times, so I feel ya πŸ™‚ More photos coming out every week!

  • Steve
    February 10 2015

    I am choosing photo E this week. The light came out perfectly on this photo.
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    • Meihoukai
      February 11 2015

      Pretty light time is my favorite time of day πŸ™‚ Right before sunset!

  • Marie @ Marie Away
    February 10 2015

    I love C as well–you should make it a postcard πŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      February 11 2015

      I keep meaning to make that happen! Add it to the never ending to-do list πŸ™‚

  • Marni
    February 10 2015

    I love photo E, but there’s something about C… I think it’s my love of horses and footprint (or in this case hoofprint) photos. It’s beautiful!

    • Meihoukai
      February 11 2015

      Ha, I’m a footprint fan too πŸ™‚ Maybe a reason I like that one so much as well!

  • Anne
    February 10 2015

    I love all photos but both B & C really caught my eye. Beautiful! We are currently in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica which I hear is sort of similar to SJDS, Nica. We cannot wait to get there and explore! I hear it’s full of healthy food spots, yoga and surf – which is right up our alley.

    • Meihoukai
      February 11 2015

      Puerto Viejo is amazing! I really enjoyed my time there, though it wasn’t long enough. I preferred SJDS, though — you’ll have to let me know what you think.

  • Carson Ford
    February 10 2015

    I love Photo F; the painting on the side of the building is so interesting and bright. La Playa Maderas looks so inviting as well. Neat shot!

    • Meihoukai
      February 11 2015

      It’s a cute little beach. Wish I’d stayed there a few nights. Next time!

  • Kristen Noelle
    February 10 2015

    I’m loving these, but C instantly drew me in! It just LOOKS like it was a picture perfect day. Loved your IG — horse riding on the beach is definitely on my travel to do list!

    • Meihoukai
      February 11 2015

      I’m obsessed with Instagram lately! It’s the only social media I truly love. What even is Twitter? πŸ™‚

  • Maddy
    February 10 2015

    F or E! F or E! Can’t wait to read your riding post…
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    • Meihoukai
      February 11 2015

      It’s basically just going to be like, nine hundred exclamation points in a row. Are you still excited? πŸ˜‰

  • Photo F because I LOVE Playa Maderas!
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    • Meihoukai
      February 11 2015

      It’s a cool little spot. Glad I made it there twice!

  • Katrin
    February 10 2015

    I like F, because its very real and zooms me straight back to this beautiful place! thanks

    • Meihoukai
      February 11 2015

      Happy to provide the virtual trip, Katrin πŸ™‚

  • Kacy
    February 11 2015

    I am digging Photo E a lot, I love the different depths of field. You always have great photos!
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    • Meihoukai
      February 11 2015

      Thanks Kacy! It is a really fun creative challenge every week!

  • Rashaad
    February 11 2015

    I actually love Photo D – which is strange because I haven’t spent a lot of time in churches. I think I like that photo because I’m not used to bright churches.
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    • Meihoukai
      February 12 2015

      I can’t stop taking pictures of the brightly colored churches in Nicaragua! They are gorgeous and so unlike the ones I’ve seen elsewhere in the world.

  • Chris
    February 11 2015

    Glad you’ve loved San Juan del Sur a little more than us (the scene was a bit too young and drunk for us)!

    Photo E for me. One of my highlights of our time there, glad you took time out for the 20 min walk from town πŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      February 12 2015

      There’s totally another size to SJDS — the yoga and surf and spiritual side, which it’s too bad you didn’t stumble upon πŸ™‚ I think there’s a lot more too it than the party scene!