And below is a close-up map of actual Nicaragua. I am flying into Managua (in the West) on Sunday. My roomates (Bridget and two others) are going to take me to Granada, which is on that bigger lake. We are going to stay in a rented house for about 4 days, and then head up to Esteli, which is straight north of Managua. I have friends in Leon, so I hope to visit there as well. I will stay in Esteli with the same three roommates until the end of November, when I will take a bus ride down to Costa Rica to stay for two months with Nicole, who is from California but is spending a year in Costa Rica.
It is the rainy season right now, but that should clear up in November. The weather is hot and humid. There is an active volcano you can hike right up to. Specific brands of tampons are hard to come by. And, now you officially know as much about Nicaragua as I do.