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If I learned anything in Nicaragua, it was this: things never go according to plan, and learning to go with the flow is essential. Had I not adopted this mantra during a spectacularly derailed adventure, I never would have captured this photograph. My friend and I arrived in León early one morning for an excursion but had to wait for our guides. After arriving an hour late, they informed us that we were to “hop on” their motorcycles. I had never ridden a motorcycle, but gamely did as I was told and headed into the backcountry of Nicaragua, dodging pigs and chickens and waving to locals along the side of the road. The plan was to tour the Ruins of Old León, swim in a lagoon, and sandboard down a volcano. However, plans were interrupted before we reached the lagoon when my driver crashed our motorcycle, flinging me off the back of the bike and into a pile of sand. With a large burn covering most of my ankle as an unexpected souvenir, we finally reached the lagoon. Due to my new injury, it was unfortunately apparent that I was no longer in the condition to hike up a volcano. Cutting our excursion short, we parted ways with our guides and ventured back into town. Later that afternoon we were standing atop the Cathedral of Mary’s Assumption as we watched a thunderstorm roll towards us, and we were very thankful that the course of our day brought us safely into town so we were not stranded on top of a volcano in the pouring rain!
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