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Managua, Nicaragua

Stay: Barrio Batahola Sur

Sometimes the perfect place to stay is not comprised of walls. For me, it is the view from the windows. Small tastes of the local atmosphere can usually be found inside: the hammock hanging in the corner, the scent of mangos, or the buzz of mosquitoes. However, until you look outside, you may as well be at home. This is one of many reasons why I loved staying with my friend Megan in her small neighborhood called Batahola Sur. By the time I visited her, she had been a resident of the capital city of Managua, Nicaragua for over a year, living in a small house with four other volunteers. Managua is not sought out as a typical tourist destination, but this presented me with the opportunity to view life as the locals view life. During the evenings, children played ball in the streets as I watched from the front stoop. They waved at me and called out, “Hello!” As I returned the gesture, the small interaction registered itself as a memory worth preserving.