Last year, with some annual leave to burn, I headed to Nicaragua for two weeks to study Spanish at La Mariposa, a small Spanish school located in the countryside just out of the country’s capital Managua.

 

While many people choose to learn Spanish in Leon or Granada in Nicaragua, studying at La Mariposa gave me a peak into the stunning landscapes in the area and day-to-day life in a small town.

 

On my first day at the school I joined a hike. What I thought would take only an hour or so turned into a hot and sweaty four hour hike trek through gorgeous countryside.

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The school also arranged trips around the local area, including visits to the local Pueblos Blancos (white villages) and Laguna de Apoyo.

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One Saturday, most of the students crammed into a small van and made the drive to the bustling city of Leon. Here, we visited the Cathedral, the largest in Central America, and the Museo de la Revolucion to learn more about the tumultuous history of the country’s revolutionary movement.

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Having only seen a snippet of Nicaragua, this is definitely a country I’m planning to go back to – there are more cities, volcanoes and beaches to explore.