It is exactly one year since I’ve had probably my strongest travel experience in my life. I have made it to Nicaraguan city of León and joined local people on La Griteria night which is part of a La Purísima festivity (more about it here). Sky was full of fireworks on these days, people were superfriendly and it was quite fascinating to watch people from churches handing out small gifts to all the people who came there. It was without any exaggeration quite a miracle that I had a chance to experience it. I was supposed to be on Costa Rican coast on this very date but as the weather was quite unstable after hurricane Otto, I decided to catch a plane to Nicaragua and visit cities of León and Granada for some 5 or 6 days and then come back to “Pura Vida country”.
Just a small advice: Don’t stick to your plans at all costs. Don’t be afraid to improvise a bit - sometimes it can lead you to even something much better that you have planned yourself. I didn’t know anything about La Purísma until this very night. Now I will never get it out of my head. It has been 365 days since I’ve experienced it but it still feels like it happened just yesterday. Happy La Griteria Nicaragua!