La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel
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... more little bracelets. Our guide was 21 years old and spoke the best English that I have heard yet. He promised to do the tour in English and in Spanish though, since I was complaining about TOO much English. On the drive to Masaya he taught me a ton of "jerga" which is slang.
I know I have talked about it before but I can't say it enough. I LOVE how depending on what country you are in you will hear soooo many different types ...
... how this trip changed us and what we would like to take back home with us, shared ideas and personal experiences, while sitting by the fire, we were being choked by all the smoke. Some of us went back down to the laguna, while others finished packing and then relaxed before going to bed. Tomorrow will be our last day of enjoying Jon`s spectacularly gourmet pancakes. We are all very grateful for this trip and the experiences we had on it.
... good things about being married to Guy is that we balance each other out--mostly because we have different ideas about what the big picture is. Guy worries about things like going to work every day and flossing his teeth, and finding the most economic, yet environmentally correct setting for the thermostat. I worry about snack food and birthday parties and whether it’s ok if the boys put the same clothes on again after they get out of the shower. ...
... in Lago Nicaragua: one for every day. In the Lonely Planet it was noted that you could hire boats easily and cheaply at the end of the Centro Touristico, so we walked past Gringo Street and down to the waterfront. What we found was not what we expected, it was a largely deserted waterfront complex of restaurants, bars and an excessive number of childrens playgrounds. It looked like town planners had come up with a great idea, but it had flopped and ...
... me my gastro got the best of me and I skipped on the afternoon tour. I was mega ****** as had been looking forward to the markets for days, wasnt too fussed on missing the volcano, but missing the markets was really disappointing. Spent the afternoon watching countless reruns of NCIS and sleeping. My roomie hadnt gone with the group either so we headed out a few blocks to dinner where I had mash potatoes with vege kebabs, just what id ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
TravelPod Member ReviewsLa Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel Masaya
We stayed at La Mariposa as a family (kids are 10 and 14) for 5 weeks to learn Spanish and had an amazing time. The 1 to 1 teaching is very well structured, with 2 hours of grammar and 2 hours of conversation every weekday. We were never bored for a second as every afternoon there was an activity, plus homework, and there was always someone to talk to... including the parrots. Staying at the Mariposa was a bit like being in an ever-changing commune, and the easy access to the kitchen (and kettle!) for cups of tea and bananas was much appreciated. The food was largely vegetarian but with lots of variety (well, apart from rice and beans with most meals). The kitchen staff were very accommodating when the kids were sick, and liquidated every meal for my husband for over a week when he couldn't eat solids (long story). Paulette and the other staff (thank you Gonzlalez) could not have done more for us when my husband had freak surfing accident. Oscar and Santos were also very cheerful and let the kids help feed the many animals. We enjoyed the menagerie of rescued wild animals that Paulette looks after, and the many dogs and cats. Above all we felt we got to know Nicaragua far better than if we'd stayed in a 'regular' hotel, and while the cabin wasn't always plain sailing (think big spiders, early wakeup calls from the parrots, dark jungly paths) we wouldn't have changed a thing!
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