It´s like going back in time!

Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
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Trip End Sep 05, 2007


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Thursday, June 21, 2007

The border crossing from Honduras to Nicaragua at the town of Guasaule was one of the most hectic we have encountered so far! As soon as our bus pulled up we were accosted by guys with rickshaws and moneychangers! They were grabbing at us, grabbing at our bags and shouting at each other to get away this is my customer! One guy even started kicking another.....it was crazy and there were so many people all pushing and shoving that when we did change money in a stressed rush we were totally ripped off by about $20....damn....When we arrived on our rickshaw at the bus station (think muddy square ground, surrounded by horses and people, litter and stalls selling water, coca cola, apples etc etc) we jumped on a bus that left an hour and a half later to Leon.

Leon is a city in northern Nicaragua and was once the capital before that title was moved to Managua. Leon was a charming city, there was a big plaza where you could sit and chill out, we did that both nights we were there looking at Central Americas largest cathedral. When we did actually venture into the cathedral there was a graduation ceremony on! That was quite cool to see, and we got away with paying the entrance fee too! The Cathedral was beautiful, inside and out, and whilst in Leon we headed to a few other beautiful churches too.

The streets of the city were quite busy, some were cobblestoned and very pretty with some glorious buildings, on our first night we found a lady cooking up steak sandwiches and massive cheeseburgers just off of the main plaza - cheap and delicious.
We stayed in a cool hostel in the city, it was so hot and humid though that last night we couldnt sleep...that could of been the Mojitos and beer we drank in the hostel bar to cool down though!

Leon was a great city to visit, but there was not a huge amount to see and do, the sandboarding down a volcano was fully booked, so we just chilled out, wandered around, did internet things and called home at long last....this morning we jumped on a microbus to the capital Managua and then another an hour south on the lake shore to the handsome city of Granada.

Compared to Honduras, Nicaragua is obviously much poorer, the infrastructure is not so good, things are cheaper, there are lots of beggars and street kids, people drive around by horse and cart as well as car, it reminds us of Cambodia - itīs beautiful.

Hugs

AlinMatt
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