First stop in Nicaragua
Trip Start Sep 23, 2010
366Trip End Jul 13, 2012
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Where I stayed
Hostal Casa Santiago de los Caballeros
This was the first bus we've been on that has movies on in English with Spanish subtitles and watched 127hrs. We arrived at the border around 1pm and the bus conductor took our passports and fees to the office for us to get them stamped out. We had 15 minutes to stretch our legs and get some food if we wanted. We were also hassled by food sellers and money changers, but decided to wait to see what we were offered on the Nicaraguan side. We then got back on the bus while the conductor got on a tricycle tuk tuk to get to the Nicaraguan side and we followed. We parked up and had to take our big bags to a bag check room along with our customs declarations. We were immediately swamped by kids that wanted (for a fee) to carry our bags to the searching room, but we grabbed our bags before they got hold of them and waited in the queue. For the first time in Central America, they insisted on having us uncage our bags and had a rummage in the main compartment
Fri 20th April
Got up at a leisurely 9am, had pancakes for breakfast and then headed out to explore. First things first though, we had to go to the cash point to get some money to pay for another night, then had a wander round. There are 12 churches and the Basilica Catedral de la Asunción http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le%C3%B3n_Cathedral_%28Nicaragua%29 which legend has it that the plans were switched with those of Lima in Peru by mistakehttp://www.manfut.org/leon/sebastian.html Unfortunately, a link in Spanish is the only one I can find for now. We also had time to look round the museum dedicated to the work of poet Ruben Dario http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub%C3%A9n_Dar%C3%ADo which was all in Spanish but was still interesting. Around 5pm we headed back to the hostel to cook dinner and settle in for the night. Would you belive that on a Friday night, with 100 channels, we can't find anything good to watch!
Sat 21st Apr.
Got up at 8am, had breakfast and caught a taxi to the bus terminal. On arrival we walked over to the Managua UCA bus line and got on the next one heading out. These buses are like collectivos and won't go until they're full, also you pay for the seat that you take, including the one we had to pile our bags on as there wasn't a roof rack. After paying for 3 seats and finally getting our change from the driver, he headed out of the bus terminal and zoomed off down the road. For an old guy, he knew how to floor it and overtake as much as he could with a few close misses.