Snakes on a plain
Trip Start Jan 18, 2013
17Trip End May 18, 2013
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Ometepe is a strange place. A quick geography lesson on this little island is required I feel. It was formed by two volcanoes erupting in the middle of a lake, and that's all I have time for as I'm sure you are already bored. The attraction to the place is that you can hike up the volcanoes, kayak in a wetland (kayaking in a dry land would be a feat), swim in clear pools, get blown over by a 30 club wind and most importantly, you have a chance of seeing the illusive sharks of Lake Nicaragua.
As we travelled so far in one day to get there, we arrived in the evening which is never ideal
After we had finished our introductions and got through the small talk with our bug mates we found a place to eat and then hit the hay, so to speak. And by 'hay' I don't mean sawdust - although we did eventually hit that as we had no other options - I mean our beds that were made out of leaves and small grass cuttings.
On day one we rented a scooter and decided to do a self guided island tour. Son was the tour guide and I was the driver. We didn't have the luxury of a microphone, but as we were so close to each other we didn't really need one. On this day our tour guide was in quite the adventurous mood and she decided to take us on a real backstreet tour - and by backstreet tour I don't mean Backstreets Back Alright
Finally after what felt like a lifetime on the spine of a poorly manufactured scooter, we made it home. It was at this point when I met the Lady from the Hairy Armpit Factory. Sheesh kebabs its hard to concentrate on a conversation when two George W's like that hit your eye radar - but I managed to get through it and she went on to tell me that she had no room on her animal farm for the next few nights, as we were hoping to stay longer. She then arranged us an alternative for the coming nights which turned out to be exactly what we needed.
Anyway, that night we were quietly sitting outside reading our books (like two pensioners) when all of a sudden the Linguist yelled out 'Oh mi Dios'. I turned and saw the back of a massive snake entering our room. Sonny headed straight for high ground and jumped up onto the windowsill. It took a few seconds to sink in, and as it did we realised the dilemma that had just presented itself. It was a major dilemma, as we couldn't really wait outside for him to exit as we were in the middle of nowhere in the bush, we couldn't just pop up to reception as it was a two day hike to get there and we probably would struggle to spend the night in that room. Being the only male for miles I did what I had to do and I entered the room and wrangled the snake to the ground, milked its teeth, made my own anti venom and sent him on his merry way
Decisions needed to be made, so Sonran packed her overnight bag, some supplies, a compass, her field ears and headed for the reception and I followed the snake around the room. After about 20 minutes Son returned with the male owner by which stage I had made my way outside and had my torch shining on the snake as he moved around the outside of our room. Being the most green humans I expected him to bag the snake and release it later, but nope, he went straight ahead and killed it. I was shattered but Son was relieved and I guess I can understand why. That night was spent in fear and we smashed zero Z's.
The next day, we were up really early as we hadn't yet fallen asleep. We then went on a kayaking trip to a wetland off the lake and met a cool British couple who had an epic fight on their kayak - it's not easy kayaking as a couple, we've even had our share of paddle battles. In the wetland we saw amazing bird life, alligators and a man in square toed shoes
After the kayaking we moved into our new accommodation which was more than 5 star. Smiles were being thrown around by the dozen. We were so comfortable that we laughed the half day volcano tour off. Maybe this was a shortsighted decision, but we had seen enough wildlife for one trip and there were continental pillows that needed lying on.
The following day we said goodbye to Ometepe and headed for Granada. We had heard amazing things about Granada, so we had no choice but to make the trip. Unfortunately the hostel we booked in Granada was far from the main plaza, but we managed to find the nice parts and had a cool time eating quality cheap food and watched a live band play to a sell out crowd of 3 humans and a bar tender. I'm sure if we had stayed in a better location we would have loved it more.
After two days in Granada we packed our bags and headed for a small place off the east coast of Nicaragua, called the Corn Islands.
Next up is a slice of paradise, a flooded camera, getting lost on an island the size of Darona's big toe and finding our favorite city to date.