Twin volcano-oed slothness

Trip Start Jun 30, 2008
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Trip End May 09, 2009


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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Approaching Ometepe on the ferry from San Jorge, I almost felt like an interepid 19th century explorer person. Apart from the dozens of dreadlocked guitar playing tourists on the boat too that is, but the island is so hippified and laid back that it's easy to wander and feel you're the only foreigner there. After a night on the pizza and beer with my new Canadian boat buddy in the "capital" Moyogalpa (2000 inhabitants and counting), we got a sweaty bus to to Charco Verde and found a cabin right on the lake. I don`t know how 6 days passed so quickly. Apart from one back breaking day cycling to Santo Domingo (must bring water when cycling up hills next time, duh), time seemed to pass in a blur of morning dips in the lake, colourful indigenous villages, fish and fried plantains (mmm), and futile mini-hikes in search of monkeys. They were probably all blown back to the mainland as the second day there saw the start of the strongest winds on the island for 20 years (according to the man who owned the bar anyway). There were several terrifying moments when I though the roof of the cabin was going to fly off and decapitate someone, but despite their flimsy half built appearance, the structures held strong and ometepian heads were secure until the next gales. As we were leaving on Friday we were told that all boats off the island had been cancelled over the last 2 days (apart from one which set sail and consequently crashed into the harbour on the other side, depositing its passengers into the sea) and no-one knew when the next one would leave. Worrying visions of growing old and fat on a diet of fried bananas were beginning to settle into my mind, but luckily the next day a sturdyish looking boat managed to make it back to the other side, loaded with stranded tourists and nicaraguans off to replenish the islands severely depleted beer supply.
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