It was a "Vista Linda" indeed!
Trip Start Jul 14, 2010
93Trip End May 18, 2011
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Familia Vista Linda
When we got to the house, we could really see the beautiful view the family had. We could see the Panamerican Highway and all of the hills on the other side, too. Truly a gift. There were some tourists already there (two of which we had ridden in the back of the truck with in Esteli), but they were only there for the day, so they left pretty soon after we got there
The family only spoke Spanish, so we got a lot of practice in with the language! We mainly spoke with Nelson and his wife, whose name I can't remember at the moment! They also had I think 5 kids - One daughter who was living in Esteli and has her bachelors degree in the sciences. They had three daughters living there and one little boy.
They served us guava juice and dinner that night - un plato tipico de las Nicas - gallo pinto, some meat, cabbage salad, and tortillas. That night, Nelson played guitar for us. He played the national song of Nicaragua and a song about Esteli, among others. He also told us a lot of stories about the war there. All of this was in Spanish, so we didn't catch all of the words, but we got the jist. Lots of people died when the Hondurans (paid by the US) attacked Esteli. Most of the people who fled into the hills where Miraflor is now were killed. Pretty crazy. When Logan and I went to bed, he was like, "Man, that was really intense!" Yes, yes it was.
The next day, we went to the top of a pretty big hill on horseback and could see all the way to Honduras. Nelson told us more stories from there. He told us about house his family came to purchase the land, and more stories about the war.
After the trek to the view, we went to Tres Cascadas (three waterfalls), which was very beautiful. We got to wash off a little bit before going back to the house. On the way back, there was a pretty steady rain, so Logan, Nelson and I got pretty wet
Well, the next day we had to leave to catch the 8:00 am bus back to Esteli and then went on to Managua (hate that place, by the way) and then on to Rivas, which is toward the south between the Pacific Ocean and Lake Nicaragua (I think).