Arrival....

Trip Start Jul 05, 2010
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Trip End Jul 27, 2010


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Casa Cuaquere

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Sitting in the Miami airport....making some last minute arrangements....like - where are we going to stay the first night and how are we going to get there.?   All of a sudden it seems like Managua must be quite a tourist destination as the couchsurfers are few and busy and the hostels are full...but we luck out.  Lillian, the couchsurfer who runs the Quaker House offers a couple of beds and directions to the place.  Whew!!  Going to plan a bit ahead from now on....So we arrive....nice airport....and the usual crowd leaning into the glass frontage of the airport craning to find loved ones arriving..taxis trying to get a fare somewhere..everybody calling out...looking for you to be the one.  Always a little intimidating.  But then, amongst the crowd, a man holding a sign with my own name on it...something Ive always wished for.   So after some challenging / are we understanding this? conversation, we're in his taxi and off to Casa Cuaquera?  Driving through the full-of potholes streets, hot humid air sweeping thru the tiny rattling taxi...mostly deserted, pretty desolate looking streets, glad Im not on foot, smells of diesel, political billboards,  some wild driving....all make me know Ive arrived in Nicaragua...familiar sights/sounds...really glad to be here.  But where are we headed exactly?   Midway, we realize he's heading to a hotel we emailed that afternoon...but the Casa is expecting us.....dilemma....we pull over to negotiate...not much on our side to negotiate with - we're not about to hop out of the cab at night on some rough looking side of the road.  Well needless to say we get there.  Costs us a few extra unnecessary bucks....but we get there safe and sound...glad to be introduced around this new group of people...enough excitement for one night.  Managua - a tough looking city...I want to see it but dont know how long we'll spend here.   
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shoefits on

Hey Karen! Woo-hoo, Managua! Happy travels. Can't wait to read about your further adventures. XOXO

Patti Sullivan on

Geez, Karen....talk about wunderlust!! Not easy to pin you down, is it??? Hope you have an exciting and eventful trip - I know you will and looking forward to reading about your adventures.....once again!!
Take care!

Yuki on

I love reading your blogs. Happy and safe travels to you! Satoru and I send you hugs!

Kerry on

hey Karen - be safe in the big city - only a few more days until Michican - can't wait...

Rich Garafola on

Hi Karen. Glad you arrived safely. Hope you have a rewarding experience. Is Corey with you? Are you off to somewhere else? Rich

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