Trip Start Jan 16, 2008
35Trip End Apr 19, 2008
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Where I stayed
Amigos Bed & Breakfast
So, bus, boat, taxi, bus, bus. Total elapsed time 4 hours, total cost US$11. Not bad.
We like Nicaragua. It's the asianest of the countries we've been to this trip, and we mean that in a good way
Only downside is that they don't seem to realise what a wonderful country they have. People throw plastic bags and bottles out the window of the bus; don't bother going 20m to throw a biscuit wrapper in the bin, just drop it on the ground instead. Still, 20 years ago they were in the middle of a civil war/revolution, so I guess these things take time. Here in Granada we can already see signs that things are changing - the rotarians have sponsored garbage bins all over town, the Spanish government is currently sponsoring renovation of one of the main streets here, restoring all the facades and everything and 10 years ago, the Swedish government sponsored the restoration of a wonderful old church (Iglesia de San Francisco) and attached Convent which is now a museum. It's nice to see that our tax money is doing some good ;)
With all these foreign interests fixing up at least this town, I really hope that the people start to take pride in what they have and start to keep it clean. There are recent signs in key places challenging folk to do just that, so it looks like the education process has started.
Nicaragua really is a wonderful country, definitely our favorite for this trip and we've already decided that we'll be back :)