Two Fortasec for Breakfast please

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
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Trip End Nov 04, 2008


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Ometepl - $15 double, ensuite, old, a-c or fan. Rents car

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

It was a long a hot night, independently of having the fan pointing at us from 1 metre away. Nicaragua is certainly boiling hot! Luckily the Spanish girls that arrived last night shut up at 10pm after singing for 4 hours non-stop all the typical Spanish songs which stereotype Spanish people sing when they go to a foreign country. Classics include:
"Que viva Espaņa"
"Quien ha robado my barca quien"
"Arriba, abajo, al centro y pa dentro"
and the new classic "El Chiqui Chiqui".

Veronika sadly did not have the opportunity to use her "Porque no te callas" (why dont you shut up) phrase which she so wisely learnt from King Juan Carlos (versus Chavez).

The Spanish girls were from that mayority group of spaniards that have the luck to be sent to London for 6 months but never learn the damned language as they always hand around with Spanish people. Sadly for them last night, the good looking guys only spoke English, while the only Spanish speaker was an overweight Morrocan. Life!

Anyway, for those trying to guess about the title of our entry today, that is what Marcos had for breakfast. No more clues...you can search in Google if you want more details of what Fortasec is used for.

We were up and about at 6am in order to catch the 8am bus from Granada to Rivas and then change to the port of San Jorge to get the ferry to Ometepe Islands. We are not exagerating when we say that at 6am you could basically fry an egg on the street...we are going to have to get up at 4am at this rythmn just to avoid a certain disolvation of our bodies!

Back to the story: we arrived at the bus station at 7.55am and the bus was off at 8am (the typical US yellow school bus). They really take their punctuality seriously in Nicaragua. We have yet to see a delayed departure in the local bus industry. Fantastic!

The bus ride on itself was pure torture. These buses hardly have any suspension, so 1.5 hours of ride on a bumpy road was nearly too much. Again for $2.5 US you can expect much more, but to compensate we took a taxi to the port of San Jorge when we arrived...although the taxi itself seemed in worse condition than the bus!

At San Jorge we bought our tickets for the 10.30 am ferry (Cordobas $60 = $US 2.5) and off we went. Its not much of a distance, but the ferry is slow so it took just over 1 hour, ungratiously suffered with a terrible DVD publicity video of a company called Ometepe Safari which seems to specialise (according to the video) in taking overweight tourists around Ometepe as if it was an African safari. If you are lucky enough to suffer this DVD torture life...dont miss the terrible Congo Bongo music they put to make it look much more safari like...whats wrong with Nicaraguan music!

At arrival we checked into the Ometepel hotel and watched Spain beat the crap out of Russia in the Eurocup...if Franco was only alive to take credit and make this part of his anti comunist-masonic crusade!

Moyogalpa itself is a bit of a dump town. You have to push through all the locals trying to desperately sell you a taxi ride, accommodation or tour round the island (it doesnt matter at what time of the day or place). There are plenty of restaurants though with local food, and what a surprise...an ATM!! This didnt appear on any of the travel guides so its a welcome gift to our logistics.

Not much more today. We were "forced" to sleep a siesta given the heat during mid-day, and the rest we have taken our time to organise our trip for the next couple of days. We will rent a 4x4 for tomorrow to visit both volcanos and all the petrogliphs spread around the island (its main attraction).

For those of you into voting things, Ometepe is one of the places that wants to become one of the 7 New Natural Wonders of the World (you can find it in internet). We still havent seen the rest of the Island...but fat chance compared to Iguazu Waterfalls and Picos de Europa in Spain. Sorry guys...
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