Gigante Bay and Ometepe island

Trip Start Apr 19, 2014
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Trip End May 19, 2014


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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

It was a pretty rough morning today, not because of the rum but because it was so hot in our room that we didn't sleep that well. We packed our stuff and checked out. Today we agreed to modify the itinerary and spend the day on the pacific coast instead of having more free time in Grenada. Another day at the beach, how unfortunate. It cost us a little bit to get transportation but it was well worth it. The location we went to had good conditions for surfing. I was interested in renting a board and taking a lesson but the didn't have any boards available. We spent the day at a beachfront hostel restaurant so we had food and drinks available as we needed. I spent most of the day in the water playing on the waves. By mid afternoon the waves were about 2-3m high so it made for lots of fun but also some painful crashes. I was pretty exhausted and beat up after my time in the water. It was a great day at the beach.

We settled our tab and headed back on the road as we needed to catch the last ferry to Ometepe which left at 5:30. Ometepe is the main island in lake Nicaragua made up of two volcanos, Conception which is still active and Madaras which is extinct. The ferry was nicer than the one in Zambia but not as nice as the one to Roatan. The sun though not visible due to the clouds was setting on our crossing and painted the sky many different colours. It was very cool to see. Then as things got dark, a far off lightning storm lit up the sky. The ferry ride took about 1.5 hours. Once off the ferry we loaded into some more vans for the short ride over to the community where we are going to spend the next two nights.

We had supper at the main community centre which consisted of chicken, rice, beans and fried plantains. It was quite good and there was lots of food. After we finished we got to meet out host families. This part of the tour is part of the Plantera project which is G Adventures' charity. Here they set up home stays in the community as a development project and to provide a source of income. In return we get to live with a host family for two nights and they feed us breakfast and dinner. Our host is named Brenda with her husband Jorge. They have two daughters and a new baby. The also have a barnyard of animals out back including chickens and pigs. Gina's favourite is their new puppy who is 2 months old. She likes chewing on my sandals. I managed to have a bit of a conversation with them in my broken Spanish. There is also another young man from Quebec living with them for three weeks. He is here with a group building a playground for the school. We all sat around for a bit in the rocking chairs in the living room before heading to bed. Nicaraguans don't have couches, they have wicker rocking chairs in their living rooms and they enjoy sitting around watching tv. After a long day in the ocean then with the family we were ready for bed and had a great sleep.
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Daaaddy on

After a few nice days, we are starting to see a hint of green on the trees. However, our nice weather is supposed to disappear with highs in the single digits and the possibility of rain or snow. It must have been bad luck to put my snow shovel away.

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