Trip Start Sep 28, 2009
Trip End May 02, 2010

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Flag of Nicaragua  , Rivas,
Sunday, November 15, 2009

Returned to town, this time to the other hotel. Was sure I had picked up bed bugs at the Castillo plus the rooms are less nice there.

It's fiesta time, the town patron San Diego's bash, so there are processions & local ant dances, though not today unfortunately! However it was the anniversary of the school so the kids got dressed up & paraded the streets, which was fun.

Did see the saint being carried round the streets from the church next morning.
Don't travel on Sundays in Nica - I discovered hardly any buses run & no-one can tell you when they will!! Having got up early to breakfast prior to the 7.40 bus, found there was only instant coffee available at that time and no chance of getting & eating food as the restaurant opened late. Then there was no bus either - not a happy bunny. Locals then promised an 8.00am one - nada! By 9.15 still no coffee or breakfast or bus! Finally at 9.20 one rocks up.

No coffee or restaurants at the dock in Moyogalpa while waiting for the 11am ferry but did find one tiny place cooking sopa on a wood BBQ but it wouldn't be ready untill 10.30. Didn't fancy my chances of getting down all of the huge bowl (think Wagamama bowl size - massive!) of soup with massive chunks of yuca, squash, chicken & chicken/masa dumplings but was going to have a damned good go! Really hit the spot & at $1.50 you can't complain!

As no buses took a taxi from San Jorge dock to the highway in Rivas where a bus immediately came for San Juan. These, as usual, are ex US schoolbuses & they insist anyone with luggage gets in the back but the floorspace is full of other peoples crap. Also the door is really short so with my backpack on back, daypack on front and sprained ankle, plus the bus always pulls away before you're fully on, I am not able to manoeuvre easily & got bashed and bruised yet again! F the lot of them - I'm in the front door from here on in!

As it was, my legs were a battleground from the cuts & bites of the jungle trek plus regular mosquito action, not to mention the new bed bug collection. Much of Ometepe was fly ridden & one night had to eat in my room with the avispas (wasps) rather than brave the biting through the trousers mossie brigade. The biggest swarms were of non biting types though they were pretty annoying too as dozens at a time would try & drown themselves in my beer.
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