Granada to Ometepe

Trip Start Jan 21, 2010
Trip End Apr 24, 2010

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Arnold has elected to take the 'authentic' chicken bus route this morning so he and Deinor are up early to lave at 7am while the rest of us opt for the $1 extra for the private minibus leaving at 9am.; we have all done several chicken buses already and do not feel the need to do more.

I’m actually up at 7am since I need to make some calls, the beauty of Skype is that 30 mins on phone to my credit card company in the UK only costs about 30p….. I’m feeling much more relaxed now they are resending out my internet banking access codes so I can manage this new credit card online.

There is time for final quick brekkie at Kathy’s waffle house and Anthony and I wander up there shortly after 8, although just a smoothy, coffee and bagel this morning. All aboard the team gap bus at 9 and about an hour later we pick up Arnold and Deinor and wait for the 11 am ferry to the island of Ometepe in the middle of Lago di Nicaragua.

Ometepe island is dominated by 2 large volcanoes, All 1610 m of the active Volcan Concepcion with its near perfect cone shape makes its extinct neighbour Volcan Maderas seem childlike in comparisons yet Volcan Maderas still stands at 1345m. Both from the mainland town of San Jorge where we catch the ferry, and all over the island of Ometepe stunning views of both volcanoes are afforded.

The weather today is once again scorchio and the ferry ride also permits some addition work on the tan. There is a short break in proceedings when we need to rescue a stranded small fishing boat, but once they are tied on to the back we carry on and shortly arrive in Ometepe.

Our first job is to stock up on some provisions since the hotel we are staying in is somewhat off the beaten track and closes its bar and restaurant etc at 9pm; so we duly stock up on rum, mixers, beer and beer snacks. There is significant discussion about how much rum we will need for 2 days/ nights; we ere on the side of caution thinking 4.5 litres should be plenty and we can always take with us anything we don’t get through – what na´ve young fools we were!!

Rather then head straight to the hotel we take in lunch at Playa Santo Domingo and spend a lazy afternoon there on the beach in the sunshine. The spot offers further stunning views of Volcan Concepcion and I will add a couple more of the multitude of pictures I have taken to the blog. The afternoon, after lunchtime beers, also offers the opportunity for muchos sillyness, with water based acrobatics, YMCA photo opportunities and even YMCA shockingly badly choreographed routines – I’ll leave the photos and hopefully the video clip (if I can get a decent internet connection) to provide suitable embarrassment.

We head to the hotel Finca sto Domingo somewhere around 5pm and all decide to head straight for the bar and crack open the rum. In short the evening is Carnage, all of team gap are in rum drinking mode and the ipod is pumping out some tunes. We do have food as well and I indulge myself with a further bottle of red wine but rum based drinks are consumed until the early hours when surprisingly we run out of rum…….
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