Not packing for a whole week...Yeah!!

Trip Start Sep 25, 2007
Trip End Dec 20, 2007

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Sunday, November 4, 2007

This is a place that everyone should visit if they want to enjoy a nice colonial town and it only reinforced my love of the Nicas.  Chica, chica!! It`s a beautiful city with a bright yellow cathedral in the main square as it`s centre.  It`s also a place where you have to expend a little effort to find all the lovely courtyards, restaurants and shops as most as found behind carved, beautifully coloured doors.  My favourite day there was the day we climbed Volcan Mombacho, a steep 50 minute climb up a paved (in Nicaragua?!) road at a 70 degree incline.  I suffered going up and Lianne trembled all the way down!  The climb was more than worth it though as we were rewarded with the most incredible view encompassing the 365 isletas in Lago de Nicaragua (which are the result of an eruption), the city directly below us, the Laguna de Apoyo (a crater lake), 2 other volcanos to the west of that and both Managua (the capital) and even the Lago de Managua beyond.  I`m not sure how much of all that you can make out in the video.  Then we visited a coffee plantation on the way down and then finished off with a canopy tour which was so much fun....more positions than it the Carma Sutra!!  Lianne`s highlight was the crater lake, Apoyo.  A beautiful spot that we went to twice (my first time repeating anything on this trip apart from the canopy tour).  The hostel there is beautiful and has a nice platform for sunbathing and kayaks for exploring.  And, strangely, the water tasted of saline :)  Oh and I got my most impressive bite of the trip there...well not so much bite as burn I guess.  I must have sat on this guy, who's name I can't remember, and his defense mechanism is to urinate his acidic load on his victim.  But he impressively managed to do this in a perfect circle so that I still have a tire-shaped scar on my leg. 

What else...we went to a really beautiful market in Masaya and also visited the local market which was quite impressive, but I was really reminded that I was in a third world country that day as there are shantys all around this area.  We also did a boat trip around the Isletas.  Some have beautiful houses perched on them...even the Imperial owner has a summer house there.  And Lianne got to see some more monkeys!  I took a bike trip around the city with Jethro and visited the museums and sights and got all the stories. 

A great city filled with wonderful people...I`m even a little sad writing this!
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