Wakey wakey (with poo update)

Trip Start Jun 14, 2005
Trip End Aug 09, 2005

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Sunday, July 17, 2005

We crossed into nicaragua on foot after a 100 km-4 hour bus journey from Tegucigalpa (note: don't forget to ask if the bus is directo). We then took the 3rd bus of the day on to Leon. Leon is a great little city that has been the liberal hub of politics in Nicaragua for hundreds of years. It´s got a very active arts scene including theater, poetry and a bustling night life. ´Awww ain´t it quaint´ say the tourists.
They aren't too big on exercise though. This was pointed out as overachieving Heather and Woody went for a run one morning and almost caused the town to shut down as so many people were intent on staring. The last time i got that much attention i was wearing a banana costume.
Leon feels safe and quaint (come on, i am a tourist after all). We laid our head down to rest in our nice hostel the first night and at 6am were jolted awake by an air raid siren. Later a female volunteer from Kentucky told us that it signaled the beginning of the school day at the elementary school. Another one goes of at noon signaling lunch. It´s not the typical soothing voice of Mrs Green singing "lunch time" but i guess it does the trick.

Woody on history:
Usually I distance myself from any comments made or references to ´The Book´. However i would like to point out a passage that interests me. The text from the Lonely Planet (far more important than ´The Other Book´ - aka The Rough Guide) on Nicaragua relates to the infamous US adventurer William Walker. This man is the real James Bond baddie literally wanting to take over the world.
In 1853 he attacked Mexico with a handful of men and declared himself president of Baja, California, before being driven out.
He then helped liberal Nicaraguans sieze power from the conservatives by massacaring the city of Granada with 56, yes 56, men. He soon elected himself as president of Nicaragua through rigged elections and the US recognised his government. Three months later he instituted slavery, declared English as the nation´s language and took out a huge loan with Nicaragua as collateral.
He then tried to take over all of Central America who thought he was jolly cheeky and drove him out of Granada, but not before he torched the place. He gave himself up to the US navy.
However, six months later, he tried again to conquer Nicaragua. He again failed and surrendered to the US.
Not content with sitting at home playing Risk, he tried once more two years later (I´m not exactly sure what the Americans were doing with him, probably patting him on the back) but again failed in Honduras. Unfortunately this time the British captured him, handed him to the Honduran authorities who shot him in the head.
Americans, huh.
note, all royalties for this will be paid to The Lonely Panic.

PS (poo situation), Heather: Midday madness, Woody: Volcanic steamings
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