Quick stopover at familiar place

Trip Start Apr 21, 2010
Trip End Jun 29, 2010

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El Regresso

Flag of Nicaragua  , Chontales,
Thursday, May 6, 2010

On our way from Little Corns to Matagalpa. Close to 12 hours of travel including wait times. Started at 7am with panga from Little Corn to Big Corn, 30 min panga ride turned into about an hour or so while we waited for the panga owner went to get another panga because everyone on the island was leaving together this morning. There were about 40+ people on our panga, our ride to Little Corn had about 15 people. People were pretty much hanging off the boat just to catch a ride and this does travel over the open sea which does get pretty bumpy even though it was calm that day. Yikes, I think he blew one of the two motors half way!

Anyways, then hoped on a plane from Big Corn to Bluefields. Jumped on another panga to El Rama which was about 2 hours. Crammed again on wooden seats, my butt is not cut out for this! Also, everyone getting on this panga had their belongings searched by the military including us before the boat left. Not sure if this is normal. One of the guys was holding an AK while the other searched. He looked at my big backpack and just asked for my passport. Confirmed it was me and did a mild search in my day pack and skipped the daunting backpack. Phew, I did not want to unpack and repack in a rush!

In Rama, jumped on a bus to Juigalpa which took 7 hours after stopping at every little house and village, etc. on the way. These bus drivers are crazy! No speed limits, no concern for the road lines, although I feel pretty safe most of the time there are moments were I wonder how there are not more accidents.

The more I take the busses here in Nica, the more curious I become on the culture and economics of the whole highway/roadside system. Busses here are like the train system in Europe. Pretty intricate and the main way to get around for the majority of people. Because of this it appears that a whole culture has developped around it. With a "crew" working the bus, there is the bus driver, and at least one, two, sometimes three or four people working the logistics of loading and unloading as well as money collection. Everyone has his part and it seems that they are well respected amongst the community. Then there are all the people who business is to sell food and such to the bus patrons. At most of the villages, the bus is bombarded with women selling food and refreshments. They just hop on the bus, it moves on to the next stop while they yell out what they are selling. People just bust whatever they fancy. Then at the next stop all the food sellers get off the bus, presumably to catch the bus going the other way to get back to where they started. They do this everyday and this is how they make a living. Very cool and interesting. I wonder if they work together, as part of a larger company or if they fend for themselves. Anyways, got a little off topic, soo many questions...

Once we arrived in Juigalpa, it was getting dark and since we have already been here we decided to stay. We took a quick taxi to Hotel Regresso where the lady running it remembered us. She is soo nice! $15/night and breakfast that she cooks herself is $5 for the two of us!

Anyways, off to Matagalpa tomorrow!
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