Trip Start Feb 05, 2009
11Trip End Feb 23, 2009
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We had decide to spend as little time as possible in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, as is it a big, bustling city (pop 1.4 million) with comparatively little to see compared to other destinations in Nicaragua. Our guidebook (Lonely Planet) described Managua as an "unlovely urban expanse of unsigned tree-lined boulevards and uninspired modern monoliths". That didn't sound very inspiring.
Our fellow passengers bound for Granada were Logan and Erin from Oregon. Erin was a casting director and Logan was an elementary school teacher with a drama background (who would have been a lot of fun in the classroom!). Both Logan and Erin had gone to school in Bellingham, Washington so had been to Vancouver. We talked about the recent inauguration of the new US President, Barrack Obama, and they were very excited about a new era in American politics.
With a population of 5.5 million, Nicaragua is the least densely populated country in Central America. Fifty-five per cent of Nicaraguas live in urban areas.