Trip Start Feb 07, 2012
19Trip End Apr 24, 2012
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Luckily the last spot we checked had 1 room and was willing to add a few extra beds. We blew the budget, but at least we had a place to stay
Determined to using the local public transportation ("chicken bus"), in the morning we had to take the "short walk" from the hotel to the bus station. 6 blocks thru a Sunday Nicaraguan market. It got narrower and narrower, hotter and hotter. Picture the market scene in any movie about India, and that is basically what we were navigating, carrying huge signs letting everyone know we were wealthy tourists, a.k.a lots of luggage! Sawyer and Hunter were absolutely amazing navigating through this mob scene of people, rotting food, insane heat, makeshift storefronts, and honking taxis and cars everywhere. We could not find the bus station, even asking some people (no English at all in these parts). Finally we found it.. The 'bus" was a mini van with us crammed all over the place, our backpacks on our laps and tied to the roof of the bus. 1 hour later we were dropped off in Jinotepe and was able to enjoy the best pizza in Nicaragua.
Next Stop - a week of Spanish school at La Mariposa. Stay tuned!