It's been a while.
Trip Start Sep 07, 2007
15Trip End Dec 22, 2007
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After Masaya we headed to the most peaceful place I have ever been in my life. It's called Laguna Apoyo. It is an extinct Volcano which is now a crater lake. We took a taxi there from Masaya and the ride down is nice enough but then we got to our hotel and were blown away. When you walk through the gates a calm comes over you. The hotel itself is very simple but its clean and the yard is neat (which seems to be rare in Nicaragua) On the back of the building there is a huge deck that over looks the lake. They had kayaks and intertubes and the was a little dock in the lake to jump off of. We spent a long time out on the water just floating around
After we left the most tranquil place on Earth we went to Granada. We didn't really do much except walk around town. It's very beautiful. The next morning we took the Tica bus which is a bus that takes you from Nicaragua to San Jose Costa Rica. It's much nicer and easier than traveling on your own between the two countries, but it did take 9 hours.
Saturday we moved in with our host family. They are great! The mom and dad are very close to our age so it is really weird calling them my host parents. Their names are Cinthya and Alejandro. They have 3 kids, Manuel is 7, Marielle is 6 and Ismael is 2 almost 3 and he runs around all the time yelling. I'm very comfortable but I don't know if Jeff is used to it yet. We wake up at 5 or 6 every morning because that is basically when the sun rises and you can hear Ismael. Cynthia makes us breakfast. The first couple of days she gave me huge plates. I had to tell her I need less food because Jeff refused to keep helping clean my plate for me. We spend alot of time just hanging out with the family. Jeff has started school. Monday was his first day. We went yesterday and I signed up for classes and took a placement exam. I start next monday. When Jeff is around I don't get to practice my spanish very much but when he's in class I practice alot. No one in our host family speaks english. Alejandro does know a few words. I went with Cinthya yesterday afternoon to pick the kids up from school and I went with them to meet her family. And when I say family I mean family, mom, dad, brothers, sister, nieces, nephews, cousins, even an uncle. She has a big family and they all live close. Well I've spent along time at this computer. I put some pictures up so check the old blogs. Love you.