The first stop

Trip Start Sep 06, 2010
Trip End Sep 04, 2011

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Case Vanegas

Flag of Nicaragua  ,
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Here I come with the first post far away in the Spanish speaking world.
Guys, I have to admit that on the day of my departure I was nervous as a teenager before his first date. But all that enxiety dissolved once I embarked on the flight to Miame. Actually this was my very first flight with BA. I liked their food, but entertaiment was not that good as with Lufthansa. But what was the most important was that we were on time in Miami, and then also in Managua. Right after arrival to Managua I cought on of those street taxes, as recommended by the Lonely Planet to really stretch my budget, which got me to my lodge place call Casa Vanegas. It is small family-run place with 6 rooms. At the time of my arrival, it was totally empty (until a few seconds ago, when 2 British girls show up). Walls and roof are really very thin here, as I could hear every single snoor of the Casa owner (but I did not mind, as I could not sleep much due to a jetleg). In the morning,I had a breakfast in a local place called Cafetin Mirna. It cost me $3 to have a cup of coffee and scrambled eggs with rice, roasted beans and potatos....Do not love it. Right after that I started exploring secrets of the negotiations with the local taxi drivers. For a short ride you should pay between 30 - 40 cordobas (approx $1.5-2), but a quality of those taxes is really questionable. For sure some of them did not have any shock absorbers, or their engine was about to explode). But taxi drivers, eventhough looking like some kind of guerilla fighters, very cool guys who relly tried to talk to me. The first drive was to Huellas de Acahualince which is an archeological site which preserved human footprints left there by local inhabitants about 6-7 thousand years ago. After that I headed towards Area Monumental which used to be a historical centre of Managua till 1972 when it was destroyed by the earthquake. These days you can still find there ruins of cathedral built in 1929 and the newly reconstracted National Museum. As a last stop, I spent a few hours on the famous local market where you could literally find enything. I was warned that it is not the safest place as many pickpockets occur there, but I was prepared and non of my valuables vere misplaced. Eventhough all the places visited today are mentioned in the Lonely Planet travel guide, I have not seen a single white person or other fellow traveller. It was quite suprising and I have an impression that travellers are still quite rare in Nicaragua. Also judging by all those looks I got from the locals anywhere I happened to be ( I anticipate some funny jokes on this one from some of you).
By the first observation, Nicaragua is really a poor country with some criminality problems (before they let me enter a bank branch to withdraw some money I was thouroughly inspected by a guard with a metal detector). Similarly, any a bit upclass looking store or a shopping center has a few armed guys with scatterguns wondering around ( it was really funny to walk by a furniture store and see those tought guys).
Guys, I wanted to post a few pictures I took today, but I managed to delete them all from my camera memory card. It really sucks, as all of them are gone! I  am such an idiot!! I will try to be more careful the next time!
Tomorrow I am heading towards Leon and its active volcanos.......
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Andrea on

Cool, bro... :) Glad your trip to Managua was without any problems. Feel sorry for the lost pix, but tomorrow u can make another ones.. papa

Ian on

Got any salt circles on your clothing long will it be before you scream for some air conditioning 8-)
Good to see you've worked out the camera. Check out the movie instructions too as you can post them here.
Happy days, soak in the heat!


Benjamin again on

Dude, this blog is awesome. I love how I can just jump from post to post and that f******* map is just following all the time!

Eh, so... didn't you say this was a "man's blog", not like the kid's blog I had been writing; up to now you rather sound like a historian. But I still got the 3rd post to goooo, and man I'm looking forward to it.

Keep it up mate, and start feeling well about the fact that you look different. Cause if you have something, anything, then you can share it, right? Your words, mixed up a bit with mine...

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