Time for Nicaragua

Trip Start Dec 30, 2013
Trip End Mar 25, 2014

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Flag of Nicaragua  , Leon,
Monday, January 27, 2014

Day 29: Monday, 27 January

The 3.30am alarm wasn't pleasant to wake up to, but it was time for Nicaragua so we were excited about that! The shuttle arrived for us at 4am and we headed for Guatemala City. The driver pulled up outside what looked like a closed office building with one bus in the driveway. He assured us it was the King Comfort bus depot. We were a little apprehensive but shortly after we arrived another few taxis pulled up. Tickets sorted we began our first leg of the journey at 6am. The seats reclined so we felt that we were in luxury!!

After some much needed sleep we pulled into San Salvador bus station and had to wait 2 hours to change buses. Luckily the second bus was even nicer than the first, with wifi onboard! We settled into the journey again and with 'My Left Foot' on the tv sure we felt like we were at home!!

After a long wait at the Honduran border we were finally on our way to Leon. We grabbed a taxi from the bus stop at the edge of the city and headed for our hostel, Lazybones. It was 10.30pm so that was one long day on the road!!

Day 30: Tuesday, 28 January

We took advantage of a much needed lie in and then dropped off some laundry. It was time for a walk around the city of Leon and we found a lovely French bakery for lunch. The city itself was different to what we expected. Although it had a colonial feel like Antigua it didn't have the strong cultural feel of Guatemala. It was easy to see the strong American influence!
With the sun beating down we decided to head back to the hostel and take advantage of an afternoon relaxing by the pool. We have to find time every so often to keep this blog up to date!!!

Day 31: Wednesday, 29 January

We were up early to head over to Bigfoot Hostel to go Volcano Boarding! We had booked it the day before without too much thought of what lay ahead!!

After an hour long bumpy trip on the back of a truck, and our heads being wrecked by a very annoying loud East Coast Canadian...we arrived at the base of the volcano. Naïve to what lay ahead of us we gathered our overall jumpsuits, goggles and boards. The boards can best be described as something similar to snow sleds.

From the beginning the climb up the volcano was a challenge with the sun beating down on us. From about half way up the wind then became the challenge as we had to keep changing the position of the board so we didn't go flying over the edge with it! The views from the top of the volcano were pretty amazing and you could stand very close to the smouldering crater at the top.

Then came the time to complete the task we set out for....sitting on the board and basically sled down the side of the volcano. 'The faster you go the better' was what we were told but the three of us were more interested in how to slow down than speed up!! Top speeds of 92km for guys and 91km for girls had previously been recorded....oh dear lord what had we signed up for!

Kathy went first...well after about 3 others had done the track first! She arrived at the bottom with not even a scrape and realising how much fun it is...it wasn't that steep at all....that will do nicely.
Michele was up next! As Kathy watched her from the bottom she noticed her feet weren't exactly operating the breaking feature we had been told about!! 61km....the best female time of the day! Go Bradders! Thank god the bump on a rock and following tuck and roll performed at the end had no lasting injury apart from a very sore coccyx!
Jen came down third and operated her brakes more effectively! Still an unbelievable adrenaline rush! It's safe to say all three of us were very glad to come away unhurt...some of the grazes and cuts were not a pretty sight. A nice can of beer (well a sip of a can for Jen) and a cookie topped off a very good morning's activity...despite the effort involved in climbing the volcano! Hats off to the crazy lunatic Aussie who came up with the idea for volcano boarding!!

We went to a really nice restaurant, Carnivoro for dinner. It was steaks all round to refuel after a tough day!!

Our shuttle bus was booked for 10am on Thursday to take us to Granada.
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