A journey interrupted

Trip Start Sep 26, 2009
Trip End Jan 06, 2010

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Hotel Caribbean Dream

Flag of Nicaragua  , Región Autónoma Atlántico Sur,
Wednesday, November 25, 2009

We knew it was going to be a journey but didn't want to just give up and be a wimp (and didn't want the expense either) of a simple flight from Managua to Corn Islands, so we did it the best way... bus and boat! We got the bus back around the island, then the dodgy boat across to Rivas, and a collectivo taxi to the main road. He was a bit annoying as he drove past our destination (I wasn't sure enough of it until we had passed), dropped everyone else off first as he wanted to talk us into a taxi all the way to Managua, we said no, so he dropped us at the bus station instead, where less buses pass for Managua.... we were annoyed, but couldn't be bothered to argue. We got the bus to Managua and then a taxi to the correct bus terminal and bought our bus and boat ticket to Bluefields...

The bus was due to set off at 9pm and arrive at about 3am, where you sleep on the bus until daybreak and then get a boat to bluefields (nearly 2 hours)... and then a ferry to the corn islands (6 hours)... and we saw a nice looking coach with "Bluefields" written on it, so thought we may even get some sleep... anyway, we booked the ticket, dumped our bags and got a taxi to the mall, to get cash out ... and saw our first christmas tree, and had a burger king
dinner whilst listening to a school band play christmas songs., and then sat at the terminal waiting for 9pm to come around...

Then, we were told to load our baggage... onto the "segunda bus" - it was not the nice coach, that was for some other lucky buggers going to the same place... we got the chicken bus - old style american school bus, hard seats and no head rest... and our bags were slung onto the roof - we set off at 9, tried to doze (alīs seat was on some kind of spring so if he lent back he landed in the mans lap behind) so he shared my seat... (cosy!) and he used my shoulder as a pillow... (very achey and sore too...!)

We arrived at 3am and were ejected onto the pavement and thrown our bags... we then had to wait until the boats started at daybreak. We got onto the long speedboat, about 16-20 people crammed on with all their luggage, and bombed it up the river to bluefields (the driver was a bit of a nutter, swerving to avoid logs and flying over waves at speed) / we got to Bluefields and were told that the boat had technical problems and wouldn't be going until tomorrow... we asked a few different people, as there is no information desk, and apart from risking getting on a fishermans boat for the journey across the ocean, we decided to do what we had to do, wait until tomorrow... (and watched as some yank booked himself on the next plane...wimp!)

Bluefields is not the nicest place to be stuck, but we had some things we needed to post, and had to update some blogs, and eat...etc, so we kept ourselves busy for the day, and got some rum for the evening and sat on the rocking chairs on the shared balcony listening to the country music blasting out from the local bars... They all seem to listen to either reggae or country and western... its funny!

We got up bright and early to get a panga across to el bluff to be ready for the 12 noon boat to the corn islands, our caribbean dream...

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