Caribean Islands and Miskitos

Trip Start Mar 25, 2009
Trip End Jun 04, 2009

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

We have spent the last few days here on the Caribean side of Nicaragua. From Bluefields we had a boat ride up the river about 50 miles to the peacuful little multiethnic town of Pearl Lagoon. It was fun to see Latinos, Creoles and Miskito indians all living together in this little community. Spanish, English (with a heavy creole accent) and the Moskito language are all heard here and seemed to be used by all. The town has very few cars, but has an extensive paved trail system winding through the town and to the nearby Miskito village. The Miskito village had no roads or cars at all and only recently has had electricity brought to the village. An older man took us on a little tour. We were hungry so he had a woman in the village cook us up some rondon,a local soup made with fish caught from the river, a root similiar to potatoe and coconut juice. Everything harvested right there around the village.
To really have a Caribean experience we hired a man with a panga to take us out to the Pearl Keys, a group of uninhabited islands in the caribean. The ride out was a little rough and took nearly 2 hours but the islands were well worth the trip. Just what you would expect from a Caribean island...palms, white sand and crystal clear water. There were a couple of fisherman there with their boat so we bought a huge fish from them and a coconut husk fire was started, the fish was slapped between some palm leaves and an hour later we had the best lunch, this fish on slices of coconut bread, roasted coconut, pineaple and melon. Perfect!
After a grueling 10 hour bus ride (5 hours over dirt, gravel roads we are now in a mountain town, Juigalpa) in the middle of Nicaragau, recovering. We have heard there is the 2 day assembly here this weekend so we may go to part of that. Only 3 more days before Vince has to be out of the country with his bike, so our time in Nicaragua is coming to an end. Honduras or Guatamala next, still making decisions...
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