Volanoes climbed: 2

Trip Start Aug 07, 2008
Trip End Oct 25, 2008

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Jam'packed last few days. Went out for some drinks on Saturday night, there was a live band on. After, I went to a disco in town. Both were places popular with locals and foreigners. So I wasn´t the only "chele". Chele, which is a bastardization of the Spanish word leche (milk) is Nica slang for a person with white skin. Gringo means a North American, whereas chele can even be used to describe a particularly white Nicaraguan. That doesn´t mean i´m never called gringo. Chele is not a rude word at all, no offence is ever taken to it. Gringo might be different depending on who says it.

On Saturady I went on a full moon hike up volcan Telica. It started off at about midnight, near the base of another volcano, Santa Clara. Took nearly 5 hours to reach the summit. The weather was cloudy and had been raining just before we left, so very humid. We then waited for the sun to rise to get a view of the crater and our surroundings. It was amazing to know you were standing at the edge of an active volcano crater. It was also amazing that there were forests and fields only 200m away. Later we trekked back down, got the amazing views we hadnt seen on the way up, although also felt the heat we hadnt felt so much on the way up.

Today I did a very different type of volcano climb. Cerro Negro is a new and very active volcano, so much so that nothing grows on the slopes or for kilometres around. it is made up of lots of little stones and is an almost perfect 41 degree slope. This makes it great for volcano boarding! (I think I uploaded the photos to my last entry) This involves a wooden board with a metal base which you sit on and hold onto for dear live as you approach crazy speeds (someone was clocked at 60km-h once, but nobody got near that speed today)

Super tired now, work tomorrow
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