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Trip Start Sep 01, 2005
Trip End Dec 04, 2006

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Friday, October 21, 2005

Hi everybody! Its been awhile, almost too long and too hard to keep everything up to date so Im going to do it all in this entry.
So what has been going on.....well in short....a canopy tour of Mombacho was attended which was a gruelling hour ride through very bad roads (youd think Id be used to them by now)around the volcano. This tour had set up 16 platforms which you could zip through the trees, but it went out of fashion after the 2nd zip line. There was just too many of us, nine, and it took way too long. I personally would rather jump out of a plane to get a bigger adrenaline rush. The only thing that got your heart racing was climbing the rickty ladder up 30 metres.
Did a really lovely tour of La Isletas in Lake Nicaragua. Its a group of little islands, around 200, that are all in close proximity with abundant wildlife, mainly birds, and the odd monkey or two! I believe they were actually put their by some people who thought it would be funny to have their own monkey island! So as tourists do we jumped out of the boat and swam as close as we could. I was abit wary due to the last monkey expeirence I had and dont even mention about the dogs! We brang an esky full of beer and made sure that we had a good time.

Four buses and a ferry later I arrived to Finca Magdelena on Isla De Ometepe. Now 1km may not sound like much, but after all the hours on public transport and pouring rain the last thing you want to do was walk a kilometre with a full backpack; up a very steep hill! It was pouring and I was struggling something major. The only thing keeping me going was the fact that I was so hungry that I had to get up their! So anyhow thinking I was smart by putting on my raincoat, the rain stopped and immediately after I was sweating and panting like a dog on heat. Who needs to hike a volcano when you can do the same up the driveway with your backpack! Ok enough with the whinging, Magdelena is a rather large co-operative coffee farm which has been around for atleast 100 years. The island is dominated by two volcanos La Conception and La Madera. The former volcano is active and on a clear day you can see sulphur spewing out from the top. But because of the recent weather sadly it was covered. La Madera was the best one for climbing and I had to take a guide as a few years back a couple of tourists got lost and never returned down the mountain. Anyhow that wasnt going to happen to me! The volcano is rather unique as it has a fresh water lake which has formed in the crater! I was ready for a swim! Leaving at 7am for the hike it was a gruelling 4 hours to get to the top and on the way we saw monkeys and various birds. When we got to the top, we abseiled down some dangerous rocks into the lake. It was beautiful but because of the cloud cover you couldnt see much. As I was already feeling abit ill and it was very windy and chilly up in the crater I had to make the executive decision not to take a dip in the crater of the volcano! Will this decision haunt me, only time will tell.

The community on the island seemed more laid back then on the mainland and for the most of it, it was unspoilt by commercilisation and the reoccuring invasions by the pirates and spanish conquistadors.

Moving on I arrived finally to this Internet Cafe in San Juan Del Sur to do abit of R&R by the beach and hopefully learn how to surf! Theres a camp 12km from here which has all inclusive packages at Playa Yankee. But for now its good food, nice shower and a quiet nights sleep.

Less then 4 weeks to get to Panama City and Im starting to feel the crunch.....

Hope all is well.

Asta Luego

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