Back on the tourist trail.

Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
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Sunday, November 21, 2004

We have made our way back to the mainland, from Corn Islands to Granada, Nicaragua's grandest city. To my knowledge it's in fact the oldest colonial city in Central America, a place I have longed to visit for a while. But after a few days here I am a tiny bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice enough city with some splendid and colorful buildings, but I find it a bit boring with nothing much to do. Guess I just had to high expectations for the place. There's a few places I will go to (hopefully) on this trip, that I have wanted to see for many years. Torres del Paine in Chile, Pantanal in Brazil, Iguazu Falls on the border between Brazil and Argentina, Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia to name a few. It's always kind of exiting when you finally get to go to one of those places in your dreams. "Will it match my expectations?" Not many places do, as it's easy to dream up the perfect place. Machu Picchu in Peru and Tikal in Guatemala are some of the few places I've been to that actually exceeded my expectations. But then of course there's also lots of places you haven't always longed to see or even heard about, that really turns out to be fantastic. That's all part of the thrill.

Steve, Cathrine, Carmen and I spend four days walking the streets of Granada, drinking, eating as well as celebrating Carmen's birthday. A couple of the nights, we are joined by some travel photographers from Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, who we met on Corn Islands. They were taking photos for a story they are doing on the islands, planned for the June or July 2005 issue. They joined us for photos on one of our diving trips, so we'll have to see if I get my 15 minutes of fame next year. I somehow doubt it, as they seemed to concentrate on taking shots of the girls on the boat instead of photogenic me. Weird don't ya think??

Laguna de Apoyo about an hour outside Granada was a pleasant surprise. It's a volcanic crater lake with a perfect swimming temperature as well as being ideal for some kayaking or inner tubing. We only went here for a day trip, sunbathing on the property of the Monkey Hut hostel. I wish I had stayed for a day or two instead, as on this particular day the hostel was occupied by something like 16 tanned girls and not a single guy. Hmm, have to add the place to my "exceeded my expectations" list.
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