Culture by stark contrast.
Trip Start Sep 28, 2011
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The bus is mostly a long sleep, with interjections of passport stamping and bag checking. After twelve hours looking at the inside of my eyelids, I make it, with friends and belongings, to Leon, Nicaragua.
My mood is instantly enhanced. This place is amazing. It feels like a slightly more run down version of Antigua, but the people are welcoming, the atmosphere vibrant and the city alive. It teems with people, dancing in the streets, music everywhere. There appears to be some kind of festival, perhaps as a result of the recent successful elections here
We fall into a taxi, and fall into our new home. Hostel Tortuga Booloda is a colourful place, and feels safe and comfortable in an instant. After meeting with some fine people from around the world, we take to the streets. There is a buzz in the air. Perhaps something to do with how the whole town has come out for the big televised boxing match tonight, perhaps simply because these are fine people. We meet with welcomes at every turn, sing Bon Jovi badly in a Spanish only Karaoke, and dance the night away to a salsa beat. Depression a distant memory, as recently as it was yesterday.