Life of Luxury!

Trip Start Jan 22, 2006
Trip End Jun 23, 2009

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Monday, March 27, 2006

Ben, Bex and I hop on the mini bus from Leon heading to Managua, just after the taxi driver warns us about how unsafe the city is. But it's okay, I have a connection in the city and we think we will be fine. My brother's, friend's, fiance's, sister lives there and was kind enough to take us in for a few days. So after about a hour on a cramped mini bus, we are bearly able to get out of the bus before another taxi driver is tring to rip us off. He wanted to charge us 100 Cordobas to get to her house. After asking the mini bus driver how much it should be (he said about 25) the driver finaly lowered his price. So there we were, sweaty, run down and looking like something the cat drug in, and Erin and Thom welcomed us with open arms... they even gave us gross travelers hugs. Eww! Their house is amazing! It was so westernized and beautiful, like nothing we had seen for the past two months. It was great. We had our own rooms with our own bathrooms and it was so plush! Anyway, we all chatted for a bit before cleaning up to go out and get some food. They are so great to just take us in off the street after never meeting us.

The next morning Erin had to fly back to the US for a suprise bridal shower for her sister (I can write this now because it already happened). Her sister thought she was in Nicaragu entertaining me the whole time, so it worked out perfectly. Thom had to work all day so we had the house, and pool, all to our selves. So what do you think we did? Nothing! It was great! Bex said she feels like and "It Girl", sitting by the pool reading her Glamor Magazine. Mostly we sat around in the air conditioned house watching movies and using the internet. After two months of cultural stimulation, it was nice to live a westernized life for a while. After Thom returned from work he took us down to the shopping mall that was really new and nice. When we walked into one of the big stores, I felt like I had just walked into the Nordstromes in Overland Park, KS. It was actually a nice feeling, I felt like I was home for a while. He then took us over to the US Embassey for a tour, so I was technicaly on US soil for a while. That night we bar-b-qued! But burnt everything a bit because we got to talking too much and forgot that we were cooking. But the food was great anyway and it was acompanied by some intense converstation. My mom (or someone else) taught me that when it comes to talking with new people you shouldn't talk about religon or politics... we talked about both until 3 o'clock in the morning! It was pretty cool! Thom then finished off the evening by playing us some songs on his guitar.

The next morning I slept in as long as I could... because the maid was there and I didn't want to bother her. But eventually I had to get up, in order to go swimming in the pool and drink a chai tea. Hard life! When I walked out of my room she was on the phone crying, Ben told me she had been like that for a while. So we were nice and consuled her. I cleaned the kitchen for her, just to be nice. We called Thom and asked if we could send her home. He worked out that she would leave at noon. Well noon came and went and she was still there. Around 2, when I was working on the computer she came in and asked me for money for the cab. I asked if that was a normal thing that Thom and Erin did and she said yes. It was a bit suspicous so I asked Ben and Bex what they thought. We agreed to call Thom and when I told her I was calling him, she got really freaked out and said "no, no". Um, suspicous. Thom was like "No, Don't pay her! She shouldn't be asking you that!". After talking to another guy who speaks good Spanish, she hung up and went home... weird! That was about all of my excitement for the day... that is until 5, when I started cooking! I made lasagna for the poker party Thom was throwing that night. It was ready just in time, Thom was worried it wouldn't be ready. Thom had a few other guys from the Embassy over and we all played all sorts of different poker games and we (I was on a team with Ben, Bex and Thom) lost every single hand we were delt! I have never had such bad luck. Oh well, life goes on... and in total it was only about $10, that's what happens when you play with Cordobas (Nicaraguan currency). After the poker party finished up, we started the pool party that lasted until about 4 am!

I slept till noon, which was great! Thom came home for lunch looking like he got hit by a truck! I also found out today, while trying to pay my credit card bill, that my card number had be stolen and was used to buy about $2500 in camera equipment. So after a bit of drama with that, I rested the rest of the day. Until it was time to party again! This time there was an opening of the new pool house at the new US Embassey that is being built. We met the US Embassador to Nicaragu!!! He was pretty nice, but we only talked for about 5 minutes. He was very impressed with our travel plans. We then headed over to the Marine House (when the Marine that guard the embassy live) for a bar-b-que and welcome party for two new maries that are stationed there. The food was nice, bugers and hot dogs, however the party really got started after the Embassador left. Once of the guys had gone to school at George Mason University and they are going to the Sweet 16!!! So he was freaking out he was so excited. We then tried to play table tennis with a real tennis ball... it was really fun for us, but not so safe for the other people in the room. Oops, sorry. After that party was coming to a close we headed to a club that had live music. It was pretty cool, but we all wanted to bust a groove! So we headed to this really stylish night club where we danced the night away... however, we managed to get to bed around 1 am.

After three days of being reclusive staying at Thom and Erin's house, Ben, Bex and I decided to test our travel legs with a day trip to a town called Masaya. It was said to have a nice craft market and I wanted to buy a hammock, and we needed a thank you gift for Thom and Erin. We made it there just fine... we hadn't lost too much of our travel savy. But the market wasn't as great as we had thought... I guess no market (at least in Central America) will match the one in Chichicastenango. But I was able to buy a skirt, a hammock and some other little things. Once back at the house, we had to get ready quickly for a house warming party at Jon's house (one of the poker guys). It had a Arabian theme and was really nice. The food was great and I even smoked my first Hooka... which is pretty much just flavored air, so don't worry mom. However, I was super tired after the week of parting and ended up being a party crasher by falling alseep on the couch... it was 1:30 in the morning.

Sunday, we decided that it was just too hard to stay in Managua anymore so we packed up our stuff and headed out. Thom loved the hammock we gave them, at least he acted like he did. Then when he gave us a ride to the bus stop, we quickly jumped on a bus and were gone. Erin, Thom and Alison (Erin's sister who gave me the connections)... THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! You all will always have a place to stay where ever I end up in the world.
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erinkaye4 on

nica friends
Love the detailed commentary about your travels through Nicaragua. Glad to hear you & Ben/Bex enjoyed your time in Managua with us. The hammock has been put to good use - ¡gracias!

Erin & Thom

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