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The traveller sees what he sees; the tripper sees what he has come to see. – G. K. Chesterton

The Crater Good

April 30, 2013
by Tina
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León and Granada, Nicaragua – From Maltagalpa we took the bus down to León. León was hot – we’d heard it was hot from other tourists we’d met in Honduras who where traveling north, and they weren’t kidding. It hit us like a brick when we got off the bus and we had a very sweaty walk to our hostel, Lazy Bones. We were pleased that the Lazy Bones had a pool and hammocks – there were definitely some lazy afternoons in our future.

The cathedral in Leon.

The cathedral in Leon.

We spent our mornings in Leon touring the sights around the city, a few churches, a roof tour of the Cathedral, a so-so art museum and the Heroes and Martyrs museum, which was a bunch of mug shots of Sandinistas taken during the war. It was morbid and haunting – most of solders looked like little boys. As a tourist it’s hard to see that many of the countries we visited were so recently involved in horrific revolutions and civil wars. This exhibit – though simple – really brought that home for us. Some of these guys are probably our taxi cab drivers, waiters, hotel staff or the shoe shiners in the park.

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The Nica Games

April 21, 2013
by Tina
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Somoto, Esteli, and Miraflor, Nicaragua – I hadn’t really thought much about Nicaragua before we traveled to Central America. In fact, when looking at my 1,000 Places to See Before You Die book before we left on our trip, I forgot to write down anything about Nicaragua. But, when I finally looked through the Lonely Planet, I got excited for all the cool things that there were to do there. There were highland towns, Caribbean islands, colonial cities, volcanoes, lake islands and jungle rivers. Cool!

Working our way through the Somoto canyon.

Working our way through the Somoto canyon.

We started our journey into Nicaragua in a small town called Somoto. The town wasn’t much, but there was a canyon nearby which was supposed to be really pretty. The hotel owner told us that we could eat breakfast at the hotel at seven the next morning and the guy who does tours would come by and arrange our canyon tour while we ate.

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The Gracias is Usually Greener

April 12, 2013
by Tina
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Gracias and Southeastern Honduras – Our next destination in Honduras was a town called Gracias. The name made for some interesting exchanges with the bus staff. We thanked the guy who loaded our bags into the luggage compartment, “Gracias!”, “Sí, tomar el autobús a Gracias”. When we got off the bus in Santa Rosa de Copan we thanked the bus driver, “Gracias”. “Sí, el bus de Gracias está allí.”

Gracias is a medium sized town with some charm and a couple nearby attractions – just enough to do to make it worth the visit, but quiet enough that we didn’t feel guilty spending some time there just relaxing in hammocks and reading. It was starting to get hot enough that we had to implement the afternoon siesta – the heat of the day just made it too hard to be really active.

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Honduras Is For The Birds

April 7, 2013
by Tina
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Lago de Yojoa and Copán Ruinas, Honduras – Because we had to stay an extra day in Roatan, we had a long day of travel ahead of us to get to Lago de Yojoa. We heard that because of Semana Santa the ferry was going to be crowded so we arranged for a taxi driver to pick us up a 5:30am to take us to the ferry dock. We figured we’d get to the dock at 6am, plenty of time to make the 7am ferry. We’d learned that Central Americans don’t really show up early, so we’d be sure and beat the crowds.

Looking out over Lago de Yojoa.

Looking out over Lago de Yojoa.

Of course when we pulled up to the terminal it was packed. Tons of people were pouring out of taxis into the long lines to buy tickets. I started to get anxious – did we misjudge this? Thankfully, the lines moved fast and we bought tickets for the 7am ferry, phew. It wasn’t even 6 yet and they started loading a ferry so we got on it and surprisingly it left at 6. I guess they changed the schedule to accomodate the crowds – so there was a ferry at 6 and 7:30. How everyone knew this, I have no idea. When I bought tickets for 7, the woman who sold them to me didn’t say anything or correct me. We were supper happy to get a jump start on our travel since we had a long way to go and we knew the busses would be crowded.

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