April 17th, On the way to Masaya, Granada
We are heading to a more touristy place. Can’t wait. I just might meet cute girls [spoiler: none!].
Speaking of that, meet my “condom”. You buy a bottle of Pepsi in a glass bottle. They show it to you and then pour it into a plastic bag with ice. Bottles are expensive! LOL
Bar on top of a mountain (volcano). Now, this is life.
Trash everywhere on the side of the road. Too bad I didn’t have a chance to take better photos so you could see how much of there really is…
This is supposed to be full of tourists.
Just sleeping, don’t think anything of it.
First [and only] souvenir store. Nothing that actually catches my eye. Quote boring, actually.
I like watching locals more.
Shoes on electric wires…. That’s got to be some Americans! This is the first and the only time I’ve seen this here. Gang signs :-)
Germans. Why here? Why not?!
Just taking a nap, a weary traveler, think nothing of it.
More tourists. These are Americans. I say “Hello” and they jump away — they’re been instructed not to leave their group and not to talk to anyone. LOL. Americans…
Fat? Pregnant? Who knows… Who cares!
I keep forgetting to take pics of the cigarette-burned table cloths. It’s like this everywhere. I mean at every restaurant…
Where is USA? Aha! Think again. Not so much US-friendly :-)
Aha, a liquor store. Local been (Taña, Victoria) are 1/2 the price of everything else.
First and only laundromat I’ve seen. Nice!
I see, only in this town, signs on the buildings identifying the owners.
Mr. and Mrs. Garcia live here.
You like the beach? Care to take a swim?
The city is trying to fancy itself up. Right next to the tires in the water.
Friendly guards with guns.
This hand-cracked stones are used for hand-made sidewalks.
Like this one. All done by hand. No machines.
Food here, I suppose?
The little girl is sorting through trash and bringing “good things” back to her mom.
See what I mean?
500 or-so km away and the food is? Same!
April 18th, On the way to San Juan del Sur
I think my favorite beaches in Nicaragua [so-far].
See the different napkins? Every place is different.
Wind power! But they have no other power and the city needs it.
Tourists. Lovely. No speak English :(
I remind myself of that Prodigy guy here.
I found an iPhone prototype! LOL
For sale. ~$100k. Let’s do it?!
Coconut oil. So I can sunburn in style :)
There is a little “house” at the bottom of the status and it looks like someone lives there. Hmm…
Awesome villa, eh?
So this truck states that they travel the planet for National Geographic. Let’s check out this site together. Oh-so-very-lame. Bleh. I think you’re getting a better tour here than what they do. But, OK.
I could live here.
April 19th, On the way to Ometepe
Saying Bye to my fav beach [spoiler: we’ll be back], let’s move elsewhere again!
Oh, I have so many stories about this…. They are more personal. Basically, my advice for you is to get a guide at this point. Everything is bribes and bribes and bribes over. $5 here and $5 there. You cannot more an inch without bribing someone. Great.
We’re done bribing and are loading up on the boat, trying to cross to the island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua.
And here is where we are headed to.
For improved satellite reception which is, anyway, non-existent.
Monkeys! The sounds they make!! Whoof…
A horse? Why not?
Oh, we’ve arrived at some super-natural bath. Supposed to heal me for the rest of eternity.
Avocados? I thought I could only get them at Trader Joe’s ;-)
We’re next to a swamp.
Sure beats my office!
This is 3-4 km from the car. Long journey to get here. Tired.
WATER! FRESH WATER!
The only photo of us with our car. Expensive rental but worth every penny!
And the only place in Nicaragua that separates recycling.
There birds are hungry, too.
Lovely, isn’t it?
April 20th, On the way out
We take the last shots of 18-year-old rum. Sigh. Everything comes to an end. This was a wonderful vacation but we still have tomorrow! And then the travel back and my lecture and work and students and paper and two proposals and … Am I getting carried away again?! :)
Aha! Tourists! Chubby American girls.
Russian car from the 80s! :-)
We’re back to our favorite beach. We’ll spend the day here and go to the airport.
I’m just a little red, huh? Decided to “get some color” on the last day. Bad idea. But, oh well.
Accident on the road.
Well, what can I say?
I was pleasantly surprised by the country. Nicaragua is nothing like what I had expected. People are very friendly. Prices are very low. There is no hot water anywhere but I don’t really need it, just brush my teeth and go dunk in the lake or the ocean.
We’ve only seen 1/2 of the country but that is more than enough for me to form an opinion and a very positive opinion. I think this is a great vacation stop if you like adventure. If you are more into all-inclusive friend-food fattening trip with mimosas and fat American girls… Nicaragua is definitely not for you. If, however, you are interested in immersing yourself in a culture you have not really seen before… Well, this is definitely the place.
Next time I will not be as cautious and will bring my good camera so I can show you more of what this place is like.
My only piece of advice? Bring a significant other. There is absolutely no way you are meeting girls [or boys] here that are anything better than an average blah nerdy something back home. Otherwise, this is one of my favorite countries for a vacation.
Special thanks go to Eugene and Anastasiia for dragging my butt over to this trip and convincing me that taking a break from work is important. Guess what happened while I was gone…. Nothing! Work can take a break for a week. Really. Truly. Yes!