...and taking medicine until now as result
02.09.2009 - 21.09.2009
Another wired border crossing
We decided to go from Guatemala to Nicaragua in one shot, not stopping in El Salvador or Honduras, what we would know will take time and will be quite adventurous. What we didn’t know, and found out only at the last minute was that the agency that sold us the regular bus ticket in fact sold us a “chicken bus” (imagine riding over 14 hours is an old American school bus, with room for your legs the size of 1st grade school kids legs and having to sit straight up all night and worry about your bags…), so we had to pay extra and take a regular one.
Well, crossing 4 countries in one night has its adventures as well, Some quick stories:
- As soon as we left Guatemala City, the bus crew distributed fake DVD’s to all the passengers (except us), in order to be able to go through customs freely. Every passenger got around 10 DVDs and gave back after Nicaraguan customs.
- Just after leaving the El Salvador border, an old lady (a passenger by the way) started to ask from each one of the passengers a US$1 per luggage to give to the customs officials. According to her, this should make them avoid searching the luggage. We’ve just pretended that we had no clue what she was saying…
- When we dropped off the bus in Leon, we were so glad to make it with no problem, just to realize that our camera (the survivor from the “tale of the 3 cameras”) and Shiri’s iPod were stolen from her handbag….. taking a cheap regular bus instead of a fancy tourist bus can cost you a lot more sometimes
Deciding not to let the robbery drag us down, we very fast found out that Leon has to offer: some small and not well kept colonial building and churches plus a chain of 5 volcanoes, from which the youngest one, Cerro Negro (only 158 years old!), is also the most active one in Central America.
Church in Leon
Next day we went to what was supposed to be the highlight of Nicaragua: Volcano boarding. We would climb up Cerro Negro and slide down on a small wooden board, and we just saw in the GH that people can reach up to 80km/h on that way down!
Cerro Negro volcano crater
We climbed the volcano (by the way not an easy climb – walking over volcanic rocks holding the board, fighting the wind and heat…), took some pictures and went down….and so everything started…. Shiri lost control of her board at 62km/h (almost a record for women) and it hit a rock, was thrown up in the air and off from the board and landed on the floor (better saying volcano rocks). Result: She had all her right upper back and arm aching and some numbness feeling in the fingers. We’ve been at the doctor that gave her some medicine and asked for resting. So we moved to a GH with swimming pool where we could rest and do nothing for a week…
The “Before picture” - we are the second and third from the left. Thinking back, a long sleeve suite and a pair of snorkeling goggles are not really going to protect you at 60 km/h crashes…
The “After picture” – hanging out at the pool, waiting for the medication to kick in
Nicaragua independence parade, for 2 weeks, everyday, twice a day a different school would march up our street with their drums and trumpets. And if that’s nt enough to disturb your rest (doctors order!), everyday at 4:20 a.m. and 5 p.m. fireworks and church bells would go on reminding you to celebrate it….By the way, fireworks in central America are all about the sound effect, nothing to see. Is it just a matter of budget or don’t they know about the good fireworks?
San Juan Del Sur
After a week (almost) without leaving the GH in Leon, we decided to move to the small village of San Juan Del Sur, where we could change the atmosphere and go to the beach as well, and I (Andre) could take some surf lessons
The sunset in SJ is so gorgeous that we couldn’t stop taking pictures
Football match at the sunset
Ok, not a big wave but for the first day is great just to stand on the board!!!!!
The 2 volcanoes seen from the ferry
The isla Ometepe is an incredible island in an “8” shape with 2 volcanoes, one in each side of the 8! Ah! We almost forgot to say that the island is situated in a lake (Nicaragua lake) that should contain some sharks!
One of the volcanoes in Ometepe
Charco verde, a small protected area with really nice fauna and flora
Ok, another sunset picture…. This one from the punta Jusus Maria – a small starch of land going inside the lake (what a name….)
One really strange (and now funny) thing that happened there is while we were on our siesta before dinner, a group of young men threw through our window a piece of wood shaped like a dick. Latter on they continue throwing some more wood (not shaped) until we closed the window. When we tried to find the GH owner to change room, we saw a policeman, so we gave him the “dick-shaped-wood” and complained about the guys. The policeman didn’t know what to do and went back and forward with the “dick-shaped-wood” in his hands…. Probably the gift is still in the local police office
Inside a chicken bus, the only part of the drivers window that doesn’t have a religious sticker is broken….
Women washing clothes in the lake