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So we had a first bad bus experience from Esteli to Leon. We boarded a microbus (basically a dodge caravan that they cram 15 people in) and waited for an hour before the bus filled up. Once we hit the road we quickly found out the bus driver was a lunatic (drove as fast as the bus would go, passed cars on both sides of the road, and dodged potholes at 120 like they traffic cones in a parking lot). He also ran the bus out of gas 50 minutes into the 3 hour ride. A seat belt would have provided some comfort but they´re not in vogue in central america.
Leon is another colonial city- but less tourists here than in Granada. We really liked it. More beautiful buildings and churches.
One night ( in the middle of the night) in this room we heard some rustling of plastic bags- I said it was only the fan blowing on one of the bags and we kept lying there- but the noise kept on and Wes got up to investigate and there was a huge toad or frog or something flopping around in the wastebasket.
It was HOT in Leon. The hottest city yet I think. So we beat the heat one day by going to a movie- the theatre in town was really nice. We paid just over $2 each to see the Da Vinci Code- it was in english all subtitled in spanish and with some lovely air conditioning. It was great! We have both gotten pretty sick of chicken with rice and beans and so have been on a pretty steady diet of pizza and icecream. Great. We were saying we could easily write a guidebook on central american pizza joints! What will we do when we get back home and have to cook for ourselves! Actually it will be pretty nice to cook something for ourselves at this point.
Our last morning in Leon we went to Cerro Negro volcano- It´s a small black sand volcano- only 600 and some metres high. We went on a tour where you climb the volcano and then ride this piece of plywood with a handle and a piece of kitchen laminette on the bottom down the side of the volcano! The volcano was great. We found out when we got there that it is actually a lot more active than we had thought. It has errupted about every 7 years for a while and we are now in its seventh year- it tends to errupt in the fall. Our crazy Australian guide said he plans on taking a vacation this fall and being nowhere near.
After exploring the volcano it was time to slide down. This we were told could take anywhere from 2-3 minutes at a safe, nonhospitalization speed- our guide had done it in 14 seconds! He also said that though it would be really stupid for any of us to do it- he was willing to give any of us a push start. There was no waiver signing on this tour- we were asking him about it and he was like- what´s anyone gonna do to me here! He kept telling us how they used to make the boards this or that way but had remodelled them cuz too many people ended up in the hospital! We wore some sweet goggles you could barely see out of and there were different tracks depending on how fast you wanted to go down.