Adventures in Nicaragua - Managua, Nicaragua
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Nicaragua, land of volcanoes and lakes, and home of the FSLN!
We finally made it to Nicaragua, after a very LONG day of traveling. And we were sort of in a jam because we had hoped to make it to León before nightfall, but it just didn’t happen that way.
Instead we found ourselves in the border town of Guasaule, in the middle of nowhere.
And well, instead of risking it, we decided to set up camp there and continue the next morning. So now it was up to Arnaud to find us a place to stay! No probs though! Well, as far as accommodation was concerned!
So there we were, completely penniless, with only 1 lempira to our name (which is equivalent to less than a penny) and hungry, hungry, hungry!
The night before we’d spent the few remaining lempiras we had left on dinner; and mind you, lucky for us this awesome lady was nice enough to accept Honduran currency in her restaurant in Nicaragua!
It all sounds tough, but it actually all ended up working out perfectly because when it was time to get going, things couldn’t have gone better.
We got a ride right away, and even ended up meeting another great mister, who really took good care of us. Amazing to meet such generous people with such huge hearts . . . There are definitely angels watching over us!
Anyway, this guy not only drove us all the way to Managua, he even treated us to a nice hot meal . . . carne asada, at that! Been a while since we’ve had that, so gotta appreciate it!!
And even though the original plan was to go to León, going straight to Managua instead, couldn’t have worked out better for us!
During the whole ride, I was in awe at the beauty of Nicaragua's landscape.
On the other hand, one thing that was a bit disturbing was all the poverty we saw.
Nicaragua is the 2nd poorest country in the Americas, and it’s pretty obvious that it is. Kind of weird to have this stunning landscape and then see all these shacks all about.
So, we finally made it to Managua and again got door to door service. Our ride took us all the way to our host’s neighborhood, so that we wouldn’t have to lug our backpacks all over the capital. Perfect and hassle-free!
After a well-rested night, we set out for some sightseeing in Managua. Not sure how to feel about being back here, and faced with all the poverty around.
As we walked about downtown, trying to sightsee as best we could, we kept coming upon all sorts of alarming things. Perhaps a result of the country’s violent past, who knows? We came upon groups of people who had set up camp in a park, living in horrible conditions, in protest of the government and its policies.
Sad thing is that apparently they’ve been there for over 2 years now, and still nothing has been done to help these people. Maybe not a priority for the government.
So, we saw a bunch of things like this - political graffiti of all sorts . . . check out the photo with the Banana Monster and see if you can understand the message.
Besides the disturbing things we saw in town, Managua was quite safe. Los Nicaragüenses are very welcoming people, always willing to help out as best they could. Had a hard time understanding them and their accent, but overall had a fun time rediscovering it.