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November 7th, 2008 – by: lrecht
So today we head off to Masaya and then Managua to send Cathy and Robb back home to the girls and us off to Little Corn Island for some overdue R&R. We cooked a huge breakfast in the casita and then decided to just hang at the swimming pool and enjoy the nice weather and laid back atmosphere instead of tromping around town again. As you can see from the picture, Robb was thoroughly enjoying the warmth and sunshine of San Juan del Sur while the rest of us frolicked around in the pool.
We ultimately opted to take a somewhat expensive private taxi to Masaya Market and then on to Managua deeming that a lot easier than multiple buses or whatnot and were picked up at the Villas in a tiny little car with a nervous driver who spoke very little English.
The drive to Masaya wasn’t all that long - maybe 90 minutes or something and we stopped in a rainy, dirt parking lot to wander around the market. The parking lot was jammed and incredibly tight with our driver requiring the help of several guys to safely squeeze his little car in between trucks, buses, cars and horses. This was definitely a locals market, not too touristy, and had the most bizarre collection of stuff you could imagine (such as the stuffed chickens in the picture). Lots and lots of Jesus oriented, tacky wall hangings and stuff but nothing that really interested Cindy so we neglected to invest in any handicrafts.
Robb did decide to sample some of the fare and ended up getting some tasty pork tacos - unfortunately, I was uncharacteristically not up for them since I was still feeling somewhat ill.
Traffic in Managua was pretty bad and our bad driver, being a good Nicaraguan country boy, was totally freaked out about driving through it while trying to find the hotel and avoid hitting all the little kids begging. We had heard that Managua was none to nice and it became apparent as soon as we got into town.
Robb and Cathy were duly impressed by the upgrades afforded by my Diamond status with the Hilton and, after cleaning up, we went into happy hour in the executive lounge which was full blown appetizers and cocktails and put a big smile on Robb’s face. After a few cocktails, we decided to venture out for dinner to a local place just across the street (since everyone told us not to walk far for safety reasons) called La Negra something or another.
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