Kayaking on Lake Nicaragua
Granada Travel Blog› entry 13 of 31 › view all entries
December 23rd, 2008 – by: mpope9
We made our way to Monkey island and watched the monkeys play down by the waters edge, coming up to the boats carrying tourists. We then made our way to another island with a restaurant/bar for a much deserved rest and drink. One coke later, and we were back on the water, paddling off to the old Spanish fort, which apparently the Brits claimed!!! (WOOO us Brits)! Again taking the obligatory group photos, looking around and the girls being given a local "magic" flower we got back in the kayaks and headed back to shore.
We got back, had a splash and dash shower and all went to the Art Market in Masaya; as we were going to be all together for Christmas we'd agreed to do Secret Santa, and all needed to do our shopping for this. Martin led us to the bus station, loaded us on, was assured by the bus driver that we'd be dropped in the centre of town, and off we went. Well what a suprise, we were dropped on the main road at the edge of town. Luckily Julie had her Lonely Planet so we were able to walk into town and find the Market, we agreed on an hours shopping and then we'd all meet to attempt to get the bus home again. An hour I thought, great I'd be done in 15 and could then grab a nice cold Tona beer.
WRONG! We had a budget of $5, which turned out to be very difficult to meet, plus buying for someone you don't know really well and of the opposite sex was puzzling me.
Upon all meeting, we tramped through town and made our way to the "bus station", essentially a large dirt field with a load of busses, people and all sorts in a massive jumble of noise and motion. It was insane!
We thought we'd just stand on the corner and hail down the next bus heading for Granada, this proved hilarious for the locals, seeing a bunch of "gringos" stood on the corner looking a bit sheepish, and indeed we got the highly orginal call of "hey gringo!". Eventually a Chicken bus pulled up, which we all looked at, and then looked at each other, and then looked back at the bus. It was crammed full, yet they still wanted us on it.
We got to Granada slightly thinner, but with a grin on my face and made our way back to the hotel, after a thoroughly eventful and enjoyable day. Looking forward to travelling to San Juan del Sur tomorrow and to the BEACH FOR CHRISTMAS!!!!!
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