Arriving back in Managua.
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Our plane arrives at the Managua airport and after getting off the plane our bags are gradually brought off the plane, one by one, to be claimed by the stubs of our baggage claim ticket. We are going to stay in The Hotel Camino Real which is located close by the airport and offers a free shuttle bus to and from the airport. We had seen the driver at the airport on our other trips to the airport so we figured it would be no problem to get our ride. I eventually find the bus in the parking lot and then the driver.
While we were away there was a big swine flu scare in Mexico and it seems like a lot of people at the airport are wearing face masks to prevent against infection.
The ride over to the Hotel Camino Real was painless and simple and once we go ther we found out that the King sized bed that we had made a reservation for was not available. This was nothing new to us as we had not gotten any of the reservations to go our way the whole trip. We were hoping for a room with just one big bed but what we got was a room with two queen sized beds which turned out Ok anyway. The hotel is in a neighborhood near the airport with nothing really of interest too nearby. We had planned on coming back to Managua on the evening flight, staying the night and flying out early the next morning.
Our first stop was at the La Colonial grocery store. We wanted to stock up on Lizano salsa to bring home. We got 3 bottles of the stuff to bring home with us. We also found some great flavors of Tang drink mix to mix in our bottled water and to bring home with us. The store is one of the top of the line grocery stores in Nicaragua and is like a typical american chain store but with culturaly diferent items.
Next stop is Roberto Huembes Market. It is a huge street market covering over 10 city blocks that sells just about anything that you would need, like clothing, furniture, tourist trinkets and food stalls. We start by wanderng the tourist trinket aisles looking for some cool looking pottery candle houses that we had seen at our hotel on Little Corn Island. We also saw some interesting paintings of native scenes. We are getting hungry so we head over to the food part of the market. It is a Saturday and the food area is packed with locals drinking beer and hanging out. We find a sunny cafe area and get some things to eat. We try some fried cheese, some pancakes rolled with cheese and honey and some fried chicken. The vendor heats it up some more and brings it over to a table we were at in the busy market.
Back out in the market we find the candle lights we were looking for and a few other trinkets and head back to our taxi driver.
Back at the hotel we relax in our comfortable room which has nice furniture, satelite TV and air conditioning. We spent a few extra dollars on the room so we would have a comfortable place in the big city of Managua. (see review below) For dinner we go to the restaurant in the hotel which is really quite a nice place. It is not very busy even though the hotel appears to be quite full and there is nothing else nearby the hotel (and you wouldn't want to be walking around after dark out there anyway).
After dinner we went over to check out the casino which is attached to the Camino Real hotel. We had some extra change and we figured this would be a good place to get rid of it. The casino was really not all that much just one medim sized room with lots of slot machines a few roulette tables and a poker table or two.
Back in our room we relax and get to bed at a reasonable time sinse we have an early flight heading home in the morning.