Morning in Managua...............

Managua Travel Blog

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Managua, Nicaragua: Sidewalk vendor.

Our flight was in the afternoon so we had another morning in Managua.   After another great breakfast at the hotel we went for another walk around the area.   We decided to head north this time to see what the big mall was like and check out the neighborhoods just north of our hotel that had hotels and restaurants.  We headed down the sidewalks on the main street heading to the mall.  It was the start of a hot day and we had to take our time or it was going to be hot.  The mall was OK.  A two story inside/outside style mall with covered walkways down the middle.  Nothing too exciting.  There were a couple of American brand stores like Benneton and a Radio Shack.

Managua, Nicaragua: One of the main streets in teh neighborhood.
  From there we walked over to a neighborhood where we had found a guide that said you could do a little walking tour of the city.

We started along the route and found a pharmacy where Julie wanted to buy some dramamine for the flight over to the Corn Islands.  None of the attendants in the pharmany spoke English but a boy working in the back was brought out to help with translating for what we were looking for.  We also got some cold medicine and the total for all that we got was like $1.25 dollars for about a dozen pills.  Medicine is cheap outside the United States!  No wonder our health care system is terrible.  From there we walked through some side streets that seemed a little quiet and seemed a little scary and you had to keep moving with a purpose so noone would think of messing with you.

Managua, Nicaragua: The Metro Center Mall.
  Eventually we stumbled apon a little market area where locals were selling things.  The market was complete with a DJ playing loud local music.  We eventually wound our way saely back to our hotel and decided it was time to think about heading to the airport.

We had seen some taxis at the mall and asked them how much they would charge for a trip to the airport.  After the extortionate prices that the people at our hotel wanted for their taxi drivers to drive us we figured we could save some money on the trip.  The hotel wanted $15 for their driver but our driver that we had found charged us only $10.  Big difference.  At the airport we check in at the La Costena counter.  We had heard that they weigh you and your bags and charge you if your bags are over the 30 pound limit.

  My bag comes out to 32 pounds and Julie's is 30 and we get through without being charged anything.

The domestic terminal is off to the side of the main terminal and we go back there to wait out the time till our flight arrives.  There is one gate for several flights and you need to pay attention to what is going on.  Our flight comes up and we go out and get on our plane.  The plane is an old square looking beast that looks like a shoe box with wings that seats about 50 passengers.  It looks rather old but I guess yopu have to assume that it makes this trip safely every day so there will be no problem.  Seating is first come first served so you can choose where you sit.  We choose a seat just forward of the wing for good views.  The plane is pretty much full with, most of the passengers looking like tourists............. (continued in next entry)

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