Leon... A real city, and lot's of churches
Leon Travel Blog› entry 19 of 37 › view all entries
June 16th, 2007 – by: gopackjo
The first thing I did today when I woke up in Leon was figuring out how I was going to move on in a few days. I figured out that I would stay in Leon for three nights. So I needed to find a way to move on to El Salvador on Monday. I was unable to find a travel agency where anybody spoke English near the hotel, but I was able to figure out that Tica Bus no longer rolls through Leon. In order to take Tica Bus I would have to find my own transportation back to Managua at about 3am. This sounded expensive because I would likely have to hire my own taxi.
I was able to find an 'Excursion Bus' that left directly from Leon on the way to Guatemala City. The bus left Leon at 11am, so it would put me in San Salvador at about 9pm.
I then set off to check out Leon. Leon is the former capital of Nicaragua, and has always had a ideological rivalry with Granada.
Leon did not seem to be overrun by tourists either. The Parque Central was practically deserted compared to the one in Granada, and English was certainly not as prevalent. In this way Leon seemed much more like a 'typical' Nicaraguan city. There are a good number of hotels in all price ranges, and some decent tourist infrastructure in place. I could certainly see that Leon would be a great place to take one of those Spanish language immersion courses where the object is to hear as little English as possible. The trick with one of these courses is to find a place where there is less English spoken, but that you would not be bored out of your skull.
Anyhow, today was quite mellow. Leon is blazingly hot, and there was no breeze today, so I 'investigated' the few areas with air conditioning longer then other places. The grocery store was one of my favorite places, and I love to explore what a normal Leon citizen has to deal with on a day-to-day basis.
Tomorrow I think I'll head to the beach.
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