Waking up in Managua

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Getting breakfast

Next morning I woke up at 6 am local time. I have always found it difficult to sleep longer the first day after I travel this way, but it still means that I am getting close the local time in my system, so I am absolutely not complaining. I had slept quite okay even though I had to adjust the air-condition a couple times during the night.

Babs and I had agreed to meet at 8.30 in the morning, a ritual that would follow us during the entire trip. The day before we had felt that we were pretty alone in the hotel, because there was not much action in the hotel bar or the restaurant.

The breakfast at the hotel was surprisingly good and I was quite full after having fresh fruit and chef-made omelette. After the wonderful meal I felt pretty good, the sun was shining and I felt that we finally could start our trip 24 hours delayed.

Under buffet!!
We packed our stuff together and checked out in order to get across the street and back to the airport to pick up the rental car.

W quickly found our rental office and they were pretty fast and surprisingly organized. They called a car for us and it arrived 5 minutes later, it was a small 4x4. The 4x4 they brought us had no cover over the trunk so all our bags would be disposed and visual while we were parking. None of us like that idea, so we decided to downgrade the car to a Toyota Yaris, it would be smaller but at least it had a closed trunk so nobody could see our stuff when we parked.

Babs had visited Costa Rica the year before and there they stole all her stuff from the back of her 4x4, while she took shelter from the rain. For the moment changing the 4x4 to a small closed car made sense but we had to find out of the consequences of this decision later; if there would be any 

First goal of the day was to find out of Managua city and head for Granada.

A dance floor for the ball
This turned out to be less simple than anticipated, because roads signs were almost non-existent, and the city is a mess of an infrastructure; you have cars, noises and people everywhere.

Managua is a really messy city; street vendors are crawling all over you all the time and all the tricks in the book is allowed and used. The city gives you an impression that is not going to last as anything positive. We had no plans of staying there longer than necessary and everybody I had talked to prior to my trip had told me to avoid it.

First we started by trying to manage by our map and road signs; this turned quickly out to be impossible. We had to ask around a couple of times before finding the way and even then it went bad, because people in the city didn’t even know the way out.

Tropic green for the first time
We had to break our question up in smaller pieces and not asking for the direction all the way to Granada.

We finally found the road to Granada and as soon as we got out of the city centre the tempo and the scene changed dramatically. There were much more air and it became cleaner at we could see the landscape and the contour of the first Volcano. 

Just before Masaya the police pulled us over to the side of the road. I could not stop laughing; we had been driving for less than 40 minutes and then the bribe seekers were standing there. I had been driving very slow, compared to the other cars that passed me all the time, because I had an urge to see the landscape and secondly because I could anticipate the situation, we were in, would happen.

Inside the hotel

I was driving slow keeping the speed limit and I even had two trucks passing me just before I got pulled over to the side. The police told me that I had not respected the speed limit and I had to pay 20 dollars. I smiled and handed over the papers from the car and my drives license. He had never had anything to measure the speed with and just wanted some money.

I was absolutely not in the mood of paying 20 dollars after 40 minutes on the road in Nicaragua, so I just smiled and refused. The first policeman gave up due to my poor Spanish and a second one with limited English but a much more friendly face appeared in the window with my papers. I tried to smile as much as possible and state that we actually were passed by two trucks when we were supposed to speeding. He finally gave up and let us drive on.

Chokk says:
Jeg er meget enig med dig - vi holdt os væk fra Managua, men kørte dog igennem et par gange.
Posted on: Jan 25, 2011
Stigen says:
Managua er ikke min favoritt by , ikke så altfor mye å se der...likte Ometepe mye bedre !
Posted on: Jan 25, 2011
montecarlostar says:
Speeding fines in Nicaragua? You have to be kidding me. Obviously the guy wanted money. Good that you didn't make his day!
Posted on: May 26, 2010
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Getting breakfast
Getting breakfast
Under buffet!!
Under buffet!!
A dance floor for the ball
A dance floor for the ball
Tropic green for the first time
Tropic green for the first time
Inside the hotel
Inside the hotel
Inside the hotel
Inside the hotel
Green garden
Green garden
A new buddha
A new buddha
Babs trying to find her room
Babs trying to find her room
The hotel garden
The hotel garden
Managua Airport
Managua Airport
First colours of Nicaragua
First colours of Nicaragua
Running for a rental car
Running for a rental car
Airport construction
Airport construction
The airport
The airport
Sandino Airport
Sandino Airport
The dead and the alive head
The dead and the alive head
Sandino
Sandino
The departure and arrival area
The departure and arrival area
Our hotel
Our hotel
First gas station to get cold drin…
First gas station to get cold dri…
Our Yaris
Our Yaris
Huge gasstation
Huge gasstation
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