A day in the cloud mountains
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We started off as any other day; Babs and had a meeting point at 8.30 am and it worked well for both of us so why change it. First goal this Sunday morning was to get some breakfast; Rincón don Chato seemed like a good place and it was just 500 meters down the road from where we stayed.
The town had been up a part of the night but anyway the shops were getting ready to meet the first customers. The street was full of clothing shops and these were the first to open; everywhere young girls were ready to receive their friends and customers. Most of the ones opening these shops were girls in late teens or early in the twenties. The music was on super high in order to attract people and the party from yesterday was starting all over.
In a place completely green and yellow we found the sign of Rincón don Chato, which was the place we had been looking for.
I wanted an omelette which almost never was on any menu I got for breakfast in Nicaragua but whenever I had ordered it in anyplace; they had all tasted like a million bucks.
The girl quickly understood that I was an omelette kind of guy and decided to give me what I wanted, on the side I order a fruit cocktail with mango and papaya. The omelette was a seventh heaven one with fresh vegetables and spicy pieces of chilli and the juice chilled and just asking for one more.
The breakfast came to us in the time you would expect for fresh made food and the price was far more than fair; plain cheap.
After this great breakfast we went for a walk in the centre of Matagalpa; the day before we had stayed near Parque Ruben Dario and close to our hotel. The city was quite lively and vivid in its expression. I felt that the city had a god feel and in retrospect I liked it much more than Estelí which in the books are mentioned as one of the better cities to visit.
We walked for some time and enjoyed the action surrounding the Cathedral and Parque Central. After some time we returned to the hotel and made ourselves ready for the drive of the day. First goal would be the coffee production in the small German enclave of Selva Negra, a visit to Jinotega and Lago de Apands.
I picked up the car at the parking and we filled the car with cold water and off we went.
The road towards Jinotega was better than we anticipated even though we started with road repair the first couple of kilometres. After driving 5-7 kilometres most of it going uphill we came to a road with brand new asphalt. I was laughing at all the bike riders grabbing the different busses but I could not blame them; the road was pretty steep the first many kilometres.
The landscape changed rapidly after some kilometres, the clouds were hanging low and many clouds were in direct contact with the green forest on the sides of the mountains. We drove for some 25 kilometres before we saw the sign of Selva Negra.