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Old 04-26-2013, 07:21 PM   #33
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Nica Pt 7: Leon and On

I took a Collectivo from Grenada to Managua and then a taxi to Salvador's. Grabbed the bike and then headed west-ish to Leon.

I made it there and got a bed at Hostel Lazy Bones

I went out for a couple beers and got a burger from a street vendor. I think the kid was drunk. He was laughing and bouncing around the whole time for no reason and dumped a
massive quantity of
ketchup on it. I literally had to scrap most of it off with a paper plate before it was remotely edible.

The next day I woke up not feeling too well but still went Volcano Sledding. We drove from Leon and hiked up a volcano.

I was getting sick so I didn't jump.

Our sledding outfits

And what it looks like going down the volcano at 30 mph

I got back to Leon just in time to get violent food poisoning from the street burger. Only later did people tell me that Gringos should not eat the street food in Leon.
I was sick from mid day Saturday until Tuesday evening. Fortunately a couple nice Dutch girls took care of me and brought me water and juice.
By Tuesday I was feeling better and ravenous since I hadn't had any solid food since Sat AM so I took us out to steaks. It's hard not to eat a lot of Filet Mignon when they're US $10.
Leon was a pretty city and much less touristy than Grenada. You could walk a few blocks from the Center, which I did, and you were in the real city where the locals lived.

I went to an interesting insect museum. The bugs were massive so I've included my hand so you can get the proper perspective.

I took some new French friends advice and rode out to the beach at Las Penitas. I stayed at an unremarkable guest house. When I arrived the tide was out

And then it came back in.

There's big surf on the west coast of Nicaragua. A lot of it is still undiscovered

And the crazy French guy from the gang I'd met in Leon

And that's it for Nicaragua this time. My old friend who is now my business partner is developing 2000 acres there as a resort and eco-park and I may be picking up a light airplane to fly him around a bit. I might even finally get my float plane rating.

Goodbye Nicaragua. You were my favorite country of this trip. See you soon.
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