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Jul 20, 2005 - Across the Sweet Sea

Sunday 17.07.05 Amid grumblings from our fellow travelling buddies (Stephane was robbed the night before) most of us left San Juan del Sur. Me, Eleanor and Stephanie took our time though, nursing hangovers, so it was the afternoon before we got moving. We crossed the narrow strip of land between the Pacific Ocean and Lago de Nicaragua to catch a boat across to Isla de Ometepe, in the middle of the lake, where we were to stay for a few days. We climbed aboard the painted pile of wood that was our boat, and it made its way slowly across the...

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Jul 17, 2005 - Isla de Ometepe... Je pense que je vais y rester une petite semaine !

4 heures de bateau pour parvenir à Altagracia, ville très rurale de l'Isla de Ometepe. Non pas que l'île soit loin... c'est plutôt le bateau qui est très très lent. On dort dans une petit auberge familiale (La Casa Ortiz, elle est pas dans les guides et c'est tant mieux !) très sympas. Ca ne fait pas très longtemps qu'ils ont ouvert... le seul moyen qu'ils ont de se faire connaitre : aller à la descente des bateaux et le bouche à oreilles. Je leur propose de leur montrer comment cuisiner le pain à la francaise _ c'est un petit dej propose...

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Lenalatina 2005

Jun 26, 2005 - Isla de Ometepe

Ometepe looks like one of Madonna's bras floating in Lake Nicuragua. Made up of two active volcanos, it's an amazing little oasis of wildlife, verdant greenery and every backpacker in Nicuragua. There were 6 Australians just at the hostel where we stayed! Still, it manages to retain a feeling of isolation and relaxation, and is one of the few places in Nicaragua where environmental awareness was evident amongst the local population. It's no wonder everyone goes there, it has so much to do in such a small area ' swimming in the lake,...

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London the Long Way

May 14, 2005 - Nicaragua - Isla de Ometepe

Isla de Ometepe a Nicaragua-tavon csucsosodik ki, azaz csucsosodnak ki. Mivel ket vulkan alkotja a szigetet a to kozepen. Anno ket kulonallo vulkan szigetek voltak, de annyira megnottek, hogy osszenottek. Reggel sikerult koran elindulnom Granadabol igy hamar megirkeztem a kikotohoz. Egy rozzant fabarkan athajokaztam a szigetere, kozben megismerkedtem egy amcsival, o is rogot akart berelni. Kb. 1 ora lehetett mikor megerkeztunk, tuzo napsutes, harmincvalahany fok es iszonyat paratartalom. Kb. fel orat keresgeltunk rogobot mindhiaba, de vegul...

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Apr 3, 2005 - Ometepe

Ometepe is an island in Lake Nicaragua, made up from two volcanoes side by side. The lake itself is famous for having the world's only freshwater population of bull sharks. But they've been horribly overfished so on the way over all I really had to worry about was drowning rather then being eaten. Actually it was quite fun. There was a stiff breeze from the northeast and a swell of a metre or so which had our little ferry bouncing around like a cork. Lake water slopped in at the sides and swilled around our feet and some of the girls...

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Ruth on the road

Jan 3, 2005 - Ometepe

After a sad farewell to Granada, Nicaragua, we set out to explore the island of Ometepe. "Ometepe" literally means "two hills," and the island consists of two grand volcanos, Concepcion, and Madera, with communities settled at each of their bases. The volcanos are inactive, but it is quite a sight, to see these two ominous peaks looming over life below, knowing the devestation that could ensue if either erupted. As with most of our travel experiences, we set out for Ometepe without fully knowing what our modes of transportation would be...

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Dec 26, 2004 - Nicarugua - San Juan Del Sur

Boxing day and we are firmly ensconsed on the beach at San Juan till sun down and then an evening of lobster and a few too many cocktails. Next day and we are off to the pharmacy to see why Dodley looks like a Dalmatian (no not the droopy eyes...the spots...I have counted up to 120 and lost interest, I mean count!!!

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Dec 23, 2004 - Nicaragua - Isle de Ometepe

Christmas eve was spent watching the locals enjoy their fiesta which involved copious amounts of alcohol and then seeing how long they could stay on the bulls, whilst their compatriots would wave bits of red cloth at the bull with fairly predictable results and not without injury!

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Dec 13, 2004 - The Twin Volcanoes... Isla de Ometepe

From San Juan del Sur we headed through Rivas on route to Isla de Ometepe. We instantly fell in love with this simple island. We traveled through many small villages, staying in simple hostel/hotels along the way. We started in the largest town of Moyogalpa and made our way through Chaco Verde to Merida. In Merida we stayed at Playa Volcan, a very rustic hostel made up of thatched roofed buildings. It was so rustic, in fact, that Emo was rudely awoken by a scorpion and had the pleasure of being stung three times before ridding his bed of...

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Dec 6, 2004 - Sun, Sand, Surfing and Sunsets

San Juan del Sur, (Pacific Coast) Nicaragua What can be said about paradise? With our newest member, Steph, our voyage continues. Over the past 9 days we have been travelling up and down the Pacific coast of Nicaragua spending our days on beaches and our nights, well, also on beaches. After celebrating our Welsh friend, Charly´s birthday in San Juan del Sur... which involved a piñata, Flor de Caña and a big stick... we made our way south, on bikes, with the intent of staying at Playa Yankè. Although we ignored them, the warning against...

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Nov 21, 2004 - San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

After four buses, one taxi, one border crossing and nine hours travelling today I make it to San Juan Del Sur or Saint John of the South for the english speakers. After checking into my salubrious $3 a night hostel I even made it to the beach to enjoy me first sunset over the pacific ocean with a cerveza in hand.

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Nov 12, 2004 - San Juan del Sur (Nicaragua)

Am Sonntag, 7. November bin ich sicher in San Juan del Sur angekommen. Die Fahrt mit dem Bus hierhin war einigermassen angenehm (da sehr heiss, viel Gepaeck und Sonnenbrand vom Samstag...). Wie in den Reisefuehrern empfohlen wollte auch ich meine restlichen costaricanischen Colones in nicaraguanische Cordobas an der Grenze umtauschen. Dort warten jeweils einige dutzend "Geldverkaeufer" auf ihre Kunden und umwerben diese wie wild. Da kam es mir doch gerade gelegen, dass ein "Geldumtauscher" bereits im Bus sas und Cordobas verkaufte. Vor mir...

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