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Apr 8, 2010 - Granada

The overnite at Crater's Edge Hostel was great fun and relaxing...met some very interesting folks, two were IT, one was a mathemetician who had developed a software program 17 yrs ago that is unique in what it does so has been w/ the same software company in Canada the whole time. Getting a bit burned out sitting 80% of his time in front of a computer screen! Would like to go into teaching. The other is a young 20-something who does programming/stuff (would´n't say exaxtly) for Facebook/UTube/etc as a contractor for different employers. Has...

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Apr 7, 2010 - Laguna de Apoyo, Crater's Edge Hostel

Oasis Hostel offers a shuttle to this hostel (Crater's Edge Hostel)where we can stay the day returning at 4pm or overnite and return 24 hrs later...we opt for the latter since it is only $3 US more and we can leave most of our stuff at Oasis w/ just daypacks going with. Swimming, Chatting, Laid Back Time...see pics Since kayaks are free to use, Bon and I get up/out early before too much wave action and paddle down the way and back...very scenic coastline, nothing built on the opposite shore so the view is pristine. A massage by a blind...

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Feb 12, 2009 - Granada and Massaya

This morning we got up early so we could try out Kathy´s waffle house. It´s funny as on Ometepe they had tried to translate the menu and waffles were muffles, honey was money, etc... so now we all refer to waffles as muffles. Our hostel is really quaint. We have kitchen access after they´ve finished serving breakfast so John´s cooking dinner tonight. We just left him chopping tomatoes and he insisted he didn´t need help. There are clotheslines strung all over the place so we did some laundry in the sink and hung it out to dry. Since it´s...

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Feb 9, 2009 - Ometepe, Nicaragua

We left rainy, miserable Monteverde early in a hotel van. Costa Rica has one good road, the Pan American highway. For the rest, they´re like our green roads so it´s always an adventure when you drive anywhere. 4 hours later we approach the border to Nicaragua where we´re left by the van and surrounded by men wanting us to exchange our colones for cordovas. We´re in luck as there´s not much of a line up to pick up our visas and stamp our passports. Next we walk across the border, hand in the visas, have our stamps checked and carry on. Here...

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Jan 23, 2009 - Exploring Isla Ometepic, Nicaragua

Isla Ometepic is an island within Lake Nicaragua that was formed when two volcanoes rose out of the lake. There are roughly 45,000 people living on the island and it was touted as a very interesting place to explore. The ferry dock was just a down the road from our hotel so we decided to give it a try on the 9:00 AM ferry. We have never had a problem getting on a ferry at the last minute anywhere with the motorcycle; it seems there is always a spot in a corner somewhere. This was not the case today. The ferry is very small and they had some...

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Jan 12, 2009 - Second Day At Lake Apoyo

Our second morning at Lake Apoyo, after partying with 2 newlywed Isralies and 2 teens who were there for Spanish classes, our morning must be early up and about to take advantage of the ¨mandatory¨ buffet breakfast....we were not planning on eating lunch but taking advantage of the dinners. Dinners are held under the full moonlight, shared tables and more conversation. A group of 14 college students from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania livened up the place. After sitting on an innertube to the floating dock, in the "healing waters" of...

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On the Road 2009

Jan 11, 2009 - Crater's Edge Lodge, Lake Apoyo

A shuttle van picked us up in Granada for the 35-minute ride to Lake Apoyo. It is much cooler out here at the lake and our accommodations couldn´t be nicer. We are staying at Crater´s Edge Resort in the same room that we had last year. The owner, Ann Thorne, is from Vancouver and is a wonderful host. We had a box lunch served in a basket on a banana leaf. At the beach bar the Toña beer was cold and the breeze was strong. We met the other guests who are spending the night and we will all meet for dinner at 6:30. Tonight we are having...

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On the Road 2009

Dec 30, 2008 - Ometepe Island, Lake Nicaragua

The travel day to Ometepe was quite the event. In the moring we hopped into cabs which took us to the bus station on the other side of Granada. When we got out of the cabs people tried to take our bags from the trunk to throw on the chicken bus to rivas...but we stopped them because we had to wait for the rest of our group(only 4 ppl to a cab ). After evryone got there we hopped onto the bus to Rivas (the port town for the ferry to ometepe). There was a seat in the back of the bus that had been taken out to make for more standing room so I...

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X-mass 2008/2009

Jun 3, 2008 - Ometepe, Nicaragua

Left Granada today and took a long bus ride and a ferry to Ometepe island, Nicaragua. I have to say that I wasn't really impressed because it was in the middle of nowhere, it was dirty, very rural and full of flies and mosquitos. We arrived and checked into the hotel. Lake Nicaragua is impressive and is the largest in Central America. It is the only freshwater lake in the world that has bullsharks. The beach in front of the hotel that goes to the lake had black sand, which was pretty cool. The lake is so big, there are even waves...just...

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Apr 14, 2008 - Ometepe Island

We leave early for the long ride along the dirt roads of the Costa Rican mountains, through Liberia, then onto the Ncaraguan border. Our transport does not cross the border, so we have to all bail, gather our items and walk through the chain fence onto Nicaraguan soil. Our leader Steve, took all our passports and went to customs to get us all across the border. While he did this we all haggled with the dollar exchange vendors for the best price, and avoided the local children offering grass made nic nacs for money. After all our passports...

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Jan 14, 2008 - This is the real deal

Its official, I am completely sold on Nicaragua! It is an awesome country. I would say out of everywhere I have ever traveled it is the least touristy experience I have had and I love it....iloveit iloveit iloveit! Since it isnt a very developed country they havent formed tourist trap markets and culture shows like in most countries you visit. As such everywhere we go seems to be so REAL. Its just the type of authentic cultural experience that you look for (...or at least I look for) when traveling. Today 6 of us ventured out on a tour...

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Dec 31, 2007 - Ometepe Island / Lake Nicaragua

Pittig dagje achter de rug. Eerst een uur of 5 in de bus richting grensovergang. Daar aangekomen mochten we eindelijk de bus uit, lekker de benen strekken. Backpacks op en aansluiten in de rij voor de stempel om uit Costa Rica te komen. Dat gebeurd, met backpacks en alle andere shit aan de wandeling richting de Grens met Nicaragua begonnen. Waarom die grensovergangen hier toch allemaal lopend moeten? Het gaat iedere keer om een pokke-eind, helemaal met die extra kilo's op je rug! Eindelijk aangekomen bij het stempelkantoor, duurde het daar...

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