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Dec 15, 2008 - Isla Ometepe, Nicaragua

December 15th, 2008 The ferry ride to Ometepe was interesting. I met a couple more cyclists on the ferry, I think they all attract one another, they see the helment and start talking bike talk. Anywho, there was a pair of guys who had started peddaling from British Columbia...craziness...and have made it all the way down to Nicaragua in about 4 months....more craziness. They were on a trip of a life time. Anywho, the ferry was divided into 2 parts, 1st class on top and 2nd class on the bottom. I was in 2nd class with the cyclists. The ride...

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Leslie's Trip South

Jun 3, 2008 - Lake Nicaragua and Ometepe

We set off from San Juan on a short journey to San Jorge from where we had a very pleasant ferry ride across lake Nicaragua (some 8,000km2 in size and home to the freshwater Bull shark) to reach the island of Ometepe, the largest freshwater island in the world comprising two volcanos. Our patience was tested by the final leg of the journey which took three buses and as many hours to cover the twenty miles or so to Merida at the opposite end of the island from the `port`. This was to set the theme for our stay on Ometepe as within the space...

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Apr 5, 2008 - Ometepe

Set the alarm for some ungodly hour to get the early bus to Rivas for a connection to the ferry to Ometepe - when it went off though I just couldn't face it, lazy bum that I am, and it took me another hour to get out of bed. Amazingly, for some reason all the traffic (cows, sheep,horses, chickens) was in my favour for once, and I found myself at San Jorge for the 10.30 ferry that I'd originally set the alarm for in the nick of time. Ferry journey was an olfactory delight given that the toilets appeared to have been backed up since 1963....

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Mar 26, 2008 - Oooooometepe

Ometepe island. a sight for sore eyes. It´s got 2 beautiful volcanoes that are capped by clouds in the morning and other random times of the day. I was in awe of it everyday and it looked even better with the full moon. Rochelle and i were there with people we had been hanging out with for the past couple weeks in San Juan del Sur. One of them has a property there, the Casa Harris as we called it and it was super chill. We didn´t have running water there for pretty much the entire time we were there. Even funnier is that we were staying...

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South America 2008

Jan 5, 2008 - Isla Ometepe

We've had a good, relaxing stay in San Juan del Sur. Bob has been taking surfing lessons and practicing every day. He is banged up, bruised, burnt, sore, chaffed, etc. but still trying every day. The only day he called it quits was when 10 other surfers got stung by sting rays in the ocean in the first few hours of the morning! I took a week of Spanish class from a cute, old local man who called me Dona Amys. He was very friendly, but a little senile I think. At least I didn't pay that much money for the class and got to practice speaking...

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Nov 29, 2007 - Nicaragua - Ometepe

The Ometepe Island is officially the worst largest fresh water island and is formed by two volcanoes, Concepcion and Maderas. Concepcion is still active and had a small eruption only a week before we arrived. The island is very peaceful and the locals still live a basic lifestyle, including the odd practice of riding cows as if they were horses. We found a fantastic little lodge nestled in between the two volcanoes owned unfortunately by two quite rude people (and Aussie and a Salvadoran). We hired bikes again and visited a pool of crystal...

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Nov 23, 2007 - Playa Santa Domingo

The internet is awfully slow here and the computers are useless as I can't upload any pictures again today. I'm staying at a place called Finca Santa Domingo, which is on a volcanic sand beach on the lake. Given you can't see the other side of the lake the views are wonderful. Should be able to go do some walking and mountain biking from here over the weekend. Right now I'm in the other town on the island Altagracia. Trying to buy my ferry ticket for monday night and tring to make sure its 1st class (padded seat instead of hard seat). So...

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Oct 13, 2007 - Twin Peaks

The bus to Rivas led to a taxi to the ferry, and the ferry to the town of Moyogalpa on Isla de Ometepe: two volcanoes, joined at the waist, one active and one dormant, in the southwest corner of Lago de Nicaragua. The ferry pushed through two foot waves, and as we pulled up to the pier a man took the bow rope over his shoulder and dove into the water. He swam to the pier, tied the rope to a string dropped to him, and another man attached the bow rope to a stanchion on the pier. The ferry used the leverage from the rope to swing the stern...

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Sep 7, 2007 - Ometepe

Friday 7th September Taxied all of 2 minutes to the bus station (after stopping several for quotes!) and just made the bus to Rivas (i.e. got thrown in the back door as we drove off, hoping that our bags made it on to the roof). Pretty but bumping journey for a couple of hours to Rivas on the big US style school bus that are the norm here. Welcomed at the other end with the usual crowd of people trying to push us off to various forms of transport to the dock...none of which were apparently suitable because they were charging 50% more than...

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