Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Oh, and check out the Casa Iguana's website! This was on Little Corn island, Nicaragua. What a great place this was. So hard to get to, so worth it:
Here's a couple of youtube videos I never got around to putting on here.
taxi ride in San Pedro (the driver was an 11 year old boy)
and a view from the main square in Antigua, where all the locals hang out.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
I don´t know what´s wrong with me. I was all set to go see a band at cafe no se (cafe "I don´t know", don´t you love the name?) last night, and at a time I´m too embarrased to say, I laid down and got too comfortable. It´s easy to do, with my new room. It has, what, 15, 20 ft ceilings? It used to be a 15th century convent and a monastary and has high wood beam ceilings and tile floors. It´s right on the big famous yellow arch that I love so much. I stayed in a room with a straw floor a few weeks ago, so I notice things like flooring now. I watched TV for the first time in a while, to ease myself back into civilization. Tonight, I swear, I´m going out. Even though I have an 8AM flight tomorrow.
- Breakfast - the BK numero tres!!
- Dinner - the kingfish at Casa Iguana, tied with the Enchiladas verdes at Frida´s in Antigua.
- Beer - Toña, Nicaragua
- Beer label - Gallo, Guatemala
- live music - Riki´s, Antigua, Cafe Nuit, Granada
- cheapest room - EVER - the psychedelic hotel San Francisco, San Pedro, $3.50
- Favorite room - Casa Iguana, casita number 4
- Boat ride - Big corn island to little corn island. Like a $4 white water rafting trip
- Bagged snack - those freeze dried taco things, Guatemala
Important things learned in Guatemala and Nicaragua:
- It´s easier to travel around here than Europe.
- Reggaeton is everywhere
- I sorta like reggaeton!
- What Central American guys lack in height, they more than make up in dancing skills
- People in Guatemala speak slower than Nicas, Guatemala is the perfect place to learn spanish
- Refried beans are damn good for breakfast
- Bedbugs here aren´t messing around
- If your feet are dirty, you are probably having a good time.
- Hygeine is overrated
- Other travellers in Central America are super friendly
- Chickens come in all sorts of cute logos here (Gallo, pollo estrella)
- Nicaraguan hot dogs are nothing to be feared
- I could retire or work in Antigua one day, It feels very homey
- People who admit to going to 300 plus Widespread panic shows are usually pretty strange
- Wearing one sweater for 3 weeks is perfectly acceptable
- It´s surprisingly easy to get used to seeing men with rifles
- It´s not easy to get used to seeing children working and class differences here
- Latin culture brings a little warmth and color into my life
and thanks for reading! If you were reading and not commenting, let me know..
above: the arco, a coffee plant, our coffee tour guide, some textiles made by children in the main square - about the tumultuous times in the 80s - (if you can read it, it´s sad about pregnant women hit by bullets in 1982 and 1985), another chicken bus, the room next to mine (my headboard isn´t that good, but I did have towel swans!)
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Little corn island is a beautiful, peaceful island - filled with gossip, intrigue and scandal. OK, ok, maybe I exaggerate. Scandal - yes, they did have a problem with drug trafficking two years ago, when some of the shuttle boats were stopped and searched often. But that´s under control now. And gossip, well, I found that out for myself at the sweet Oasis snack bar.
Monday, January 07, 2008
No, I´m not talking about skyrockets in flight, or sticks and stones rubbing together makin´everything right, or everything being clearer in the light of day-ay. (thanks to that un-named, yet good friend who put that on my ipod!) But it really is a dee-lightful afternoon here on little corn. Not much to say, I went for a little swin last night, but we are on the windy, outward side of the island so it was a little wavy and un poco seaweedy. Had dinner with a crew of nice people, had some beef with carbernet demi-glace and cauliflower cous cous, went to bed kind of early and read the memory keeper´s daughter for 3 hours.. had the sea wind blow on me while I was sleeping. I hiked through the woods into town to buy some bottles of water and use the computer. I am still recovering from being jostled senseless from the boat ride, but my shoulder is recovering from my death grip on that piece of wood. The sea looks less angry right now but is it wrong that I secretly hope that I get another ride like that in 2 days? As long as I live, it was the most fun I´ve ever had for 4 dollars.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Friday, January 04, 2008
I wish I felt a little better, because I am really beginning to like this place. I know that Granada is THE most touristy town in Nicaragua, but I can´t help but notice there is a wierd vibe bubbling beneath the surface here. I can´t put my finger on it, but it´s probably comparatitis from Guatemala. This is how I compare the two:
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Today I laid in the hammock and listened to my hangover cure-all, Cafe del mar number 5. It always works! I evesdropped on all the different accents and watched all the beautiful people from all over the world on the deck. I just took a swim in the lake with the Americans, the British couple and some other people. It was cold but now I feel great.
There is this kid here that cracks me up. He works at a little portable water-potato chip-pop stand outside the Iguana. He is ALL business. He´s like a little mafia kid, and greases back his hair in a 1950s style. He acts like he´s been running that stand for 50 years.now. I really like the Guatemalan kids. They are always eager to talk (well, except for the dead serious kid at he pop stand) and they all have giant brown eyes. Did you ever see that movie a Bronx Tale? One of my favorites. anyhow, the pop stand kid reminds me of one of those little mobsters in training.
I leave tomorrow to go back to Antigua. An hour ago, I was sure that I was going to Nica next but now I´m changing my mind again. It´s either the corn islands in Nicaragua which are MUCH harder to get to, it would certainly be an adventure, or I go to Roatan in Honduras, which is easier to get to but more touristy. What to do, what to do... what do you think? Nicaragua might mean spending a night in El Salvador, which could be bad yet interetsting and dodgy. There is no ATM on the corn islands and probably little or no internet so you might not hear from me much after tomorrow. Corn islands look like paradise and Roatan doesn´t look to shabby either. I´m not afraid, per se, just might be a little inconvenienced by the money situation, and might have to stay in a crap hotel one night on the way.
Oh, and in my room of straw, I think there is some bug in there biting me. I have a lot of red scabs and bites. Just adding to my lovely appearance!