Sunday, November 29, 2009

Day 11 - Managua

Had breakfast at La Perla and checked out and loaded up the car. We drove over to Via Via to drop off some books for someone we had met the night before. We made it out of Leon and were headed down the highway when we came across a really bad accident. The police and medics were there working on some victims - a car looked like it had rolled over a few times and was about 10 meters off the road. After waiting a few minutes where they got traffic diverted we were once again on our way. This time we took the good highway to the north - nice and smooth with no potholes! Closer to Managua we say people selling iguanas alongside the road. I think they were being sold for food. Once in Managua we were in the wrong lane as the highway enters the city and got headed the wrong way but were able to eventually get turned back around and headed in the direction of the airport.

We got to the airport and checked into the Best Western Las Mercedes (we were told later to refer to it just as Las Mercedes since thats sounds better than saying you stayed at the Best Western). Next we returned the rental car to the Budget office at the airport. Initially I had trouble finding their office, I saw a guard shack and went inside and found a soldier with an AK-47 on his lap - he pointed me in the right direction and we returned the car and then walked over to the La Costeniaoffice to see about changing our flight to Corn Island from tomorrow afternoon to the morning flight. That wasn't a problem but we were told to be at the airport at 5am!

We then walked across the road to the hotel and had some BBQ chicken sandwiches and beers at the hotel restaurant. While we were eating a cat joined us so we gave him some chicken from our lunch. Next we went swimming in the hotel pool and had some more beers at the poolside bar and talked with some other people who were going back home the next morning. Since we had to get up super early we were back at our room and watched some tv before crashing out early

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