Tiff: Isla Omtepe Nicaragua
"Well, if there is a peaceful corner in Nicaragua--this
is it. We took a bus then a taxi then a ferry, then a
taxi to the most idyllic little tucked away corner of
the world you ever saw. Life is so different here.
Everyone is totally friendly and what matters is all
your family and friends. Nothing happens without
dozens of friendly interruptions and time is of
absolutely no consequence.
The volcanoes here dominate everything as the island
is just two volcanoes and not much else. The wind
keeps the mosquitoes away--which actually did eat my
face in Honduras. It is nice to be away from them.
Flowers and gardens are everywhere. The children
delight in playing in the waves and ladies do their
laundry on make-shift wash tables set up permanently
in the lake. It is a huge step back in time.
As we have traveled, we have learned that hot water
(we had it one time in San Salvadore) predictable
water (no water for 2 days in Granada) and electricity
(out 3 days on Utila) are not necessary to having a
good time if the people are great. Today we learned
that schedules don´t much matter either. We were
going to catch the 9 A.M. ferry off Isla Omtepe, our
pick up truck picked up others trying to catch the
same ferry. No one knew till we got here that the
ferry changed its schedule. Anyway we need to wait
two and a half hours now so our truck driver went and
got the key to the tourist office for us to open it
for our bags. I asked when the person was coming to
open the office so we could get our bags back and he
handed me the key. It was just too much
responsibility for me to handle to be in charge of the
tourist office so we chased down the owner and gave
back the key.
Getting people up to get keys is real regular here.
We had someone get up the lady that runs the small
museum here to open it for us. She also sent the key
as she was in the bath at the moment. Its all quite
We are hoping to get across the border of Costa Rica
by tonight-will be a challenge as we are late and will
have to take 3 local busses and the crossing is
rumored to be quite a nightmare by land as the
regulations are different for Costa Rica. The other
countries didn´t much care who came or went. We have
set the minimal goal of at least crossing today and
the unrealistic maximum goal of reaching La Fortuna
and Volcan Arenal and the Roca Negra hotel tonight.I
don´t really look forward to figuring out this
crossing on the fly as there are many zigs and zags."
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