Go, go Mo!
20th Jun 2012 - Central America
So I'm slowly, slowly making my way back up to guatemala so I can spend my last few days in Antigua. Today was a real short bus trip (just an hour) from Granada back to Managua. I found this really awesome hotel down the street from the Tica station called Hotel Los Felipe and its 900 times better than the craphole I stayed in my first night in Managua. I have a private room with a private bathroom for $10 (the other place was a huge rip off for $25). Also, this place has a pool, trees everywhere, security guards, a security gate, good locks on the doors, 5 cats who all need love, and about 10 birds - about 5 of them are talking parrots who can speak English and Spanish. It's great and definitely makes me want a parrot even worse now. I love it here and it's gone a far way to change my opinion about Managua.
Speaking of cats... My little cat friend at the hostel in Granada was the sweetest thing this morning. She saw me come out with my backpack and didn't want me to leave. She kept meowing, climbing up on me and begging to be pet. I hung around for about 1/2 hour longer to pet her, she was just too cute to say no to. When I couldn't put off leaving any longer, I walked for the door and she followed me and sat by the gate and watched me leave. So Goddammed cute. As I was leaving, the front desk lady told me that the little kitty is pregnant and is gonna be a mama cat soon. She's so tiny and young... Poor little thing... But it explains how she was always trying to eat my food and her big round belly.
That hostel in Granada was awesome. In fact, all of Granada was awesome. I'd like to go back some day. Nicaragua has been wonderful (not counting my first night of course). The shuttle to/from Granada was hilarious too. Busses/shuttles here include a guy working the door, hopping on and off, taking cash from riders, providing change. The driver picks the radio station and turns it up for everyone to enjoy and sing along. They stop wherever someone is standing at the side of the road an flags them down, and you just tell the money guy when you want to get off and he screams at the driver to stop for you. It's disorganized and crazy but it works.
Oh, I never mentioned!! The Tica bus on the way here had movies playing and both were religious in nature - one was Kurt Cameron's "Fireproof". I couldn't tear my eyes away. It was dubbed over in Spanish ad then had English subtitles. I couldn't help myself and was bummed when we got to town before the movie ended. Ha!
Anyways, my bus to San Salvador leaves tomorrow at 5:00am and gets there at about 6:00pm (I hope they play Fireproof again (no I don't) or some other Christian movie (no I don't). From what I gather, the bus stops at a hotel that I can stay at overnight and will pick me up from there the next morning to finish the trip. The overnight layover isn't really my favorite thing but from what I can tell, the boarders close at a certain time and highway travel isn't safe at night... So I'll live with it. I'm expecting to be ripped off again tomorrow night but it's fine as long as they have room for me... So everyone cross your fingers. I really would hate to have to negotiate a hostel in San Salvador. That said, if there's no blog tomorrow it's because I wasn't able to find a place with wifi, but assume I'm safe :)
Then Friday I'll get into Guate Cite around 1pm, get a taxi to the airport, get a shuttle to Antigua, and be at my hostel by 6pm at the latest. I'm staying at a different place there this time - this one with a bar... Since I've been on antibiotics an haven't been able to drink I feel like bellying up to a bar for some traveler bonding sounds nice.
So early bedtime for me tonight... Sorry for the borig blog, it's been a super low key day today. Here's a video of a parrot to make up for it.
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