Hospedaje Central – Moyolgapa, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaraga 9:45pm local time
I’ve spent the last three days on Isla de Ometepe, an island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua that is formed by two volcanoes emerging out of the water. I decided to try to use local transporation (Refurbished school buses known as “chicken buses”) to make my way from Granada to Rivas before getting a ferry to Ometepe. It wasn’t hard but standing on the crowded bus waiting for it to take off, my legs felt like they were at a Bikram yoga class and I could just feel the sweat drops dribbling down them. I kept looking at the girl beside me wearing the tightest skinny jeans and wondering how she did not have visible butt/vagina sweat but then I thought I would probably do better in -30 degree weather than her and felt a little bit better about myself. Anyway, I was pretty proud of myself for actually saving money and taking the chicken bus instead of a shuttle but then I got majorly ripped off on the taxi ride from Rivas to the ferry port to catch the boat. The ride should only cost 30 Cordobas, or just over $1 USD but this guy charged us each $10 USD for a 5 minute drive! Unfortunately, I was with an older English man who I had met on the ferry and he gave into the demand way too easily, I felt betrayed by my fellow tourist but he probably didn’t know and/or care better.
The main activity for people to participate in when coming to the island is to hike up one of the volcanoes. I had planned on hiking Maderas (the smaller of the two volcanoes but still a decent 6-8 hour hike) but had heard from multiple tourists and locals that it is not worth hiking it right now, as the majority of the volcano is surrounded by cloud and therefore the potential view/experience is limited. The larger volcano, Conception, is supposed to be a pretty rugged and muddy 8-12 hour hike (that means 6 hours straight uphill!) and I wasn’t sure I was up for that so I felt like my purpose for being here had been depleted. However, on this, my final evening, I did just overhear a girl say that she only hiked half of it so I suppose that could have been an option. Oh well…
For these reasons, I have been spending an inordinate amount of time at my hostel which, I’m pleased to report, has a decent amount of cat friends to keep me company. I’ve gone out for a few walks and today I borrowed a bike and went out to try to find a sand bar that was supposed to be about a 20 minute bike ride away. Long story short, it ended up taking me an hour and a half to get there AND it turns out I had literally been right at it at one point of time and just didn’t recognize it as the place I wanted to be. Needless to say I did eventually find it but was slightly underwhelmed by it’s appeal after my exhausting bike ride (Sidenote: bike seats are the most uncomfortable thing in the world. In my mind, torture would be making someone sit on a bike seat for hours without any sort of readjustment).