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The highlight of the flight back to Managua was flying over a smoking Volcano. I think it was Masaya but I'm not positive. It's quite a sight to see an active volcano from the air. As we neared Managua we flew over the lake and circled back over the city. We got a lovely view of a large trash fire burning. You would think they would find a better spot to do that but when a country is as poor as Nicaragua is you come to realize that we take a lot of things for granted in the US.

Entering Nicaragua

Smoking Volcano

Smoking Volcano

I Have Mad Skillz As A Photographer...


Lake Managua

Nice View Of The Trash Fire

Circling Lake Managua

Plenty Of Beachfront Property Available

Bank Left At The Dump

Nicer View

The Source Of The Smoke

Blue Lagoon

The Malecon Area

Almost There...

My new amigo Johnny was waiting to pick me up at the airport. The airport was empty and because there were only about 40 people on our plane it took a grand total of 5 minutes (not exaggerating) to exit the plane, go through customs, pick up my baggage, and go through immigration. Johnny picked me up in his Mitsubishi 4x4 pickup truck instead of a cab. It turns out he's in the Nicaraguan military and only drives a cab to make extra money. His truck has diplomatic plates and that's a wonderful thing in Managua. It's basically like having a big sign that says "don't mess with me or you'll regret it" on your forehead. If you have those plates you can just ignore things like police roadblocks and drive right around them with impunity. The police setup road blocks in Managua and basically will find something wrong unless you pay them. We saw at least 5 of them while we were driving around on Saturday and didn't stop at any of them.

Final Approach

Cab With Arabic "Taxi" Sign

Street Vendors

Get Your Seat Covers Here

Hey, There Are People Up There!

Johnny's Red Truck

Johnny and I drove around town for a while and he showed me some of his hangouts. A lot of them were places I would have NEVER have gone into alone. (and I don't recommend any gringo trying it) We went to Mercado Oriental and walked around a bit. I couldn't take any pictures there because it was dangerous enough just being there. It's definately not a gringo friendly place. There are a lot of kids that sniff glue all day and walk around with a crazed look on their faces. The market is the largest one in Central America and they sell just about everything you can think of. We didn't stay very long or go in too deep but I'm glad I got to see it.

Cowboy's Restaurant

Street Scene

Another Fire

More Earthquake Damage

Roberto Clemente Stadium

Colorful House

After touring around for a bit we decided to have lunch. We went to a place called La Finca and the food was outstanding. We had “Vigoron” (I think) which is yucca, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, cucumbers, and something fried. Even though I’m not sure what it is it was great. (Lunch for 2 came to a whopping total of $7)

Local Store

The Jesus Bus

La Finca

La Finca

La Finca


After lunch I had Johnny drive me back to the hotel. I took some pictures of some cool artwork on the walls around the University along the way. My plan for the rest of the day was pretty much just to relax by the pool and soak in some sun since this had been a long 10 days and I was going back to freezing temperatures the next day.

Cool Artwork

Cool Artwork

Cool Artwork

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