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One of the most challenging aspects of driving in Managua is dealing with rotondas. There is a right way and a wrong way to do it. At best doing it wrong will get you a ticket since the cops watch rotondas like a hawk. At worst it can get you killed. Here's a video showing the right way to drive in a rotonda.

On Memorial Day since I had the day off we decided to take a trip to see the island of Ometepe. Ometepe is home to 2 volcanos, Concepción and Maderas, that are massive. Concepción is an active volcano and it's nearly perfect cone rises almost a mile into the air. To get to the island of Ometepe you need to take a boat. The best place to get one is from the town of San Jorge which is near Rivas. Boats are also available from Granada and some other places but they only go a couple times a week. Boats leave from San Jorge nearly every hour so it's a much better place to start from.

On a side note I wanted to mention the Daniel Ortega billboard with "Ignorant Dictator" painted on it. I've noticed that more and more the billboards featuring old pineapple head are being defaced around the country. Considering that Ortega's approval rating is lower than George Bushes (now that's saying something) it's no big surprise. The more I watch what the guy does the more I'm coming to believe he's just plain looney tunes. I honestly believe the guy doesn't have a clue how much damage he's doing and worse yet I don't think he cares.


Leftover Steak For Breakfast
Leftover Steak For Breakfast
That Can't Be Comfortable
That Can't Be Comfortable
That's A Truck Load
That's A Truck Load
Crappy Day
Crappy Day
The Ignorant Dictator
The Ignorant Dictator
San Jorge To The Right
San Jorge To The Right
Or Is It Left
Or Is It Left?
A Cross The Road
A Cross The Road
Taming Nessy Statue
Taming Nessy Statue
Welcome To San Jorge
Welcome To San Jorge
Yes, There's A Church
Yes, There's A Church
Central Park
Central Park

From San Jorge you can take a boat or a ferry to Ometepe. You can take your car with you if you take the ferry and the trip will set you back about a dollar for you and your car. The boat is less but I'm not sure exactly what the price is. When you get to the dock you're greeted by a tree full of monkeys and people selling various types of produce.


Prices For The Ferry
Prices For The Ferry
Almost There
Almost There
Flor De Cana Welcomes You
Flor De Cana Welcomes You
The Beach At San Jorge
The Beach At San Jorge
Boat Dock In San Jorge
Boat Dock In San Jorge
Monkeys In The Tree
Monkeys In The Tree
Lot's Of Monkeys
Lot's Of Monkeys
They're Chained Up Good
They're Chained Up Good
Fresh Mangos
Fresh Mangos

Unfortunately, as you can see from the pictures both volcanos were completely clouded over when we got there. The weather was kind of crappy and it had been raining off and on all morning. Since we couldn't even see the volcanos we decided not to make the trip to the island. Instead we did a little exploring in San Jorge.

One of the neat things about Nicaragua is a lack of rules. If you want to drive on the beach, for example, it's not a problem in Nicaragua. That being said, we decided to take a little drive on the beach and see the "sights" in San Jorge. The beach, unfortunately, is one of the dirtiest I've seen in Nicaragua. There's not a whole lot of respect for the environment going on in San Jorge.


Concepcion In The Clouds
Concepcion In The Clouds
The Boat Dock
The Boat Dock
Beach Bars
Beach Bars
Ometepe Is Socked In
Ometepe Is Socked In
Herons On The Beach
Herons On The Beach
Lunch At El Refugio
Lunch At El Refugio

After cruising up and down the beach for a while we decided to stop and have some lunch at one of the many restaurants on the beach. While we were eating lunch I got some great videos of a guy learning to drive on the beach as well as 3 drunken amigos.


Ometepe In Shadowbox
Ometepe In Shadowbox
Lunch At El Refugio
Lunch At El Refugio
Fish Soup
Fish Soup


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