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On the way back to Managua we stopped off to check out the town of Rivas. The first thing you see as you come into town from the south is the baseball stadium. Unlike most of Latin America where soccer is the most popular sport, baseball is king in Nicaragua. Every town no matter how small has a baseball diamond in Nicaragua. It might just be a cow pasture but on Sunday's it's for baseball.

The town of Rivas itself is quite nice. The highlight, surprise, surprise, is the cathedral. The church in the center of town was built in the 1700's and is a beautiful example of colonial architechture.


Baseball Stadium In Rivas
Baseball Stadium In Rivas
Colonial Cathedral In Rivas
Colonial Cathedral In Rivas
Central Park In Rivas
Central Park In Rivas
Central Park In Rivas
Central Park In Rivas
Colonial Cathedral In Rivas
Colonial Cathedral In Rivas
Colonial Cathedral In Rivas
Colonial Cathedral In Rivas
Cool Mural
Cool Mural
The Volcano Looms In The Distance
The Volcano Looms In The Distance
Honey, We Need Fruit
Honey, We Need Fruit

Whenever we are outside of Managua we always buy fruit and vegetables before we go back. For whatever reason the produce is always better than it is in Managua. This was the first time I've ever bought bananas from a stand in a banana grove. Needless to say these were also the best bananas I ever tasted in my life.

One thing you'll see a lot of pictures of from this trip are fires. I swear half of Nicaragua is burning right now. The other thing that is amazing is all the dried up river beds. I know that this is the dry season but I think it's a little worse than usual this year. The river that runs through Acoyapa, for example, has completely dried up and I'm told that never happens. The fires can be disconcerting at times because they can reduce visibility to zero when you're driving through them. We drove through a few at night and it's oddly beautiful and terrifying at the same time.


Roadside Fruit Stand
Roadside Fruit Stand
It Doesn't Get Any Fresher Than That
It Doesn't Get Any Fresher Than That
The Bus Is SRO
The Bus Is SRO
Driving Through A Fire
Driving Through A Fire
Tobacco Fields
Tobacco Fields
Mombachu Volcano
Mombachu Volcano
The River Is Dry
The River Is Dry
Bizarre Set Of Statues
Bizarre Set Of Statues
Looking For A Job
Looking For A Job

On Saturday night we went out to a club in Managua call KSon's T Club. I have no earthly idea why there is a "T" in the name because everyone calls the place "K Son's". At any rate, Saturday is karaoke night and Juniett's cousins wanted to sing so we went to the club. I should point out that this is one of the more "upscale" clubs in Managua. The owners are famous musicians in Nicaragua that have a TV show, videos, etc. I point that out because even though it's an upscale club you still need to watch yourself when you go out in Managua. I say that because while he was dancing someone tried to steal my wifes cousins wallet out of his pocket.

Juniett's cousins do a duet...

Drunks singing poorly in Spanish...


Where's Juniett
Where's Juniett
Getting Ready To Sing
Getting Ready To Sing
K Sons T Club Managua
K Sons T Club Managua
The Slingshot Man
The Slingshot Man
Rotonda Del Periodista Managua
Rotonda Del Periodista Managua
Look, An Actual Sign
Look, An Actual Sign
Central Bank Of Nicaragua
Central Bank Of Nicaragua
Dont Take This Road To Leon!
Dont Take This Road To Leon!
Turn Here To Go To Montelimar
Turn Here To Go To Montelimar

On Sunday we decided to head to the beach again only this time we went to Masachapa because it's closer. The new "in thing" in Nicaragua is setting up your own roadblock and extorting money from people to let them get past. Over 3 weeks we ran into at least 10 of these in various places and it starts to get annoying after a while. What people do is they stretch a rope across the road and they won't let you through until you pay them. In San Rapheal Del Sur the town setup a roadblock and they are charging 30 Cordobas to go through their town. Since it's the only road to the beach you really don't have much choice other than to pay it. I honestly believe that Daniel Ortega is to be blamed for these roadblocks. Ever since he's been in office he's pretty much used the Nicaraguan consitution as toilet paper and done whatever he's pleased. Local governments have taken note and decided that if Daniel doesn't have to follow the law then neither do they.

Crappy Road, Great Views
Crappy Road, Great Views
Crappy Road, Great Views
Crappy Road, Great Views
 Crappy Road, Great Views
Crappy Road, Great Views
Crappy Road, Great Views
Crappy Road, Great Views
Crappy Road, Great Views
Crappy Road, Great Views
Crappy Road, Great Views
Crappy Road, Great Views
Sunday Is For Baseball
Sunday Is For Baseball
Roadside Extortionists
Roadside Extortionists
I Have A Sad Story So Pay Me
I Have A Sad Story So Pay Me
Another Illegal Tollbooth
Another Illegal Tollbooth
30 Corbobas For This Crappy Road
30 Corbobas For This Crappy Road
The Carnival Is In Town
The Carnival Is In Town

When we got to the beach our usual hangout, the Hotel Summer, was unusually crowded. I'm not sure what the reason was but this was the most people I've ever seen at the beach in Nicaragua. One of the neat things about the beach at Masachapa is that you can drive on it if you want to. You can also ride a horse, bring your dog, ride an ATV, or do just about anything you want. There don't seem to be a whole lot of rules here.

I'm not sure if it was just because the tide was so low or what the problem was but this time the beach was loaded with rocks. Well, boulders is more like it. Once you got up to your waist in the water you ran into huge rocks. This came as a complete surprise since I've been to this beach many times before and never stepped on a rock let alone rammed my knees into them. I ended up smashing myself up pretty good and I'm actually lucky I didn't get hurt much worse other than some cuts and bruises.


Juniett Is Ready
Juniett Is Ready
Nicaraguan Hells Angels
Nicaraguan Hells Angels
The Mermaid Watches Over Us
The Mermaid Watches Over Us
Ride A Horse On The Beach
Ride A Horse On The Beach
The Goo Lady
The Goo Lady
2 Cups Of Goo Please
2 Cups Of Goo Please
Here's Your Goo Sir
Here's Your Goo Sir
Mmmmmm, Carne
Mmmmmm, Carne
Plenty Of Parking On The Beach
Plenty Of Parking On The Beach
Watch Your Step On The Beach
Watch Your Step On The Beach
If A Big Wave Comes Run Here
If A Big Wave Comes Run Here
Che Likes The Beach Too
Che Likes The Beach Too

After our adventure at Masachapa we decided to take a ride to Pochomil to check it out. The road to Pochomil is horrific so we never went there before. Apparently the bad road has been keeping everyone away because we literally had people chasing us down the street to try to get us to come to their restaurant. I took a video of the one guy that's completely hysterical. I should add that somewhere further down this road they're buiding a new resort with a Jack Nicklaus golf course on it. The road was so horrendous, however, we decided not to bother trying to see it and turned around.

Here's a video of one of the guys chasing us...


Cactus Fence
Cactus Fence
Pochomil Beach Entrance
Pochomil Beach Entrance
The Mermaid Bar
The Mermaid Bar
Leaving Pochomil
Leaving Pochomil
Scary Bridge
Scary Bridge
Waterfall To The Right Of Me
Waterfall To The Right Of Me
Fall Into Water On The Left
Fall Into Water On The Left
Painted Rocks
Painted Rocks
More Painted Rocks
More Painted Rocks
Nice Sidewalks
Nice Sidewalks
Church In San Rapheal Del Sur
Church In San Rapheal Del Sur
FSLN Headquarters
FSLN Headquarters
Our Security Guard
Our Security Guard
I Didn't Wreck It, Honest
I Didn't Wreck It, Honest
Cool Grafitti
Cool Grafitti
Nica Tree Service
Nica Tree Service
Nica Speed Trap
Nica Speed Trap
Sexy Billboard
Sexy Billboard


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