So my Central American adventure continued, after a fun week in Crica I got on a plane and headed north over the boarder to Nicaragua (I could have just stayed on the rafting river) for the next part of my exciting trip. As a lapsed scientist I decided as I’m taking some time off it might be fun to try and do something a bit scientific again and thus I found myself heading off for two weeks work... Read Full Entry
Rosario's 'Trees of life'The President's wife has been planting trees all over Managua, at $33k a pop, each tree comes with an armed guard.
Managua has a quick airport transfersPaseo Xolotlan park on the lake shore has a model of pre-1972 earthquake Managua and an old plane to allow those not able to afford flights to experience what it is like on a plane.
The ruins of Old LeonEstablished by the Spanish in 1524 in the shadow of Momotombo, they only stuck it out for 84 years and ran off after too much volcanic aticity and built new Leon 30km to the west.
Shake your Maracas!I was amazed to find out that these fruits of the Calabash tree are dried and made into Maracas. It looks like someone has just stuck them onto the trees. Don't sit under the trees though, they were a bit like cricket balls and would give you a nasty lump.
The Cathedral of new LeonKnown as the "Real and Renowned Basilica Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary"(Spanish: Real e Insigne Basílica de la Asunción de la Bienaventurada Virgen María, a bit of a mouthful.