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Published: November 14th 2011
not where we thought it was
Got on the first really crowded bus that came from the airport and ended up in Matagalpa, the chocolate and coffee king of Nicaragua. Due to the elections, not much was open which resulted in not being let into the chocolate castle and going to Germany.
Selva Negra is named after the black forest in Germany and has clearly been run by germanic precision for several generations. An extreme contrast to the rest of Nicaragua. As we were in a group we hitch hiked home on the back of a truck to escape a deported american terrorist with columbian friends and a fondness for cockfighting and 20 beers before 4pm.
Next stop Esteli´. Home of custom leather, fantastic cheese and beautiful nature reserves. Having discovered a cafe with WHOLEMEAL bread, camembert, hummus, gouda, yogurt cheese and honey we went in search of cheese source...
Found ourselves on a cheese tour in a tiny community in Tisey nature reserve, and learnt that it takes 130 litres of milk to make 20 rounds of cheese.
After telling Lexie that she hated horses, and the idea of horse riding, Emily signed up to a 6 hour horse tour around Miraflor
Reserve. Gently does it.
For the tour we were met off the bus by a mute with the slowest paced walk we'd ever encountered. Somehow we ended up leading the way to his house while he conversed with a woman on horseback. Whilst eating breakfast we discovered he could speak - he informed us he was going to prepare the horses which we found out later meant shoeing them. Despite informing him that Emily had only rode once, about 10 years ago, we charged off up the hillside with Emily leading the way and loving it. Best thing about Nicaragua is the laid back attitude to safety. After charging around we were exhausted, the horses hadn't even broken a sweat. Lovely day with some of the best views we've seen yet.
Nicaragua we've enjoyed your loud music, cheapness, lack of road etiquette and no concept of personal space in any situation. On a serious note, stunning country, lovely people - Nicaragua your pretty darn cool.
Off we head North x
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