Nicaragua-Day 4

The fourth day of our trip to Nicaragua had us sticking much closer to our hotel than we had the day before. After getting up we enjoyed the wonderful breakfast buffet at our hotel. One thing that had that morning that they didn’t have on other mornings was a Chia drink. It was delicious; I had been able to enjoy it other mornings as well.

After breakfast we were picked up by out tour guide for the day. This time we were going to visit Masaya Volcano which was only about a half an hour away from our hotel. Like many of the Volcanos in Nicaragua you can see it from a distance but our tour took ups right up to the crater. However, before we went to the crater we visited the museum about the volcano.

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In addition to seeing the wonderful displays at the museum our tour guide gave us some interesting information about the history of the volcano. I was really intrigued to see hear the similarities and the differences between how the indigenous people of Nicaragua viewed the volcano and how the Spanish viewed the volcano when they arrived in the early 1500s.

After leaving the museum we drove right up to the crater of the volcano.

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My husband has been to Masaya Volcano many, many times before but this was the first time he had been shortly after an eruption. For me it was my first time visiting an active volcano at all. I did visit a volcano in 2009 when we went to Maui but it was for the sunrise and the volcano wasn’t active.

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It was amazing to look down into the crater and see the lava.

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The sound of the volcano rumbling was unlike anything I had ever heard before. We spent about a half an hour looking down into the crater.

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Apparently with all the lava Masaya Volcano is extremely popular to visit at night. While it would have been nice to see the lava glowing at night but that’s all the more reason to return to Nicaragua in the future.

After leaving the crater of the volcano our tour took us to the market place in the actual town of Masaya. I’ve been to market places without a tour guide in both Mexico and Peru but this time I was glad that we had a tour guide to lead us in the right direction. The market place was rather large and I can see how somebody could get lost and possibly run into trouble with getting pickpocketed. Both my husband and I bought several souvenirs.

Our tour then took as back to our hotel in Managua. It felt weird to be done with our day so soon since the previous day we had left in the dark and arrived back in the dark. We decided to take advantage of our early return to hotel by having lunch at one of the nearby restaurants instead of eating at our hotel again.

As we walked to the restaurant I had to take a picture of one of the propaganda posters for the Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife (who is also Vice President).

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Just like it was interesting to compare and contrast the way the native Nicaraguan people and the Spanish viewed Masaya volcano it was interesting to compare and contrast the propaganda I saw in Nicaragua (which felt very in your face) to the propaganda that exists in the United States (which I think is more subtle and in a way more insidious).

We had lunch at a nice seafood restaurant. I enjoyed a delicious trio of ceviche.

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It was really relaxing to just take our time eating our lunch having already completed our big event of the day.

After lunch we went back to our hotel for a while and relaxed as we waited for my husband’s father to get off of work. Once he was off of work he picked us up and drove us by the neighborhood that my husband and lived in when he was a little boy.

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It was really cool to see the house my husband has spoken about so many times. Now when he recalls his childhood I will have a point of reference in my head.

When we were done with our tour of my husband’s old neighborhood my father-in-law drove us by his job and then down to the waterfront area near Lake Managua. This was really interesting because there were a lot of lights up for Christmas but more than that it was the in your face propaganda the Sandinistas had put up, especially the giant display of the former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

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I have never seen anything like it. I was really shocked that in a nation’s capital a country would have such a big display celebrating the former leader of another country. It really speaks to how Nicaragua has aligned itself with Venezuela in recent years.

After our tour around the lake front area my father-in-law took us back to our hotel. We had a small snack at the restaurant at our hotel and the got ready for bed. It was been a really nice day. The highlight as a tourist had been seeing the lava in Masaya Volcano and the highlight on a personal level had been seeing the house my husband had grown up in.

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