Too bad I had the runs
06/10/2010 - 06/13/2010 80 °F
I found out about Ometepe while reading other peoples’ travel blogs. It’s an island in Lake Nicaragua made up of two volcanoes. I needed to catch a bus back to Rivas from Granada and then catch a ferry from a nearby town (San Jorge) over to the island. The hostel lady told me there was a bus to Rivas at 11:00 so I grabbed a cab and told the driver what I was doing. He told me there wasn’t a bus to Rivas until 1:00 so I told him to take me back to the hostel. The hostel lady ensured me that there indeed was a bus to Rivas so I got another cab and went to the bus station (a dirt lot with a couple of busses in it). I told the guy running the show at the bus station that I was heading for Rivas. He told me there was no bus for Rivas until 1:00. Great ... two and a half hours of sitting around in a dirt lot waiting for a bus. I fought off the urge to return to the hostel and tell the hostel lady that she had her head up her ass. While I was standing there looking pissed off, the master of busses told me that I could get on the bus that was leaving right now and transfer to another bus to Rivas ... roundabout but it gets me there and I don’t have to sit in a dirt lot for two and half hours. I don’t even know what part of Nicaragua I travelled through but a couple of hours later I was in Rivas. I caught a cab out to the ferry landing in San Jorge and an hour later was on my way to Ometepe.
Two good boat rides in two days. The view of the two volcanoes, Concepcion and Maderas, on Ometepe was pretty awesome. When I landed on the island at Moyogalpa I still had no idea where I was going to stay. One of the tour operators recommended a nice hotel so I walked over to check it out. It was a little too far out of the city center and there were no other people staying there so I trolled around the city center looking for another place. I found a cool little hotelito, that’s Spanish, that had a brand new big screen TV in the common area. Perfect. The TV would come in handy when the World Cup games started the next day. My stomach was really starting to complain at this point. I spent the next two days in the can or making sure that I was really close to the can. I’m thinking maybe the Nicaraguan tap water didn’t agree with me and by the time I switched over to bottled water it was too late. No big deal. It gave me an excuse to watch the World Cup and lounge around for a couple of days.
The hotel was pretty lively for the England vs. USA game. There was an English kid there who dressed up his dog in a Rooney jersey. I’m not sure what point he was trying to make. I think if I wanted to get under the skin of the English fans I might dress up a dog in a Rooney jersey. I kinda felt bad for the guy after the US team scored the way they did. I watched four or five games over the next couple of days and explored the town a little bit while my guts sorted themselves out. The day before I left Ometepe I got a three hour tour of the island from one of the guys who helps run the hotel. It was nice to get out of town and see some of the sights. We stopped for a swim in a crystal clear cool natural spring called the eye and then headed over to a little beach town on Playa Santo Domingo for lunch. Santo Domingo would have been a nice place to stay if I had more time and just wanted to relax on the beach for a day or two. No worries. I was going to get my beach fix in San Juan Del Sur the next day.