León to Managua

Z Leon to Managua
First a little hostel story:
Punche de oro seemed too good to be true! A really friendly guy took me to a private room with bathroom (including towel, toilet paper roll and soap) and gave me his WhatsApp so I could message him the next day when I wanted breakfast. All for roughly $5 USD!

Then a little later, he came back and said “sooo sorry, I mixed things up. You’re meant to stay in the dorm. I’ll show you.” It ended up being a small room with four beds crammed into it, and the bathroom was far away and didn’t even have a sink. “But if you pay 5 extra, you can stay in the private room,” he said with a smile.

I said the dorm was fine, and his smile faded. After that, I felt he was not as nice anymore, and when I woke up the next morning and texted that breakfast at 9:30 would be great, he was half an hour late, and it was just three dry slices of toast and coffee.
I don’t even drink coffee.
boring breakfast
I don’t want to be too negative though. If it was a strategy from his side (I mean surely he knows the prices for his different rooms), I understand his disappointment when it failed. And it was still really cheap for a room where I ended up being the only guest.

Punche de Oro is alright, but perhaps spending half a dollar extra to live more centrally is worth it, and get your own breakfast elsewhere.

Leon
The laundry I had washed the previous night was still wet, so I was allowed to leave it and my other things at the hostel while I explored the city a little. First I had to walk roughly two kilometers on a straight street like shown above.

bus truck
You can walk or take one of these trucks that act like buses in the city, 4-5 Córdobas (barely $0.2 USD) per trip. They are often so packed that you feel like a tuna in a tuna can.

The cathedral is the main thing to see in León, and I wanted to go in and see the view from the roof (apparently you can do that), but it didn’t open until 2pm, so I missed it.
catedral de leon
I walked around a little more, but to be honest, this city is nothing special. I’ve heard that Granada is another similar city nearby that is much more interesting. I went back to the hostel to pick up my finally dry clothes and left for Managua.

van to managua
Took a truck to the bus terminal and then left León in a van for $61 Córdobas. Almost two hours later, I had reached the end of my Grand Central American Adventure.

Because I sold my bike a little earlier than planned, I now have four days to kill around Managua before leaving by plane.

I will tell more about that in my final update to this blog.

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Managua

My days in Managua passed quickly. Was staying with a couchsurfing host for a couple of nights, and we went to a cool bar with an impressive jazz band playing, and they had Uno, which we of course tried out. Was fun, but it took forever. Uno, seriously…

in lagoon
We also went on a trip to the Apoyo lagoon. It was a pretty and calm place, and reminded me of the lakes in Sweden.
Laguna de Apoyo Selfie
We swam a lot, and then sat down looking out over the water, and spent minutes in silence to just enjoy the tranquility.
Managua gang
The gang!

I also met up with a long-time fan of my music, and he had been excited to meet me now that I would end up visiting his city in frikkin’ Nicaragua.

mario kart
We ended up being a whole bunch of people playing Nintendo Switch, and it was a lot of fun! First I owned at Mario Kart, Arms and Snipperclips, then I ended up last at Just Dance.
Just Dance
When it was time to get to the airport at night, they were kind enough to drive me! It was a great ending to my Central American trip.

Trip summary

biking summary

If you are new to this blog, I recommend that you read in the right order, by clicking right here.

– Days: 45
– Biking distance: 1226 km (Plus another 800 km or so by car/bus)
– Countries: 6 (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua.)
– Total expenses: $535 USD (Plus roughly $100 for the bike)
– Tire changes/repairs: 3
– Times robbed: 0
– Times I’ve met mean people: 0

General stuff:
– Worst accident: Lost my credit card at the very beginning.
– Luckiest accident(s): All the ones I avoided and didn’t die.
– Happiest moment: This won’t make sense, but I was simply biking, being in the moment with no worries or pressure about the future. And I felt happy. I don’t think I’ve experienced a pure feeling like that before.
– Worst moment(s): All those times I was completely out of energy and had to just sit down on the road and rest, wondering how the heck I’d be able to reach my destination.
– Newest and most interesting experience: When I didn’t have enough cash to enter Belize, and spent an hour trying to sell my shoes and jacket to locals. I got a sense of what it’s like to be poor and needing to bug people in order to survive!
– Most awkward moment: I was hanging out a little bit with a Brit in Guatemala, and he had briefly mentioned a girlfriend. When we were swimming in the lake, I teased him a little about why he’s out traveling the world instead of being with his girlfriend! He got very serious, and I realized something had gone wrong. “Was this a sensitive topic?” I asked, and after a long moment, he revealed that they did start their trip together, but it hadn’t worked out and she had gone on her own towards Mexico. He then swam away out into the sea and I never saw him again. Oops!

Fight, countries, fight:
– Nicest people: Honduras
(Because it’s the only place where each city had people willing to hang/host me!)
– Least nice people: Guatemala
(Not a single host, though of course they may have been nice in other ways.)
– Nicest place to bike: Guatemala
(Beautiful landscape, not too hot, not too tiresome.)
– Worst place to bike: Honduras
(Maybe because I biked through the central mountainy areas, because that was just impossible!)
– Nicest hosts: I have to make this one a tie, between the family in Belize, and Ana Lucia and her family in Honduras. They both made me feel like home, and I hope we’ll meet again some day!
– Best food: The only thing that really stood out was the first meal I had after entering Honduras; tajadas with vegetables and chicken. It was amazing. Also there was an unusual burrito in Siguatepeque that was really good, also in Honduras. Ooooh, and the pizza at the beach restaurant in Belize! I might pick that one as number 1!

It’s surprising, but I think Honduras might have won!

And that’s the end of the blog! Thanks for reading, and I hope someone will find some useful information among all the posts. And that you’ve been decently entertained. If you have any questions, feel free to ask! 🙂 Maybe I can add more details to this post if it makes sense.

Bye!