|© 2014 Terrell Neasley|
For the first time since I started this blog in 2007, I went a whole month without a post. I would say that from mid-November til the end of the year was a blur. And by blur, I mean, as in the interior of a tornado. I simply could not keep up and looking back, I needed help so many times and should have gotten some. But I didn't. My bad. Things were actually supposed to slow down around the 1st of December. BUT, I ended up getting ill, was on my back for the good part of a work week, and then was like a walking, coughing zombie for the next week. Despite that, I had put in notice, a month earlier, on the apartment where I lived and ended up moving as soon as I could get out of bed. I moved myself since I didn't want to get anyone else sick.
|Bus stop in Rivas. Just pullin' in. © 2014 Terrell Neasley|
|Bus stop in Managua. Roberto Humbres Marcado.|
© 2014 Terrell Neasley
Maybe its just me, but I would think a place promoting national tourism would make things as easy as possible for foreigners to get to their destinations safely. Specifically, I would have appreciated better signs directing me where to go as you exit the airport. Maybe in information desk could be helpful. But most importantly, a way to make things easier and safer to select a taxi. There were people all over the airport exit soliciting taxi services. But you really don't know who is really a taxi driver or not. I was approached by one taxi driver and was offered a ride for $20, but I wanted to wait and kept walking. I settled on another ride for $12 after his series of offers and my counter-offers. After we settled, his car wasn't on the curb lined up with other taxis. Nope. I followed him across the street and into another business parking lot where he said it was cheaper parking. But all was well. He was helpful in informing me about places of interests and precautions as we drove maybe 20 minutes to my hotel.
|Managua. Locals on New Year's Eve © 2014 Terrell Neasley|
I spent my New Year's Eve with some locals I met on a corner down the street. The plan had been to visit a local club I had been told was a good spot to get pics of the celebrating. I stepped outside and saw some fireworks in the distance just a few blocks away. So I delayed the call for a taxi and checked it out. I was able to ingratiate myself with the family and friends who were celebrating. NOBODY spoke English, but they insisted I take their pictures and I did. I decided to stay with them instead of heading to the club and it was a great choice. So instead of celebrating with champagne, I was toasting the New Year drinking a coke out of a sandwich bag with a straw tied off at the top of it. It was a good evening.
|Luis y Laura, Your Friends at Hotel El Gueguense © 2014 Terrell Neasley|
So now I am in San Juan del Sur and will be here for a while learning Spanish. I just completed my first week in school. I'll tell you about my day two near death experience next time.