Sat 21 Nov 09 - Sat 21 Nov 09 85 °F
I flew into Managua Airport. Luke had been in Nica for about a week now and the day I arrived he was in Granada. The plan was to take a taxi to Managua then take a bus from Managua to Granada which woulda cost about $1. With my luck I arrived at the Airport just to find out that there's a serious political protest that same day. Everyone warned me from going into the capital so my only option was to take a taxi directly to Granada. I wasn't too happy about that. The price I was quoted by taxi drivers was $45. No way I was going to pay that much for a taxi in Nica. For that price I'd rather go to Managua and participate in the protest. I finally managed to bring the price down to $25 for an hour ride to Granada. I followed the taxi driver outside the airport to some side road where his beat up car was parked. It had a taxi sign on the roof. It felt a bit shady and it got even more shady when he took the sign down and tossed it in the backseat. I stayed calm and off we went. We passed a few towns that I recognized from the bus route that I was supposed to take so I felt more comforted. If this old man wanted to rob me he woulda done it by now. The fact that some other traveler told me about his story getting robbed on a taxi didn't help but at that point I felt pretty safe.
On the way to Granada I noticed that Nicaragua is so vividly green but far more flat than Guatemala. I kinda liked the crazy terrain of Guatemala. I also noticed that Nica felt much quiter and emptier than Guatemala. I chatted with the taxi driver about my observations and he seems to agree with me for the most part. He said Nicaragua is very calm generally and safer than other Central American countries. I couldn't help but to notice that his accent was a bit difficult to understand. After a few days in Nicaragua I realized that it wasn't the driver's accent it was the Nicaraguan accent. For some reason they don't like to pronounce all the letters, don't say much and when they do they speak very softly.