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The Land of Butterflies and Rain

Making our way through Ometepe

rain 24 °C
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From the largest city, Moyogalpa, we have traveled (by rickety bus) across this small island to Playa Santo Domingo, which is located just north of Santa Cruz.

This is a very small town (population 46 we estimated) with an ideal view of the eastern side of Lake Nicaragua.

We rented some bikes to travel to El Ojo del Agua (Eye of the Water).

This is a famous mineral spring that has miraculous healing powers. It makes women look 9 years younger and bald men leave the waters looking like Bob Marley (or so the proprietor said). Kevin has had three haircuts since our visit and people have been asking him why his daughter isn't in school.

The next stop was Finca El Zolpilote, which is a small communal farm just north of Balgue that focuses on growing fruit, vegetables, distilled liquors (like lemon grass and chocolate-coffee), and has on site a fantastic oven in which they make pizza three days a week. We are eagerly awaiting Tuesday when we can feast!
Jan, since you requested it, here is a vid of the composting toilets and outdoor showers!

It has been raining so much that we have had to cancel our hike up the volcanoes. Our trip to the waterfall near San Ramon may also have to be postponed. But we are finding there is still fun to be had and broke the monotony last night by heading to another communal farm to watch "Some Like it Hot" dubbed in Spanish.

Here is a "monkey-raccoon" creature we saw at Finca Magdalena, a communal coffee farm where we had lunch one afternoon.

At each hostel/hotel we have visited I have had to ask if there is a refrigerator on site so I can store my injections. Inevitably, I have the question asked, (in Spanish), what are these for? Kevin reminded me yesterday that I'm not going to make any friends if I just point to my head and say, "Tengo una problema con mi cabeza" (I have a problem with my head). So I'm going to have to do some research to learn how to say, "I have a big problem with my head." I am hoping to have that sentence completed by the time we hit Panama in a few weeks!

Posted by ebmarnp 14:39 Archived in Nicaragua

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My advice is to bathe in the mineral springs while drinking the lovely liquors as much as possible, then you will have "No problema" with your head! Cannot wait to see the pictures.

by Ellen

Could you please bring me back some of that mineral water? Maybe some for David too...wonder what he would look like with hair? Miss you! Kim

by Kim

I didn't expect to hear from you from there. Sounds like you are having a great time. Any place to skype from?

by jan Owen

Sounds like you're experiencing "Some Like it Wet!" Glad it's not dampening your spirits. Intrigued by the somewhat sexist mineral waters--not sure looking like Bob Marley equates to looking nine years younger. I have to concur with your Mom's advice. Also, "za" three times a week is right up my gustatory alley! Enjoy and be well.

by Ed

How amazing your trip is. I love reading about it. I agree totally with your mom. Love her sense of humor!!!! Hugs to you both.

by Judy Wright

Don't forget to include that you got it from your Father

by Dad

I am really enjoying reading about your adventures! Be safe and keep on shinin'!!

by Brenda

Let's hear it for Fathers, the unsung heroes!

by Ed

Kim: Would have loved to bring some back but the magical properties of the water are only activated if you bathe in it, apparently ;)

by ebmarnp

Jan: Skype was sadly impossible where we were! Now that we are actually in a city, we will be sure to give all family members a ring to prove that we haven't gone feral... yet!

by ebmarnp

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