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Off to Leon!
Undiscovered Nicaragua

(Kassi Miller)
We have A LOT of driving to do today. Today will be our longest day. We are essentially going from the south end of the country to the north end, so we expect to spend around 8 hours in the car. It actually ends up taking only 6 or so hours, but we end up having a great adventure along the way.

We end up taking the wrong road from Managua north to Leon. We don't realize this at the time, but a brand new highway was recently built that connect the two cities. And I hear it's a lovely highway. Unfortunately for us, we hear about this supposed highway way too late and we take the old road from Managua to Leon. For anyone who knows, this isn't REALLY a road and no one uses it anymore. Most of it isn't even paved anymore and it goes through the middle of nowhere. Literally, we don't see another vehicle for hours. We find it quite funny that we might run out of gas out here. And then we wonder if the monstrous potholes will ever end and whether we have enough tires for the little rental car to make it to Leon.

And then it ends and we're done with the road from hell. We tie into the nice new highway and it takes about 15 minutes to get to Leon. Oh well, what were we going to do today anyhow?? We get into Leon late and manage to find our hotel pretty easily. This is a great city for walking the streets at night, so we do that a lot! Using trusty Trip Advisor, we select El Mediterraneo for dinner and enjoy our dinner here. The atmosphere is romantic, but there isn't much local about this place.

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