Today is our last day in Nica. We decide that we haven't really had enough time to do any actual shopping. Beyond that first day at the Masaya Market, we haven't purchased anything at all and now we decide we must be good American consumers and leave some cash in this country! And now that Ian has spent two weeks here, the hustle and bustle of the market doesn't seem so overwhelming. We head south towards Managua and continue on to Masaya again. We frantically search out our favorite vendors from our previous expedition. I start to get nervous as I can't find the one guy with the best pottery and I don't want to bring home sub-par ceramics. We finally find him and I accidentally buy 4 different pots. And I look over and Ian has done the same. Oh well - they're pretty!
We finally collapse after our shopping at the place our trip started: the smoothie stand at the market. We order exactly what we did 12 days ago and enjoy the cooling effects of the licuados.
Afterwards, we head back to Managua and the Best Western Hotel. We drop off the rental car without any incidents and research a good restaurant for our final dinner. Strangely enough, Nica is known for its excellent steaks. Well, we're from Montana, so we are a bit skeptical if they will live up to our high standards. We take a taxi to the #1 rated restaurant on Trip Advisor (how I love that iPhone app). We haven't really seen much of Managua and now I regret not spending a day here. It seems like one of the better Central American capitals I've seen, which isn't saying much (Guatemala City, Tegucigalpa, Belize City, San Jose ....), but still worth a poke around! We won't get that chance, but at least we get dinner and an awesome taxi driver who watches out for us and takes a few detours to show us some sights we would have missed. Dinner is delectable. Beyond delectable. The service is beyond good and the food is ... life altering ... seriously go to Los Ranchos when you're there. You won't regret it!