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Alcohol in Nicaragua

The popular and local beverages in Nicaragua

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Many of you have been curious about what the most popular alcoholic beverages are in Nicaragua. If you guessed that locals don't drink alcohol you are wrong. The most popular liquor amongst both visitors and locals is Rum. The more luxurious brand of rum is called Flor de Caña (shown in video above). It comes in both white and brown. The brown is a bit more expensive at 240 cords ($10.43) for a liter while the white is only 180 cords ($7.83) for a liter and 295 cords ($12.70) for a handle. Many locals and backpackers choose to buy a rum called Joyita which is served in a plastic bottle. This only costs 17 cords $0.74 for 365ml but it has a bit of an extra burn. Quinn has enjoyed taking advantage of ladies night every Wednesday and Tuesday where she can get unlimited rum drinks for two hours at different bars for free.

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The most popular beer, and our personal favorite, is called Toña (tone-yah). This beer can be found in all bars sold for about $0.86 per bottle depending on what time it is purchased. The beer is also sold at markets for $1.74 per liter. The beer is delicious. It tastes a little bit darker then a Corona, more similar to a Pacifico yet it maintains its own unique flavor. We enjoy it most with a lime in a beer glass. There are other beers here but so far we haven't been big fans. If taste isn't your top priority and you're just looking to get the job done, then these cheap beers are your best options as they only cost $0.43 per pint.

Overall the drinks are great, cheap and fun and best served on the beach overlooking a red sunset.

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Traveling to Nicaragua

A Short Edited Video Showing the Journey Of Nicaragua

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First Video Update from Managua

Laying by the pool at our hotel in Managua, Nicaragua

Day 1 on our adventure in Nicaragua. First stop, Managua.

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Experiencing Managua

Traveling to the Managua Bus Station

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We both sat there, in complete silence, just taking everything in. Sounds, smells, sights... everything. "I can't wait to read what you write about this," JB says laughing. All I can do is sit there in complete awe. We're sitting towards the back which was already completely crowded in the aisles with bags of food and clothes that were being taken down south to sell at another market. Jonathon and I were crammed in our two seats along with all of our luggage, but we were just happy to have it all safe with us, despite the lack of leg room. A woman missing her two front teeth came up to us with about 6 different sodas and pushed them in our face asking if we wanted to buy them. Although it was a scorching 90 degrees outside and about 5 degrees hotter inside the bus, we declined. She just stood there and keep repeating herself, as if our "no" meant "maybe, just try to convince us". We kept saying no, she kept asking... more forcefully each time. Jonathon, being the extremely patient man he is, kindly and firmly said no one last time with a smile on his face and she finally gave up. Right behind her was another man selling sodas as well. We declined, thankfully he wasn't as persistent.

I look out the window and see trash everywhere on the ground. Just as I'm processing the immense amount of garbage on the ground, I see a girl my age drop her soda in a plastic bag on the ground before she boards her bus to Leon. Well that explains why--very different than our eco friendly California home. Beyond the garbage is a huge market full of everything from fruit, veggies, ice cream and candies to dresses, shoes and handmade purses. Jonathon spots a stand selling fresh mangos slices in a bag and we instantly wonder how much a bag of pre sliced mangos costs. JB runs off the bus to grab a bag. As he's gone, an emaciated young boy slowly walks on the bus and asks the woman in the first seat with her baby for money. He's not selling anything, so I wonder what he's saying to her. Then, he lifts his shirt up. There's a large yellow tube coming out of his very tiny stomach just below his bony ribcage. I want to cry. He looks so sad and hungry. I know that this is how he makes money, but I can't comprehend how bad it has to be for him to have to walk on buses and beg for money by pulling up his shirt. The woman gives him one cordoba ($0.04) and he continues to walk back towards me. He pulls up his shirt and says something in Spanish to me. I shake my head no, look down and choke back the tears. If I had any money on me at all, I would have given him something. But I had nothing-- for my safety. All I can say is "Lo Siento".

As he heads off the bus, JB is back with the mangos. 7 cordobas for the bag ($0.29). The mangos look great and as he opens it I noticed white crystals on the pieces. "What is that?" "I think it's salt, I told them only a little bit." We both grab a piece with salt on in and make the same face. Yuck. Not getting salt in the mango bags again. Despite the salt, the mango slices are amazing and just what we were craving. Another man comes up to us offering us sodas and we finally give in-- 10 cordobas. People outside of the bus start yelling at us inside, trying to sell us food and drinks through the windows. We are completely surrounded and overwhelmed.

Finally, the bus starts and the floor beneath us shakes. Door closes. I feel a sense of relief come over me because the heckling and selling is over. Or so I thought.

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Public Bus from Managua to Rivas

The Mobile Market

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The bus slowly backs out and is being directed by two men outside who are barefoot. Just as we pull onto the road, a man gets up from his seat and starts yelling out some sort of presentation. He's selling a pen with features like a calendar which extends on the side and a flashlight. Unique. And relatively expensive at 50 cords for a weird pen ($2.14). He continues to pull out more items for the next 15 mins such as rings and coloring books. "This is really entrepreneurism in its most basic form." JB says. Interesting thought: because there are very few jobs in Nicaragua, the country has indirectly forced many of these people into creating their own little businesses. He finally sits down, after making a couple of sales, as we make our first stop. A women with a large basket of sweet bread on her head boards the bus. She hands the bus driver a piece in return for letting her board the bus to sell her bread. The bread looked amazing. So good, we had to try it. "Cuantos cordobas?" "Diez cordobas ($0.42)." Jonathon is in heaven. Happily, he pays the woman and she quickly moves on to make another sale. The big piece of sweet bread is just as delicious as it looks and is the first substantial thing we've eaten all day.

The wind feels amazing on our faces with the window down. The air smells like fresh rain and a hint of smoke. An odd combination but nice nonetheless. Outside are several fires on the side of the road to burn the excess vegetation on their property. As the bus merges into a large circle roundabout on the highway, I look down at the car just inches away from us and see a little boy standing up on the passenger seat holding the coat hanger. So dangerous, we literally almost hit that car. I feel my hands clinched into fists around the backpack and realize I can release them. These highways are crazy--no lanes, speed limits and lots of unnecessary honking.

At our next stop, the bread woman gets off as another man boards and gives the bus driver a Coca-Cola. This bus driver is getting hooked up. This time, it's movies that are being sold. Hundreds of DVDs. The first one the guy offers us is The Avengers. So that defies the rumor of Nicaragua not having any new movies. We can get any movie that just came out in the states on a bootleg DVD for 20 cordobas. $0.85. Crazy.

We start seeing lots of palm trees and less buildings. We're finally getting out of Managua and it feels so good. It's quieter. It's cooler. It's more colorful. We look at each other and smile. Can't wait to get to the beach. All of the sudden we come to a stop. The bus driver yells at me and Jon to get off so we grab our stuff and shuffle down't the aisle.

We get out and realize that we're not even at beach yet. We're in Rivas. About 20 miles away.

Shoes in Managua

Shoes in Managua

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