01.08.2009 - 02.08.2009
The morning of the 1st of August we all drove to Managua (managing to take the new road this time), on the way to the airport to fly to Little Corn island. En-route we stopped at a set of traffic lights, two kids started washing our windows despite our protests. On our arrival at the airport we found out the young entrepreneurs had in 30 seconds successfully stolen all our indicator lights!
To get to Little Corn we had to take a plane to Big Corn (unoriginal names i know, but Big Corn is the big one and Little Corn the smaller). We flew with Costina Air in a small rickety plane, i am not ashamed to admit we were all a little nervous on take off, but we got some amazing views of the countryside and i survived to tell the tale.
- Costina ticket at the airport
- It got us there and that's what counts!
- View from the plane
- Plane ride
When we arrived on Big Corn island, we jumped in a taxi and got a ride to the docks where we then caught a boat (a particularly rough one) to Little Corn. When we got off the boat i bumped into Shelly and Julie who we met at the Monkey Hut. They were staying at a cheap hotel/hostel run by a Texan guy going by the name, Dustin. Joe, Phoebe and family went to 'Casa Iguana' at the south end of the Island and i went back to the 'Sunshine Hotel' with Julie and Shelly.
I managed to cut a deal with Dustin for renting a room for a week $7 a night for a double bed, ensuite, AC and TV. You have to see the Little Corn with its seaside huts and temperamental generator to realise what a novelty this really is.
That night myself and a few of the other Sunshiners went for food at 'Rose's' a restaurant run by Rose out of her house. We were shortly joined by Joe, Phoebe, Yvonne and Anya. After that we all went back to the bar at Sunshine and then out to the one and only 'club' on the island, you guessed it, a reggae bar.
The next morning we hit the beach on the south east side of the island, the majority of the island is built on the west side so the east side was a bit more clean and scenic. That evening I watched a movie with a few people at Sunshine and then went out for a walk around the island. Whilst on our walk we saw a Caribbean church service, it was great to see how many people from the island attended on a week night. Although thinking back week days dont really mean anything on an island where every day you are pretty much doing the same thing and enjoying it at the same time. As were watching, a kid pushed his way out of the seating and walked down to the front of the church where he stood in the doorway and unashamedly took a wiz out of the front door! After he had relieved himself he walked back up towards the front (whilst hitching his pants up) and sat back down like it was the most ordinary thing in the world. (At least he didn't wee inside!). Another good night on the Corn islands.
- Church service