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The Brew Crew

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As Rach and I had done such a terrible job of exploring while we were there and the others hadn’t been we all (minus ben and jake) decided t head back to Grenada. There is an active volcano there and you can do a tour to see inside it which we were all really keen to do! Rachel being the greatest organiser there is sorted us out a private tour (for $18 each) to take us up to the volcano and back into town. Our tour guide and driver were amazing. Some of the other girls had done the tour before and said that it was ok but a lot of waiting around and pretty boring. We had the total opposite experience.

We got our driver to stop at a shop on the way up where we bought a bunch of beers and snacks. The actual drive isn’t that far but there are loads of people going there and they limit the number of people at the top at 1 time so there is a bit of a line. It didn’t really bother us as we had beer and good music! We ended up having a bit of a party in the taxi/van and were almost dissapointed when we got to the top and had to get out.

Drinks in the taxi on the way to the Volcano

The volcano, called Masaya, was incredible! We managed to push our way to the front and had an amazing view the whole time we were there. It was so mezmerising looking into the volcano and seeing lava/magma bubble away. We could have stayed there all night if we had been allowed and had more beer! Thankfully our taxi driver stopped on the way back so we could grab some more. It was def a highlight of the trip and I would highly recommend it to anyone going to Nicaragua!

Looking into an active volcano!!

That’s the shot!

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It was finally time to leave the party town and give our livers a rest. Jules Marnie and I jumpped on a rickety old boat and headed over to the island Omatepe. It was a pretty rough and wet trip so we were all pretty excited to get off the boat. The rest of the crew were heading over later as Rach still had a shift to do at Casa. We headed to the hostel to try and secure some accomdation for the 7 of us. Thankfully there were exactly 7 beds left at the hostel but Jules and I had to take one for the team and stay in a private room. It was so nice to have a room to ourselves that was quite!! Such a difference from Casa. We really didn’t get up to much on the first day on the island. We mainly just chilled at the hostel in this cool treehouse.

The next morning we were up for an early start. Marnie, Jules and I had booked onto a horse ridding trip along the beach. Our horses (sorry ponies) were tiny! We all were experienced riders so really we just wanted to go galloping along the beach. For the first half of the ride it was pretty hard to get them to do anything. We walked and sometimes trotted along a not so nice beach. After 45mins or so we decided to turn around and back towards the hostel. The horses finally got their butts moving and we finally galloped along the beach. It was good fun but not as amazing as the time kirsten and I werein Costa Rica.

Jules and Marnie on their ponies

That afternoon the rest of the crew joined us and we all hired mopeds to hoon around the island. The Motley Moped crew was formed. I had to ride on the back of Rach’s bike as I lost my license when I lost my wallet and also am a shit moped driver as I discovered in Vietnam. Jules and Marnie were also sharing as Marnie had to leave that afternoon. Our crew consisted of The Girls, Rob, Ben, Jack, Michael and Johannas. It was so much fun. We went down some dodgy roads at the start which our little mopeds struggled to handle and thought it was better to stick to the paved roads.

Motley Moped crew!! 🏍

We went and checked out Ojo de Agua which is a spring fed pool. It was very pretty but there were loads of people there ao wasn’t super relaxing. We went for a swim and grabbed some lunch and then decided to jump back on the mopeds and start hooning around again. I wish we could say we had no accidents but towards the end of the day when we were dropping Marnie off, Jules and her had a little tumble and ended up braking one of the mirrors off the moped. I think they had to pay a little fine and poor Marnie grazed the side of her leg. We didn’t think it was too bad but it ended up getting infected and she had to go to hospital… :-/ thankfully she was on her way home so didn’t have to go to a Nicaraguan hosptial!!
We ended the evening drinking beers and watching the sunset behind a volcano and competing to see who could get the best photo. Of course I think I got the best one!!

Drinking beers watching the sunset

That’s the shot!!

Karaoke on a Tuesday….

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It was onto another chicken bus and off to another city! Our group of 10 had widdled down to a megar 2. Dos Raquels were on tour! We were in the city of Grenada. It was nicer then Leon, in my opinion, but still not the nicest of cities. We were pooped and feeling grose after our shitty bus trip. We had been cramed on this tiny minibus that at first we thought was luxury for just $1. Ac and all. We soo realised why it was so cheap when they proceedes to cram as many people ad they possibly could. I had this fat ass womans boobs squashed against my face for the whole hour trip while Rach had her ass.

After checking into our hostel we decided we deserved a drink so headed into town to grab a beer and some food. The night somehow quickly escalted to a massive night out (I blame Rachel and her obsession with karaoke)! After a delicious dinner we set off to find a karaoke bar. Suprisingly there was one on a Tuesday night. We were the first ones there so settled in with some massive passionfruit cocktails. Finally some other people began to rock up and the karaoke began! They really didn’t have much of a selection of english songs but we made to. After listening to the locals belt out terible spanish balads from the 80s (judging by the film clips) rach was up singing bohemian rapsodey. I don’t think the crowd was too impressed but she was having a great time.

We ended up making friends with some locals there. One of them was either a very flamboyant gay guy or a guy going through the transition. Either way he was super nice and an amazing singer. It was finally my turn to sing, like a prayer by Madonna. I was so drunk at this stage though I couldn’t really see the words so kinda just slurred my way through it.

*I didn’t take any photos at the karaoke 😦

The next day I was sooooo hungover but we were going to a party in a tree house so I needed to recover quickly. Richard and James from utila were coming to meet us to come to the party too. I was still nursing my god awful hangover when we had to go and get the shuttle out to the treehouse. We were staying the night there so decided to go early. The treehouse was super cool. It even had a resident howler monkey. Rach and the boys started drinking straight away but I still wasnt up for it. After another spew, some food and a quick nap I was back in the game.

We were all given costumes that they had bought at an op shop in town. I think we kinda lucked out as our costumes were pretty shit. James was in a long nighty, Richard had green stripy pants and a white ruffled top (he prob looked the best), Rach had another nighty thing and I had a top that looked like a nurses outfit. The night was pretty fun but not the greatest party I have ever been too. By 12 Rach was smashed and I had to put her to bed which was a challenge as the stairs to the dorm room were deadly! I also got bed bugs here which put a massive damper on the night!!

Richard being sexy in his outfit

Sexy top!!