The Corn Island flight left bag on 8am after bring told by the taxi driver maybe 8:15, maybe 8:30 with maybe a touch down at Bluefields .. Anyway, the flight was direct and the sky pretty clear so I took a decent photo of Big Corn .

When I arrived at Managua a large group of kids was checking in so I decided to get some breakfast first. Mistake. The breakfast of bacon, eggs and coffee was tasty and at least it wasnt a sandwich. When I went to check in the queue was relatively short and with considerable help I navigated to automatic check-in machine. I had been allocated a middle seat. Bugger! I asked to be moved and was told the flight was full. Shoulda stood in line and checked in earlier. The Miami to Newark flight has given me a window seat. I better not drink too much.

Air side in Managua Airport there is a small café restaurant so it would have been possible to eat here.

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The airport gates are simple but clean and air conditioned without being too cold.

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The “Duty Free” starts at USD30 for the most basic blended whisky so I have given that a miss.
There is no free wifi at the departure gates, only secured wifi that serves the shops, so no browsing of emails while waiting, unfortunately.

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Waiting for the rain to blow over. Well maybe we will wait for the 4pm boat ..

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90 minutes before we were due to take the boat back to Big Corn the rain started, and for quite a while it seemed that it wasnt going to stop. The attached picture doesnt do justice to the heaviness of the rain.
Luckily about 20 minutes before departure time the rain stopped, some blue was in the sky and we dashed to the jetty to get our seat on a very full boat.

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Little Corn

Jun 30, 2013

Or Likkle Caaarn in the local dialect is reached by a speedy launch from Big Corn at some time after the scheduled departure time.
Little Corn is even more a beach paradise and laid back than Big Corn, if such a place is imaginable. All destinations are reached by foot. Make sure you bring low denomination bank notes as it can be difficult to get change for a 10 dollar note.
Steve and I met up with Clifford at the jetty who took us to Graces Place.

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Which is by the beach

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as is everywhere.

Our lodging for $15 per night is a simply furnished shed, with an adjoining toilet shed and shower shed.

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At 1pm we went snorkelling where we met Mike and Erin a lovely young American couple from Arizona. They had driven around Nicaragua for 2 weeks going to similar places to us.
The reef hosts thousands of fish of many sizes, shapes and colours especially blues and vibrant yellows. It is lovely just to float on the surface and sure the fish swim by. The boat went over to a site called the Water Hole where bigger species live. Erin, Steve and myself in turn came back to the boat as we felt anxious although logically we were completely safe. Mike stayed with the other guide and had a (pun) whale of a time. He is an experinced diver and more familiar with the conditions. The boat moved back to shallower waters where one guide took me around and we saw the same (beautiful) fish but swimming in graceful shoals.
Steve was dissatisfied with the pictures from the under water camera but hopefully he has kept a few which I hope to post.
If you do come to Little Corn bring small denomination bank notes and the torch you have carried around Nicaragua but not yet used, some if the paths are unlit at night. Maybe I will become a distributor for the solar powered garden lights sold at B&Q.

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Steve charmed our way into meeting up for dinner with a Texan girl, Jessica, and her mum. He also bumped into Mike, the guy I sat next to in the plane from Managua to Big Corn. So we all met up for a Rondone ? that Jessica’s driver said was a local speciality. Lobster is used when in season, but we had some other fish, still very tasty, coconut rice, and a coconut broth containing casavas, plantain, and bread-fruit. Very tasty and very filling. When back at Big Fish café we say outside and discussed with Alvin, the maintenance guy, Corn Islands slave history and slave liberation. Alvin is a well-informed guy with a deep love of Bob Marley’s music.