Last week I was in Managua, my second time there. Although work was intense, it was very interesting meeting with different local counterparts to learn how the country is run.
The first 2 days I wasn’t feeling well because I was still exhausted from lack of sleep, and my mouth was uncomfortable because I had a oral surgery before the trip. But overall it was a good trip (minus the fact that I missed Sofia terribly)
Flight meal: salad, vegetarian lasagna and tiramisu. Not bad! 🙂
As last trip, due to the tight schedule I didn’t have time for proper lunch. Instead I had big breakfast, snacked on trail mix and cereal, and had good dinner most of the days.
A big breakfast means: 1 plate of fruit
salad + 2 hard boiled eggs
more fruit and egg and toast with jam and butter
room service dinner
grilled chicken with vegetables.
I find having vegetables while traveling very challenging. The local people don’t eat much vegetables so the menu has few options with veggies.
Another breakfast: fruits
veggie omelette with toasts
No wonder I don’t get hungry until 2 or 3 pm. 😉
This time I got a taste of local street food. There are street venders everywhere selling all kind of local food, most of them unidentifiable. One time I stopped by one because the food he was selling looked like corn and I was right. He had 3 items and I got one each to try.
grilled corn which was so hard that I almost broke my teeth having just one bite
hard boiled corn with salt which is very similar to the corn I have at home
and corn tamale: grounded corn cooked with milk and sugar, usually eaten with dishes
Obviously I like the boiled corn the most and really happy about finding it because that means I could have my favorite food in the world while traveling to Managua as well. And it was so cheap, 0.25 cent each! The next day, I had 3 for dinner! 🙂
One day I had lunch with my colleagues in this very trendy cafe
the decor theme is bamboo
I had the salad and soup combo
I did a bit of tourism too this time. We went to a national park Volcan Masaya. Described by the Spaniards as the gates of hell, the craters that comprise Volcán Masaya National Park are the most easily accessible active volcanoes in the country.
View of the Laguna de Masaya
Visitors can peek over the edge at the Masaya Volcano, and look into the impressive crater, which is continuously emitting smoke and sulfur gases.
due to the smoke, we couldn’t see the crater very well.
Flying back: a nice breakfast (potato, sausage and quiche as main dish)
and a cold salmon salad for lunch
Traveling to one of the poorest country in Latin America is always a reality check. The country lacks infrastructure and people suffer from hunger. Although the hotel meets with the highest international standard which seems an oasis in the desert, the moment I step out, I see what the country is really about. There is so much to be done. Fortunately I know they’re doing the right things to improve the life of millions, I am part of this process which makes my work so rewarding.