After the intense activity of the morning we enjoyed a buffet lunch and a visit to the artisan market in Masaya. After the market we got a nice surprise.
Inside Masaya Market
The Masaya Market has more than 120 different booths and is known throughout Central America for its artisan wares. Shoppers were predominately tourists — very few residents of Masaya shop there — and in some cases, similar or identical items were available at multiple stands.
Some of us bargained for deals, some didn’t buy anything, but everyone seemed to enjoy the place. There were children and old women who held out their hands for money, and about a dozen children who followed us offering “gifts” of palm, in the form of a flower, a cricket or a heart, for example. They hoped for money in exchange for their “gifts.”
It was hard to say no.
Next stop: Catarina. This community had more souvenirs and an AMAZING VIEW. But when we arrived it was raining and we couldn’t see a thing.
Several of us opted to sit and have a coffee at a restaurant, while others browsed in shops and tried again to catch a glimpse of the view.
It worked. We waited long enough to see Laguna de Apoyo, where we swam Jan. 2, the colonial city of Granada, where we will visit next week, and the huge Lake Nicaragua. It was truly stunning.
The view of Laguna de Apoyo and beyond it, Lake Nicaragua.
The bus ride back to Quaker House — a little more than 40 minutes total — turned into an impromptu nap time for about half of the group.
Nap time after a full day.
After dinner today it was time to pack and prepare to leave Quaker House for the community of Matagalpa, then Esteli, El Limon and Granada.
I’m uncertain about when we will again have a reliable Internet connection but rest assured, posts will appear as often as possible.