Lazy days in Leon

Cuban food.  No idea why there is a leprechaun on the wall.  The frozen mojitos were deadly!

Cuban food. No idea why there is a leprechaun on the wall. The frozen mojitos were deadly!

We’ve spent the last week in Leon, Nicaragua.  I get the sense that Leon is one of those “love it or hate it” towns.  We loved it.  Tourists haven’t completely taken over, people seemed very friendly, there is a grocery store right in the heart of town, and we were able to walk everywhere we wanted to go.  But there isn’t much to do (ok, fine, we intended to visit more volcanoes but were scared off by the difficulty of our “easy” climb to volcano board).

We did manage to visit the museum of the revolution.  It was an interesting experience as our guide (who had fought in the revolution) spoke only Spanish.  Thankfully, Robert could understand most of what he said.  I didn’t understand a word…

We also managed to find our way to the insect museum.  Fine, fine, we thought we were going to an anthropology museum, not an entomology museum, but we enjoyed it nonetheless.  Although some of the bugs that exist in this world are kind of out of this world…

Other than that, we pretty much slept in every day, made our way to the local French bakery most days (where the food tastes good, but isn’t like any French pastry I’ve ever had…I think the climate here just doesn’t do good things to the texture of a croissant), had drinks at our favorite bar right on the main square nearly every night while people watching, and ate all kinds of yummy dinners.

We also managed to spot quite a few cool murals:

Mural in Leon

Mural in Leon

Mural in Leon

Mural in Leon

We enjoyed looking at all the lions around town.

Lion in front of the cathedral

Lion in front of the cathedral

Lion next to the cathedral

Lion next to the cathedral

Lion in the town square

Lion in the town square

And, we even took photos of some of the many churches.

Leon cathedral from the roof of the revolutionary museum (such a shame about the scaffolding)

Leon cathedral from the roof of the revolutionary museum (such a shame about the scaffolding)

Church near our hotel in Leon

Church near our hotel in Leon

Tomorrow, we are off to San Juan del Sur, which is supposed to be a beach party town.  Note we are arriving on Monday, not on the weekend…Apparently, they make an art of Sunday fun day but I’m not sure we are young enough to enjoy it!

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