Off we go...Managua Nicaragua, here we come!


Exterior photo of the hotel, the Real InterContinental Managua at Metrocentro Mall, where we'll stay for two nights, arriving today and departing on Monday.
We've arrived at the Costa Rica's San Jose Santamaria International Airport (SJO).  We have our boarding passes in hand with a relatively easy transition through immigration and security.  With no bags to check the check-in process is simple. 

In most countries checking in online 24 hours in advance and printing a boarding pass is pointless.  We gave up doing so long ago.  Since we usually have bags to check, we receive boarding passes at the same time as we check the bags after only presenting our passports.  No one ever asks us for printed proof of our tickets.

We've located our gate at the end of the long terminal.  At the moment, we're seated in a cafe a short distance from the gate.  Tom didn't order anything and I'm sipping on a Chamomile tea.

The airport in Costa Rica is quite nice with good signage in both Spanish and English.  The transition was smooth.  By the way, the taxi fare from the villa was US $32 (CRC 18,217) with a tip.  The taxi driver avoided the toll road and we arrived in about 35 minutes from Atenas.

In our old lives, the only time we knew much about Managua Nicaragua was the frequent mention of the city over and over again in the news in 1986 in regard to the Iran Contra affair.  We won't get into that here but here's a tidbit of information about the capital city:

"Managua, on the south shore of Lake Managua, is the capital city of Nicaragua. Its cathedral, a shell since a 1972 earthquake, is on the Plaza of the Revolution. Nearby is the tomb of Sandinista leader Carlos Fonseca. The 1935 National Palace of Culture houses the National Museum. Hilltop Parque Histórico Nacional Loma de Tiscapa is known for its crater lake and a huge statue of revolutionary Augusto Sandino.

Area210 mi²

Weather79°F (26°C), Wind SE at 5 mph (8 km/h), 84% Humidity

Local timeFriday 9:36 AM

Population2.206 million (2015)

Founded1819"
We're looking forward to the hotel we selected Real InterContinental Managua at Metrocentro Mall, one of the best in the city which may be found at this link at Hotels.com on our site.  Of course, we'll take photos of the hotel, restaurants, meals and the places we visit while in Nicaragua. 
Most likely tonight, we'll celebrate our anniversary at the hotel's highly rated five-star restaurant, Factory Steak and Lobster.  Although a bit pricey, it's for a special occasion well deserving a special evening. 

Besides, dining in the hotel's famous restaurant might ensure an avoidance of foods I can't typically eat found in Central American restaurants, delicious, I'm sure, but made with grains, sugar, and starchy ingredients. 

I won't have any trouble ordering a juicy steak (rare, please) and a lobster tail with gobs of butter, a vegetable and a salad.  We're both looking forward to the meal, to say the least.  I tried making a dinner reservation from Costa Rica to no avail but once we arrive, we'll take care of it right away.

You can be assured we'll be returning with many new photos and descriptions of our mini vacation in Managua Nicaragua (with the intent of getting our passports stamped allowing us to stay in Costa Rica the remaining three-plus weeks and to celebrate our 5-year world travel anniversary).

Have a lovely weekend.  We'll be back soon!
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Photo from one year ago today, October 28, 2016:

The hotel chef at the Hilton Garden Inn Ngurah Airport in Denpasar Bali made a special spicy sauce to go with my chicken skewers. It was delicious!  For more photos, please click here.

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