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Matagalpa

a visit to it, if it is Murillo´s, it must be an invaluable painting, local people don´t realized its value. According to a legend, in 1881, the Jesuit fathers, before they were expulsed by the government, gave it "in deposit" (to take care)to the local family Baldizon, that´s the reason "El Lienzo" (the canvas) still is in Matagalpa, because members of that family has not allowed it to be sold or translated to other destiny. Also be sure to visit the Castillo de Cacao located just outside of the city limits, this tiny chocolate factory manufactures high quality chocolate, and if you call ahead, you can arrange a free factory tour. Other things to see or visit: There is a Movie Theater, a Coffee Museum, a Carlos Fonseca Birth Place museum (Founder of the Sandinista Front), the House of former Nicaraguan President ( 1970-1936) Bartolome Martinez (Period 1923-24). Spanish Language Schools in the Matagalpa area *"Matagalpa Spanish School, 505 2 772 0108" *"Viva Spanish School, 505 2 270 2339" *"Los Fernandos, 505 2 772 5459". Phone numbers have an extra digit after the area code(505); "2" for land lines and "8" for cell phones. Trecking There are two main trecking routes that leads to gazebos on the top of the "El Calvario" and "Apante". In the top of Apante a chapel is being constructed for religious purposes. * Apante trail: This trail as a distance of 3.3 km (2.05 mi) and on the route you can see a waterfall produced by the natural river also you can see a variety of flora and fauna. On the top of it you can see the city and a there's also a drop of about 100m. * El Calvario trail: There is no especific trail to it, the most common one is going through the neighborhoods on the hill side which isn't much recommendable due to the delinquency. The most recommendable option is to take a taxi in Morazan Park. On the top there is an atalaya, gazebos, swings and slides. Buy Matagalpa is known for its Indian Community, they are based mostly in El Chile, 18 kiometers from the city on the way to the town of San Ramon. They do their own cottom fabric and leather articles for sale. In Matagalpa you can also find these articles, as well as black ceramic unique in this region. Locally you can buy black ceramic, cowboy boots, guitars and violins local made. Close to the Cathedral there is an oil painting workshop where you can buy oil paintings with local motives like:nice coffee farms, ranches, oxen carts, carrying mules, campesinos, and mountain scenery, for reasonable prices. You can buy local fruits like bananas, pijibay, jocotes, oranges grapefruit, nisperos, mamey, etc. Walk around the town and take nice photographs of oxen carts, cowboys, loaded mules, women wearing their chals (rebozo), men with hats, guitar and violin (Polkas and Mazurcas). Pay them a tip to play you a music, and things that you can not find in your place of origin. Nature here is still like it was 100 years ago. Eat Try the "guirila." It's a thick tortilla made from young corn (which gives it a sweeter taste than normal tortillas) that resembles a Colombian corn arepa. Excellent with a fresh, salty cheese called "cuajada". While in Matagalpa you can eat traditional Indian cuisine, like: * "Nacatamal", it is a banana leave wrap upfilled with boiled Indian corn dough, a piece of meat(pork o chicken),flavoured with olives, raisin, tomatoes, onions and chili. * "Guirila", Indian word for tortillas made of very fresh little corn smashed, they are very tasty and aromatic. * Carne Asada or BarBQued beef or pork meat with roasted corn tortillas * "Platanitos con frijoles molidos", this is fried banana slices with smashed fried red beans. You should add chili to it for they are very tasty. * "Chrurrasco con chimichurri". They serve a big piece of tender BarBqued beef fillet, plus spice vegetable cream, white rice and salads. Accompanied with bread loafs or corn tortillas. * "Pescado a la Tititapa". Favorite of the Gods. Recently fished and fried Guapote (Snapper type fish), bathed on whole tomato slices and onions, served with rice and corn tortillas. Drink You can have a fresh roasted Matagalpa coffee cup cooked in a French brewer, in places like Selva Negra Mountain Resort, Cecocafen, etc. Matagalpa is also called "Capitol of Coffee", coffee growing was brought to Matagalpa by a woman, she was from the Black Forest in Germany, her name was Katharina Braun Elster, she was traveling in 1852 with her husband Ludwig Elster and 2 years old child (Wilhelm) from New York to San Francisco, but they changed plans and came to this mountainous Matagalpa country and bought a little farm (La Lima) from the Indians, she planted the first coffee seads in this region, once harvested their coffee came to be of the country the best quality, they exported it in oxen carts to Granada and from there in boats to Greytown port in the Carbbean,and from there to Germany. Very soon many people followed their steps, and aftee 150 years "Matagalpa Washed Coffee" has become world wide known, thanks to a brave and intelligent woman. If you go to pariso or tequila. Need a taxi number or car from downtown. Pariso 40 c's entrance fee Sleep Matagalpa is the major city in Central Nicaragua, and it has many different kinds of lodging places. You can find little inns from US$7 to more comfortable ones from $15 to $30 per person. In downtown area you find little hotels like: Soza, Moderno, Plaza. Few blocks from Cathedral you will find: *Fountainbleu Hotel *Lomas de Saint Thomas *Wamblam *Ideal *Caoba La Buena Onda Matagalpa - A great new hostel in central Matagalpa, with dorm rooms and private rooms at very affordable prices. Email: labuenaonda.matagalpa@gmail.com In the outskirts of the City you will find Campestre Barcelona (detras de Prolacsa), La Sombra (Carretera a La Dalia), and Selva Negra Mountain Resort ( Km 140 Carrtera Matagalpa a Jinotega), and other smaller ones. The breakfast included program is not much in usage in this area. *


Puno

a 10 Soles entry fee to the islands. The last boat leaves around 4:30PM. The boat takes you to a couple of different islands (there are more than 50) where the island's "president" explains how the islands are built. Everything is made of reeds, including the islands themselves, the people's houses and their boats. * The Islands of Taquile and Amantani where you can sleep over with a local family. * The peninsulas of Chucuito and Capachica that form the right and left


Luang Prabang

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Vang Vieng

100,000 kip checkin checkout content Cheap huts on the ''island'' downstairs with river view. Friendly local family and traditional-style rooms. Mountain view from the wooden porch with hammock upstairs priced at between 40,000-70,000 kip. Breakfast included, tasty food, and free Wi-Fi. *


San Miguel de Tucumán

Murguía. The settlement initially developed as a strategic site on the mule trade route between San Miguel de Tucumán and the silver mines in Potosí, Bolivia. Upbringing and early career Julio Roca was born in the northwestern city of San Miguel de Tucumán in 1843 into a prominent local family. He graduated from the National College in Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Ríos (Entre Ríos Province). Before he was 15, Roca joined the army of the Argentine Confederation, on 19


Antigua Guatemala

culture by staying with a local family here. Arrangements for family stay can be made through a local school, or through local charity that you might volunteer for. Cost of local stay to include room and board ranges from USD65 a week with shared facility to as high as USD150 a week for private shower bathroom. To really get into a glimpse of life in Guatemala, one can sponsor a child through a local charity, like Common Hope, or Mayan


Yazd

hostel close to Yazd, that is right on the Dasht-e-Lud desert. The owner, Masoud, speaks excellent English and a little French, is very nice and very knowledgeable about the area. This hotel offers comfortable beds, a full buffet breakfast, new bathrooms, WiFi, kitchen facilities, dinner with a local family, and camel-riding courses. This hotel is great for both backpackers and traditional travellers looking for a trekking base or an authentic place to relax. There is a bus and train booking


Camarillo, California

in the parade. Community Members come from all over to watch the parade. Notable Grand Marshals have been: *Jessica Mendoza (2012) – Olympic Gold Medal Softball Player *Lisa Guerrero (2011) - TV Personality *Jack Wilson (infielder) (2010) Seattle Mariners Shortstop *The Biggest Loser Winners (2009)- Helen Phillips (Season 7) and Michelle Aguilar (Season 6) *EJ Harrison & Sons (2008) - Local Family Business *Fernando Vargas (2007) - Boxer Camarillo resident Walter Brennan also


Sydney, Nova Scotia

a business as a ship-chandler. In 1834, shortly after his arrival there, he was appointed French (France) vice-consul and also worked as an agent for Lloyd's of London. In 1835, he married Margaret Ann Marshall, daughter of John George Marshall, from a politically influential local family. Together, they would have eleven children. MacDonald made his first radio appearance in 1935 on station CJCB (CJCB (AM)) in Sydney (Sydney, Nova Scotia). The next year he composed his first tune - a reel (reel (dance)) called ''The Red Shoes''. He made his first recording in 1939, including one of his own compositions called ''Lassies of Campbell Street''. MacDonald enlisted in the army in 1940, and saw service in Britain (UK), France, Germany, and Belgium. While stationed at Abergeldie Castle in Scotland he played regularly on the BBC. He also met J. Murdoch Henderson, a Scottish composer and music critic who taught MacDonald. During his time in Scotland MacDonald composed ''Heather Hill''. Joan Jessome, president of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union, told ''The Canadian Press (w:The Canadian Press)'' that the guards refused to show up for their Thursday night shift, and did not show up for work on Friday. Jessome stated that the guards's refusal to work is permitted under the provincial Occupational Health and Safety Act. "What they've done is not a work stoppage. What they've done is exercise their right to refuse to do the work because they believe it's unsafe," said Jessome.


Cochabamba

, particularly cabs, late at night. Stay alert if one stops right in front of you. Cross the street! * When getting into a cab late at night, it is best to call a radio taxi which you can get from friends, a local family, or the hostal you are staying at. If you cannot call a radio movil to pick you up, make sure to take a taxi with a company name on the side and remember that company in case anything happens so that you can report it to them. It is best to ask a hotel, restaurant, bar, or discoteca to call a taxi for you. * On the stairs of the hill "Cerro de San Pedro" have been robberies, some during the day. Take a taxi or the teleferico (cable cars) to the top. * If you are approached by '''plain-clothed''' police officers, don't show any valuables or your passport. Certainly, don't get in a taxi with them as it is a trap. Undercover police are strictly ordered not to hassle tourists. There have been several cases of muggings and things going missing from bags or luggage after "drug searches". Insist on being taken to the police station before giving them access to your things. If you can, call the 110, which is the Bolivian number for emergencies. Take care: an Austrian couple was found murdered in 2006 after following false police into a taxi. A recent twist in the above scam is the involvement of accomplices where they try to befriend you on a bus or a street and when the 'plain clothes' policeman approaches the accomplice claims that the same thing happened to them and that you should cooperate with them. This is a trap and the same scam as described above. (Tried on me 1st march 2012, 3 blocks from the main square, 6AM) * It is recommended to avoid walking the streets even near the main square before banks are open and the police appears on the street. Connect * If you have an unlocked phone, you can purchase an inexpensive SIM card from the three major telecoms, Tigo, Viva, Entel and top up as needed. All of have pre-paid data plans. * The '''Punto Entel''' on the southeast corner of Heroinas and Ayacucho is probably the neatest and best equipped '''internet''' spot. The going rate is 2-3 Bs an hour. * '''Calls''' to landlines in Europe and North America can be had as low as 0,50 Bs a minute. Shop around! * The internet callshop at Av. Heroinas E0151 (Near the corner of Ayacucho) is good for '''Skype'''. Cope *


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