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Leon, Monday, 18 November 2012 to Friday, 23 November 2012, Day 139 to Day 143

Bike parked at the bar whilst bossman is trying yet again to learn Spanish 🙂

Studying Spanish at Dariana Spanish School back on Saturday 🙂

So what have I been up to this week well truth be told I have sort of grounded to halt must be the heat because I do not recall doing a lot this week. As soon as I crossed the border into Nicaragua the sun came and it’s been extremely hot and sweaty ever since making doing anything a chore so slowly slowly is the order of the day.

  • Dariana Spanish school. Back to the books again I am determined to get better at Spanish well as determined as you can be when its hot and there are lot of siesta’s needed to get you through the day. I went to the school on Monday morning and started my lesson with David that afternoon. There was huge American group still in on the Monday and Tuesday so no homestay available for me so I stayed put in the dorms in the Viavia not to conducive to learning but the cleaner Marie Therese did help me a bit with my homework. David is a young 26 old Nicaraguan lad who has only been teaching for 2 years and he does not speak a lot of English but we had a fun 5 days I am not saying my Spanish is much better but I did enjoy myself and that is the reason why I am doing this trip. I think my Spanish is a tad better but like any language it is just a case of practice practise and put the work in. I did 2 afternoons and 3 mornings 20 hours and a bit of homework in total only me there for the 1st 3 days and at the end of the week 2 others joined so very quite in comparison to the Antigua Spanish School. So a big thank you to David I really enjoyed my week with you.  I even got a certificate 🙂

    David great teacher and Nicaraguan History story teller

  • Story of Nicaragua. On our first lesson David took me into town to show me the Murals and he gave me an excellent history lesson and story on Nicaragua and explained the symbolism in the pictures. Fascinating stuff I knew bits and pieces but I never knew the whole story it looks like they have been screwed over by the Spanish then by the Americans paranoid about communism and then protecting there interests in the Panama. Hopefully they are on the right path now well rid of the imperialist colonists and making a go of it with out to much interference from the outside world if that’s at all possible in today’s world. From what I have seen it is a nice country and nice folks.(Please note this was all done in Spanish so I must be getting a bit better)

    Great murals especially if you know the story behind them thanks again David

    After revolution life goes on

  • Gouda cheese. The good thing about staying somewhere a bit longer is you can get a nice breakfast rhythm going for me in Leon this was at Pan Y Pan. A French bakery with a French baker married to a Dutch lady whom I met whilst driving my motorcycle through the bar on my first day. So you could get a French baguette sandwich and they had locally made Gouda Cheese, which was very nice. So for 5 days a morning ritual of a cheese sandwich and a cup of coffee in a nice courtyard and then to school. I do miss routine sometimes as I am continually on the move not knowing where I will be the next day so its nice to stay in a one place for a short while
  • As I mentioned in the previous posting there where 4 other motorcyclist staying at the Viavia including me so that is Chris, Chloe, Paul and Daryl and Alex and Andrea who also came round whilst in town so for the first couple of nights I hung out with theses guys swapping tall stories and trying to get as much info on the road ahead as possible with out scaring the shit out of myself. It was a bit quite after they all left but will meet up with 4 of them maybe on the way down to Panama City and definitely on the boat to Columbia

    Daryl getting the bike through the restaurant and bar

  • On Monday there was a trivia quiz night so only me Chris and Chloe left so we had a small team of the 3 of us battling against the huge regular teams. We did not do to bad but not in the prizes (Not even close :-)) These two started in Buenos Aires and are doing the same trip as me but in the opposite direction they have the same issue as me as they will be hitting the weather as they go north like I will be as I go South here is the link to there bog for those of you who like motorcycle blogs interesting reading and this is the territory Phillys is heading into. http://ccgadventures.wordpress.com
  • Saying Thank you not Gracias. Back to Spanish I have a weird block when it comes to saying Thank you. I always say Gracias which is correct however to me this does not sound like thank you or feel like a thank you so I always add on a Thank you and or merci to ensure that I have said Thank you this is totally redundant and confusing I guess it was the way I was brought up and I had please and thank you drummed into me from a young age and its still does not feel right even in a foreign language or as if I omit it I need to avoid the swift clip around me head so I add in a English thanks as well. I guess I was brought up to well as where the clip is going to come from here I do not know but I am still not willing to risk it 🙂
  • One of the things I liked about Leon was that the sirens in the town went of at 7am every morning so folks without clocks and watches knew it was time for work and they went of at 12am for lunch. Not sure if I heard them for the end of the day as well but I thought this was a great idea and a lot of my day was based on these sirens
  • Like I said quite a slow week after school I normally did some homework and hung around Viavia and at about 3pm or 4pm I would venture out as it was slightly cooler and wander all around Leon. Not quite Antigua but charming enough for wandering I enjoyed my time here but I need to be moving south.

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Problem in doing a full week catch up is that I probably missed loads but I guess it could not have been that interesting if I forgotten about it already.

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Curitiba, Tuesday, 19 March 2013,Day 259

Curitiba great Murals and artwork!

After my little bit of wallowing and self pity yesterday I have decided to stick with the original plan and just keep on rolling even though the weather and my mood is telling me to pull the plug earlier but after reviewing the situation I am going to try and relax and slow the pace right down and try to enjoy what is left of my trip so with that in mind I booked another night in Curitiba and after a long leisurely breakfast and instead of chilling and relaxing what does Philly do he goes straight out into town heading for a laundry round the corner and then spends the next 5 hours just walking around it as if he has no idea on how to take it easy. It was not raining and only drizzled every now and again so a lot cooler ideal condition for just wandering. A nice town with some interesting sculptures and murals doted all over the place and an interesting modern art building which looked fantastic.

Modern Art Museum Curitiba

I got back to the laundry place at 3pm and my laundry was supposed to be ready at 2pm but it still was not finished it had just come out of the drier so I am glad I did not turn when I was supposed to be ready. I went back to the hostel to have a bit of a rest and to try and get this bleeding thing up to date so I spent a couple of hours working on this and then of for another wander round town to find some dinner.

  

      

  

Back to the Hostel again working on this and doing some planning for the coming days and then beddy byes so that was a Philly rest and relax day I am going to have to work on my slowing it down skills as this is certainly not taking it easy but very enjoyable day none the less 🙂