On March 5th 2018, I walked from my room through the Parque Japones to La Union at 8:00am. I had a breakfast of gallo-pinto, scrambled eggs, and mango nectar for C$42.75 (or around $1.38). This has become my normal breakfast in Managua. I could eat for C$30, but I have a hard time resisting that delicious mango nectar...

This day, I had my camera and some sunscreen and a 1.5 liter bottle of water with me. Right after breakfast, I walked down to the bus stop in front of Metrocentro, crossed the street, and then looked for a bus that would either take me to Ciudad Sandino or else down to Las Brisas (so I could catch another bus to Ciudad Sandino). As luck would have it, a blue bus with orange highlights (the 210) passed by right as I got to the bus stop. I paid C$6, and this bus took me all the way to where I wanted to go in Ciudad Sandino (a neighborhood called La Trinidad). The bus kept going in the direction of Bello Amanacer.

I walked to the old bus turn around in La Trinidad. 20 years ago, it was a big wide open dirt (usually air-born dust) field. Now, it is dominated by a baseball diamond and the streets are paved and wrap all the way around the houses.

I walked the streets that I knew and past the place where I stayed when I lived here. Much has changed, but I can still recognize the house where I lived (now hidden behind another house) and the house where I ate my meals (now with a full wall on the street). It was interesting walking (literally) down memory lane.

I then walked past where my ex-wife lived and out of La Trinidad. I would have taken more photos, except that I was walking around Ciudad Sandino. This town has grown more dangerous since I was last here--and it was considered dangerous even back then. I've mentioned before that I don't take my camera out in Managua (because of the inherent danger), and by this logic I shouldn't have taken it out in Ciudad Sandino either...but I decided to live dangerously this day.

I walked through a market and then past a hospital (where I had volunteered 20 years ago a few times) and then past a cemetery. I entered the cemetery to take a few photos and to look for a toilet. The guard offered me a key to a small bathroom (which was very kind of him), but they didn't have any TP, so I thanked him and told him that I might be back after buying some. I ended up not going back.

I wound my way out of Ciudad Sandino towards the main entrance/exit (with the Sandino statue). My route took me past a large park on a hill.

I climbed up onto the footbridge to take a few photos and then I walked just up the highway to the nearby Tip Top to use the bathroom and to apply sunscreen for the rest of my walk.

My plan (which I realized) was to walk the highway between Ciudad Sandino and Las Brisas (in Managua). I found some nice vistas and a monument to Sandino, and a view over the Managua lake, and some factory ruins, and a small town/neighborhood in a small valley nestled in the mountains that I didn't know were there.

After I cleared the second set of mountains/hills, I dropped into Las Brisas (and familiar territory). I (ironically or not) put my camera away once I got to Managua. I could have (and maybe should have) caught a bus from there all the way back to Metrocentro, but I decided to walk it, because..."what the hell."

I found a new mall in Las Brisas. I walked through it. It has a food court and a movie theater and a casino.

I took a detour to walk to the Lenin Fonseca hospital, because this is the first place that I was taken after I was attacked twice in the space of an hour and left with a head wound, a torn up left wrist (from blocking a rock aimed at my head) and a machete cut across my right hand. I was taken there from in front of the old Velez Pais in the back of an "ambulance" so I wasn't quite sure where it was or how to get there or what it looked like in the daytime.

After walking to Lenin Fonseca, I cut through the streets of Linda Vista and then up to Batahola Norte. I walked the street that hugs the northern end of this neighborhood on past Las Palmas to the main street that runs down to the Oriental. I cut across this street and kept going straight all the way to Plaza Inter. There, I walked past (towards the Oriental) until I hit a street that looked like it might keep going (south) around the Tiscapa lagoon. It did (with a one block jog to the west). I wrapped around Tiscapa and then followed a large street past the new Cathedral (with the domes on top) and on to Metrocentro. I took a brake to eat and (more importantly) hydrate in the McDonald's across the street from Metrocento, and then I made my way back to my room near the Parque Japones.

I mapped out my progress on Google Earth. This ended up being a 22.5 kilometer walk. It's not the most I've walked since I've been staying at this place in Managua (more on those walks later), but it's up there.

I don't recommend walking alone in Ciudad Sandino or in most of the areas that I mentioned in Managua (even during the day), but there is something revitalizing about doing so... I can't recommend walking Ciudad Sandino to Managua either, but I do recommend going out there in a vehicle and stopping along the way to check out the views.