Today was my first visit to Nicaragua and it was a great one. First of all the people were very open and friendly. That made the day spectacular. There were amazing photo opportunities… lots of good people shots. We arrived around 0900 this morning and Aart, Yvonne & I left the ship to explore the town of Corinto. It was very lively, colorful anf very friendly. We even took one of the local “taxis”. a bicycle driven transport vechicle around the town. Since it was a very hot day being peddled around wasn’t too bad. I found the town quite enchanting. We went back to the ship, relaxed a while and had lunch before our afternoon tour. At 1:45 we left on a ship’s tour described as: Nicaragua’s Traditions & More—Visit El Viejo town ~ meaning “the old one” that offers authentic culture & known for its wide variety of local foods & the 17th century colonial church known as the Menor Basilica. Witness the splendidly maintained & richly decorated interior. Continue to Chinandega- a colorful town with an impressive colonial church in the middle of the city. The tour was pretty good especially the first part in El Viejo, nice photo opportunities. The day overall was fabulous… hope to return some day. Tonight I had dinner in the Pinnacle Grill with the Hotel Manager, his wife Karen, Aart & Yvonne. It was a fabulous dinner and the company was extraordinary…. Great evening!!!!