Pitstop in Nicaragua

We finally got out of Honduras but spent too much time there mainly because of the stubbornness of ex-president Zelaya. Even though he tried to land several times with his chartered jet no airport gave him clearance. We took the chance and got ferried to the mainland on Monday and caught the Tica bus to Tegucigalpa.
The trip took us 7 hours and we arrived in the capital at nightfall. Tegucigalpa looks a bit like San Salvador as everything seemed to be tightly locked down.
We found a hotel guarded by heavily armed troops - not because of the hotel, though, but because the mayor lived in a huge mansion next block. We managed to sleep a few hours before the next bus trip to Managua, Nicaragua the following day. This took us 8 hours before showing up late in Nicaragua's capital. At first sight Managua seems less paranoid with security and therefore more welcoming. We found a really nice guest house to rest our weary bodies after eating at restaurant “The Other Fish”.