Leon had some wonderful old colonial architecture. The Cathedral is being refinished, and the part that is done is brilliant white. There was a heat wave when I was there, and it was hot even for me. I decided I would take a 2 hour bus trip to a small city in the highlands where coffee is grown. Once again a $ .60 bus trip. I was pleasantly surprised to see this country cleans up trash along the sides of the roads. Other places are a mess. Here they have trash bins on the bus, and people use them. Until now everything has just gone out the window. They also use the time card system with buses here. In Guatemala buses race each other – and I heard there were many accidents. In El Salvador, and here, each bus has a time card, and about every 15 Kms. there is a time clock – and they must punch the clock as to the time they go past. These are carefully checked, and if they are caught going too fast, there is a big fine. Simple solution, and it works. Magalapa was a great place to spend a couple of days. Lovely cool breeze. I wanted to tour a coffee fink but could not get it arranged for the time I was there. Hostel had a pet rabbit – he would sit at the gate by the sidewalk, but never go past there. I arrived on a Sat. and it was Mother’s Day. I got a free candy bar when I shopped at the supermarket. The next day I went to see the big Cathedral, and they were handing out roses to the Moms. I went to a coffee shop across the street – I could hear the music from the service. An old gaucho rode up on his horse, tied it to the fence, and went to church. Next stop Little Corn Island.
Basilica Cathedral of the Risky Well Assumption of the Virgin Mary – Leon