After an 11 hour bus ride from San Jose during which my appalling Spanish made the border crossing somewhat more complicated than necessary, I finally arrived at about 3pm. I wandered around, largely just making random turns until I found a hostel called El Albergue.
I chatted to some of the guys and we headed out to grab dinner from one of the street carts. This was delicious and the whole meal cost me about $1.20! Nicaragua is a lot cheaper than Costa Rica. On the way home I bumped into a trio of Australians I'd first met in La Fortuna. They invited me in for a Nica Libre (a new take on the Cuba Libre which is apparently 80% rum). I may have had a couple and woke up the next day feeling less than peachy. This meant I wasn't quite up for exploring the city but a trip to the beach sounded right up my alley.
Three of us hitched a ride on the back of a truck which was incredibly fun and the wind made the heat a little more bearable, which helped my hangover.
The beach was idyllic and I had a well deserved break in a hammock with some fruit salad. I took occasional dips in the ocean and generally lazed about until we decided to get some food. We found a place just down the road which had a dirt floor and a parrot guarding the door but it looked like it had tasty food. I ordered some fish which came whole - not a style I have eaten before!
|These horse-and-carts were incredibly common! Not just as a tourist trap.|
|And I saw this shop! Had to be included!|