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The end of Nicaragua and the beginning of Costa Rica!

sunny 28 °C

We took a bus around to the nicest resort in san juan del sur, started drinking, went to another hostel called naked tiger, saw the sunset, kept drinking and went to another hostel Pachamama to finish up and keep drinking. it was so much fun i have no words... met so many awesome people ;)

Monday 23.12.13
This day was largely spent moving all our stuff to a cheaper hostel along with about 15 other people. Since it was christmas and newyears the prices at most hostels were doubling and no one could afford it. Sara, a girl we met at Casa de Oro (the first hostel) had spent a day searching and found one for 7 dollars! When we arrived to Surfing Donkey it was quite funny, a bit like a school camp. There were 2 dorms with about 16 beds in each all wooden and looked pretty much never slept in. There were cobwebs in all the rafters. there was also a tiny kitchen, pretty gross pool and a dubious 2nd story patio. I loved it. then we all took a shuttle to Hermosa beach and spent the day reading, swimming, playing soccer and watching the sunset. It was a lovely chilled day.

Tuesday 24.12.13
So this is the day most people in other countries celebrate christmas so Sara and Karen decided they would cook a big family dinner at the hostel and another girl Monique and I decided we would decorate! Sara and Karen went with the owner of the hostel to the local market and Monique and I went with 2 guys to Rivas to pick up decorations. The 4 of us hopped in Joes car (a canadian guy who had driven all the way down in a destroyed VW that didnt have a speedomoter and the alternator was held together with a coat hanger) and drove to Rivas. We got stopped by the police on the way and my heart stopped. They wanted to see Joes documents but he had left them in the hostel after his other backpack got stolen from his car. Luckily Marcus (the other guy) knew a bit of spanish and they let us through. Honestly though, i think it is because we didnt know enough spanish that they let us though because they could be bothered haha

We made it to Rivas and found a Piñata, stuff to hang up and balloons and the guys found SO MANY fireworks. It was such a fun, spontaneous, strange thing to do. Only when travelling. We got back home and started blowing up the balloons and the guys set off some fireworks. And then at about 6.30 it was dinner time! we had mashed potato, steak, salad, and salsa. as well as free drinks that was included with our donation to the dinner. After dinner we did the piñata and it was honestly so funny, i laughed the entire time. everyone who attempted it was drunk, nearly fell over and nearly fell into the pool. Again, words cant describe.

Went out again and kind of joined the pub crawl, but one girl knocked stuff over and we got kicked out of the 2nd bar, I had a great time for the most part but overall i think most people had what i would definitely describe as an interesting night, and not necessarily good

Wednesday 25.12.13
Id love to say this day was spent relaxing and getting over a hangover, but i love the the truth even more. I woke up feeling SHIT and got breakfast with David and Daniel but could only manage iced coffee. Got back to the hostel and people were like DRINK to feel better! so i did. So christmas day was spent on the beach drinking away our hangover! i did manage (a desperately needed) 2 hour nap but one guy fell asleep on the beach and people covered him in sand, put a rum bottle in his hand and took photos. When he woke up he was still so drunk he really didnt care, but it was very funny! we all went out for dinner which was unaminously pretty terrible and then tried to go out. I made it til about 11 and then thought i was halluncinating i was so tired. Martina and Ellen kept on partying though and i heard them come in at 5am, troopers!

Thursday 26.12.13
This was the day it was time to leave. Id had enough and another girl whod had a shitty christmas eve wanted to leave. Luckily Joe with the car wanted to go to costa rica too so he drove us down to the border. I have to say i shed a tear for leaving Nicaragua and all the amazing people i had met :( it was very hard saying goodbye, but i couldnt stay any longer either. Its strange how much of a connection i felt i had to people id known for a week..!

So we got to the border and joe didnt want to take the car over because he had to register it and it had to make it out of Costa Rica, which he seriously doubted it would. So after we got our departure stamps he disabled it in the car park. We were all leaving something of ourselves in Nicaragua (ew this sounds so lame). Joe was super paranoid that someone saw so we legged it to the costa rican side and made it though. 6 hours later on a bus and we made it to San Jose, checked into our hostel, had maccas for dinner and i fell asleep at about 9pm

Friday 27.12.13
I had always wanted to go to nothern costa rica to do activities so i headed back up. Caught a bus at 6.30 and arrived around 11.30. Luckily i met some newzealand-costa rican people who had booked a hostel for 4 people, but one had pulled out, so i went with them and got a bed super easy! was planning on just relaxing but i really needed a distraction from homesickness and generally not feeling great so i signed up for a canopy/ziplining tour! There were 14 lines, the longest normal one being 600 m, a tarzan swing, rappel and then a superman zipline where you are attached on your back and feet and literally fly like superman for 1 km. It was NUTS!!!! That evening i cooked for myself and had carrots and brocolli!!! such a relief to have vegetables!

Saturday 28.12.13
Again, woke up today feeling pretty sad so i distracted myself by going canyoning! we abseiled down through 7 waterfalls, the tallest of which was 40 metres! i have photos but i cant upload them quite yet.. i think ive found my new passion!! i really loved it. I was with 2 other US girls and so we decided that we would get lunch and then go horse riding. We waited a good 40 minutes for lunch and nearly missed the shuttle but it was a delicous burrito. Got to the horse riding ranch and pretty much walked for an hour and half and i was so bored. The views we beautiful but walking is painful! we stopped for sunset which again, was stunning, and then hopped back on the horse. and then we pretty much didnt stop cantering and galloping for half an hour. IT WAS CRAZY!! i feel like i keep using the words fun and love, but they really accurately describe my life at the moment!! So i had a fantastic day today. Tomorrow im hoping to go canyoning again in a different park and then on the 30th off to Manuel Antonio. Ive met some people who are going there and are staying in the same backpackers as me, so i wont be alone for new years, yay!!!

Posted by alexD 16:21 Archived in Nicaragua

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