Wednesday of Semana Santa week

I was going to post daily Semana Santa updates, but there’s just not that much going on. There are a ton of people coming into town, and tons of preparations for something big. Just not a whole lot happening as of Wednesday night. I went for a 9am stroll on Thursday morning just to get some pictures (too many pick-pockets and thieves out at night during Semana Santa to be carrying anything you’re too attached to). Again, lots of preparations going on, and everyone seems as if they’re into there 3rd or 4th litre of beer for the day, but other than that, it’s just a fun time with a lot of people. No where near the mad-house people were making it out to be. So far we’ve seen, since the beginning of the week: A craps table set up at the...

Gearing up for Semana Santa

One of the reasons we were going to have to leave San Juan del Sur was that Semana Santa (holy week) was fast approaching, and all of the rooms in town have been booked for the past six months, at about five times the price as the rest of the year. Luckily we found a long term rental that just came on the market so we can witness the madness to come. Starting Sunday, April 13 we’re expecting our little fishing village to go from around ten thousand residents, to over 100,000 visitors. The madness will end about 8 days later when everyone leaves after Easter. This town can barely accommodate those of us here; power outages happen nearly everyday, and can last hours, and there isn’t nearly enough water to go around (it can also be shut off for hours at...

A failure as nomads?

We may have failed in our year long odyssey traversing Central America. We found a town we just don’t want to leave. We’ve been to a ton of cool towns on our journeys, but this one, San Juan del Sur, is our favorite. After staying one month we found ourselves paying for an other. As that month was nearing an end we were torn; there were still so many things we wanted to see, but we loved it here so much. We decided to take a couple of day trips, to nearby towns, and decide if we liked them any better. We didn’t. With only a few days left on our lease we found a great apartment; five minutes from the beach, two minutes from the market where we eat and shop every day, and less than one minute to the bus terminal (we’re still going to travel,...

Granada, Nicaragua

We decided to take a quick weekend trip to Granada a week or so ago. We were laying around, wondering what to do with ourselves, and 15 minutes later we were jumping on the chicken bus out of San Juan del Sur. Even though we caught the bus on the road going out of SjdS, instead of at the station, we were lucky enough to find two seats together. In another 15 minutes it would be standing room only. About 20 minutes into the ride the porter came through to collect our money and asked where we were going to. “Rivas” we said. “And then from there” he inquired. “Granada” we replied. Ten minutes later I can hear the porter yelling, “Chico…chicos”. Well, since there were about 100 chicos on the bus I pretty much toned him out. Two minutes later the bus stops and I...

Our trip to Ometepe

Our Ometepe adventure started in San Jorge, Nicaragua, at the boat docks. We had just missed our ferry to Ometepe, and the next one wasn’t due for another two hours. We were informed that there was a “barca”, or small boat, getting ready to leave for Moyogalpa, the biggest town on Ometepe. Not only was it waiting right there to leave, it was also half the price of the ferry (25 cordoba, or around $1 USD). Perfect we thought, what could go wrong? Uggh, that small boat, on that huge body of water, did not make for a pleasant ride. Take my advise; wait for the ferry.   Once in Moyogalpa we debarked to an array of friendly locals offering; housing, food, scooters and taxis. We had already decided we were going to stay at the Yogi Hostel which was just up...

A crazy 3 days of traveling

Well, as you can see from the map there we’ve had a whirlwind 3 days of traveling.  We started out in Bocas del Toro Panama and eventually, after a four day pit stop in Volcan, finally arrived in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. The trip included 1 boat, 5 taxis, 7 buses, and a lot of walking. Unable to sleep we started out at sunrise on January 29th wanting to get a head start on our dreaded travels. Unfortunately for us, the taxi drivers did not start out at sunrise. We waited about half an hour at the side of the road for a taxi. Eventually we gave up and started to walk. Ten minutes into our walk it started to sprinkle. Great. We were going to have 3 brutal days of travel AND be soaking wet. Luckily, a taxi pulled up just in time for us to not get soaked....

Opening a Coconut

Well, we had sort of a rough night Saturday. Our electric went out for quite a while which means no fans during the night. Not only was it brutally hot without the fan, resulting in a sweat soaked sleep, but the morning was no better when we realized no electricity also meant no shower since the pump wasn’t running. Uhg. Hot, sweaty, stinky and thirsty. We decided, like always when things go wrong during traveling, to just grin and bear it, and thank jebus we’re not walking to work in 3 feet of snow. We also decided that instead of sweltering in our room with nothing but room temperature water to drink (keep in mind our room is now around 90 degrees) that we would walk the 15 minutes to our favorite little restaurant for a huge glass of ice cold agua...

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