Archive for the ‘Central America’ Category

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Day One Hundred and Three: Airport

May 2, 2012

Weather: 28oC
Money: $50
Sad times: yes.

Just in case I don’t get a chance to use Internet later tonight, I thought I’d post a short one. When we got up today, there were eight of us left in San Jose. We got a final breakfast together and then walked into the city center for a look around. It totally lacks the character of the smaller places we went to! I’d say my favourite was Grenada in Nicaragua. It was beautiful and colourful.

We left at lunch time an are now waiting at the airport for our flight. We go to Miami, then to La Paz. Arrival time is 5am, but it will be 3am according to our body time, which is horrible. Not sure what we’ll do yet! Maybe get a batido de piƱa y fresa or something.

Over and out amigos!

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Day One Hundred and Two: Goodbyes

May 1, 2012

Weather: 23oC
Money: $45
Current country: Costa Rica

I hate saying goodbye to people! It’s about the worst. I’ve made some such good friends in the last couple of weeks. They are 8 kinds of amazing. Want to meet them? K.

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So, Helen on the left, from London. I love her. I’ve invited her for Christmas with my family. Hope that’s ok mums. Then Aoife (pronounced Efa), she’s from Ireland and incredibly funny. Also she is going to show us around Dublin! Katie is from Canada and she is so sweet. Then below her is Allan, he’s our tour leader from Costa Rica. He is so amazingly helpful and caring. Then Anthony, from Melbourne, he is kind and fun. And Tania from Canada, she’s lovely too. Leigh, from Melbourne is really fun, and he loves to get burnt all the time. Then Hobo who thinks that the bird is saying Honduras, and maybe it is, or maybe not. Then Paul, he’s from London, and we all him Paulo. He’s a genuinely nice guy and we will catch up in London. Then Nicole, she’s from Brisbane. She’s good for a laugh and a conversation. She’s also really good at talking to people who don’t speak English, and she doesn’t speak Spanish. Good communication skills. And then Julie on the end, from London. She’s really lovely too and we roomed for 5 nights in a row and she’s invited us to come visit her in London. There’s also Marcia, who isn’t in this photo because she left the tour early. She’s from Brazil and is beautiful. I really like her a lot too. We will catch up in Sao Paulo. Also, David and Lana, they are Katie’s parents. They’re pretty cool too!

Jeepers. What a quality bunch of people.

Today we moved from La Fortuna to San Jose. Something amazing from the day was that we stopped at Allan’s mum’s house for lunch. She cooked us a lovely lunch and it was so nice to see her and also Allan’s grandma and great grandma. It was good to see locals, and eat really actual local food.

We’ve just got back from a celebration dinner with a few drinks. Hope and I fly out tomorrow to La Paz, Bolivia, where we meet up with Lisa! Woooo!

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Day One Hundred and One: Raft

April 30, 2012

Weather: 27oC, hot and humid
Money: $90
Current country: Costa Rica

White water rafting. Amazing. I was hesitant to do it because of my run of accidents and injuries. But I was convinced my my lovely people that all would be well. And it was.

We set out to the river and got organised into groups. In my team were Hope and three boys from our group. The rapids were class 3 and 4, which doesn’t mean much to me, but some of them were pretty quick! I fell out twice. The first time, I floated a long way down a rapid before they could rescue me. Thankful for a helmet and life jacket! The second time I was rescued almost immediately which was good. Both times I felt safe and not panicked, and all was well as promised!

We also saw iguanas today. They were hanging out in the trees. Apparently people eat them a lot. Gross.

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We’ve just had a quiet afternoon, got some groceries, had a nap, got dinner.

I really like Costa Rica. I’d say it’s my favourite country so far.

Buenos noches!

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Day One Hundred: La Fortuna and a Rodeo

April 29, 2012

Weather: 28oC, back to hot and humid
Money spent: $30
Current country: Costa Rica

We left our wonderful accommodation in Monteverde this morning, headed for La Fortuna, just on the other side of the mountains. To get here, we needed to bus, then boat, then bus. We arrived in La Fortuna in time for lunch!

This afternoon, we headed out to a Rodeo festival thing that’s on. It was pretty good, but actual rodeo doesn’t interest me much. But there were some lovely cows! We were there for 8 hours, which was perhaps a bit too long. But that’s ok.

We’ve just got back to our hotel, which is quite amazing. Tomorrow I’m going white water rafting, which I’m not sure about.

Also, finally, a map!

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Day Ninety Nine: Bridges

April 28, 2012

Weather: 20oC
Money: $37
Phrases in Espanyol vocab: 37

It’s been a nice day today. We did the bridge walk this morning through the Cloud Forest. It was eight bridges over about 3km, through the trees and up and down the hills. We were mainly bird watching, and it was lovely. We got to see a quetzal, the national bird of Guatemala. Apparently they are quite rare. It was bright green though, and really pretty. I’ll put a photo up when I get Helen’s shots!

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I like these kids. They are Helen and Marcia.

After arriving back from the bridge walk, we sat in a cafe for a few hours. It was lovely. We also walked around town and checked out about a million souvenir shops. I bought a hat.

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I also finished book two of the Millennium series, the Girl with Played with Fire. It’s pretty good. Now for the movie!

We head to La Fortuna tomorrow. I don’t really know what’s there. The tour ends soon which is sad. But then Lisa arrives which is happy.

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Day Ninety Eight: Monteverde

April 27, 2012

Weather: 18oC, so happy to be cool
Money: $40
Phrases in my Spanish vocabulary: 32
Current country: Costa Rica
Bus hours: 6

Hola Amigos!
Who would have thought that putting on jeans would be such a pleasure! I’m
sitting outside and feel a bit cold. It’s wonderful.

We left Nicaragua today after breakfast and hit the road. The drive here was a decent one – we also had to catch a boat off the island. Omotepe was so relaxing. I might like to return there one day for a week.

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We are in Monteverde now, in the mountains of Costa Rica. It is so beautiful here. I don’t have a photo yet though. Tomorrow, most of the dudes are going swinging though the jungle. I’m going with two lovely ladies on a bridge walk, maybe like the one in Tas.

Also, carrot in Espanyol is Zanahoria. Spelling most likely incorrect, but that’s funny. As if!

I’ll have a map for y’all tomorrow!
X

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Day Ninety Seven: Relaxed

April 26, 2012

Weather: 24oC
Money: $30

I’m on this island right, it’s amazing. The team split into three groups: one went to thermal springs. One went horse riding. Helen and I planned on going bike riding. Instead, we sat at a table, moved to hammocks and that’s about the extent of the day. I read some of my book, ate some meals, watched the ocean like lake.

You are jealous right?!

I didn’t even get a good photo for you because I didn’t stand up. Here on one anyway. Xx

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Day Ninety Six: Island; Pt 2

April 25, 2012

Weather: 25oC, more bearable!
Money: $25
Phrases in Spanish: 30

We are on another island! This one is NOT going to make me sick and I’m not going to get burnt. It’s basically two volcanos, joined together. One is active and we are about 1km away from the start of the incline.

We left Grenada at lunch time today after having an explore around the actual city. We found a cool super old church and took some photos from the bell tower. I liked it.

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We bused and boated to the island and arrived at about 4. It’s pretty, and we are staying in amazing tree house feel accommodation, on the beach (which is actually a lake).

The boat ride over was really choppy. But great views!

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This is before we left – this volcano is where we are staying!

Tonight we are hanging out together. Nice times!
Miss y’all! X

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Day Ninety Five: Tour Day

April 24, 2012

Weather: 26oC, hot
Money: $65
Phrases in my Spanish vocabulary: 30

We paid a tour guide $30 each today to show us around Grenada and surrounding areas. It was good to see! The tour went all day and started up an active volcano. The gas made it very difficult for me to breathe, which was a bit fun. It was pretty cool though!

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We got to see a crater lake over lunch which was also great – apparently it’s 80m deep and pretty huge.

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This little dude is so cute ay:

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He was at a pottery gallery that we visited after lunch. Some of the stuff there was really nice and so cheap, but with eight months left, it’s not so feasible!

The day ended with a boat tour of a lake, the name of which I cannot remember. It was massive though! On it are various islands where people live. Some places look extremely rich! There was also an island that has a monkey rehabilitation center, the monkeys showed off heaps.

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In the background here is a volcano.

Tonight we got dinner and went out for a few drinks at the Irish pub. Fun times!

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Day Ninety Four: Grenada

April 23, 2012

Weather: 26oC + 86% humidity = dying
Money spent: $35
Current country: Nicaragua

Quite rapidly, I am earning a reputation for being a bit accident prone on this tour. Last night I bashed my back on the bunk bed and scraped off some of my burnt skin. Today I fell up some steps. I’m really not accident prone, for those new friends following my blog. Really, I’m not.

We had a wonderful walk around Leon this morning. The troops went volcano boarding, we got breakfast. These are two of my new friends, Julie and Helen. They are fun. The church in the background is super old.
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We left Leon after lunch and bused to Grenada where we are for the next two nights, in a stinky, dirty hotel. One room group has been moved three times already.

I had steak for dinner. It was good. Very good.

Also I haven’t mapped for a while, so here is one to conclude! Love!

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