Happy new year from the beach!

Trip Start Jan 19, 2006
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Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Left Granada on Sunday morning having to trudge through the market to get to the bus station for Rivas.  Fortunately a bus left at 8am pretty much on the dot and we were on our way on the slow and bumpy bus.  Changed at Rivas for another bus here to San Juan on the coast.  Another long and bumpy bus journey.  Punctuated by some highlights seeing the huge lake to the left of us where Ometepe is and the rows of firework and firecracker stalls outside the bus station.  I was reminded of what would be in store of us tonight.
 
Arrived in San Juan at about 11am and started to do the hostel rounds.  An hour later in the midday heat we had found about 2 rooms both very overpriced and not v nice.  We were almost considering going back to Granada when we found a room in Hotel Costa Azul which was not great but ok and a lot cheaper, but was still $20 for a shared bathroom.
 
Relieved we went down to the beach to start tanning again (need to be brown before we get home!) and swim for a bit.  Later on bought a bottle of champers (well sparkling anyway) and watch the golden sunset on the beach toasting New Year in Britain and everyone we could think of in the process who had already celebrated new year!
 
Later on we went out for a nice meal overlooking the beach (only appears accommodation prices are severely inflated, not food ones fortunately) and had some drinks by the beach in a local bar.  There was a big disco on the beach up the road but we are old lightweights these days.  Firecrackers were going off since early afternoon and continued to startle me.
 
We only realised it was midnight when a local woman came and gave us a hug and wished us "feliz ano".  Turns out Daves watch was slow.  Toasted the new year and all the future adventures and excitements we will encounter in 2007 and beyond.  Havenīt really got a resolution no longer being a smoker but we are determined to live our lives in the spirit that we have done in the last year!
 
Monday
Spent the day mostly on the beach reading and eating to increase our blood sugar.  Rang home to wish happy new year.  Are spending a lot of time on the internet when its too hot outside and to start planning for home and beyond.  Think its making us both wish we were going home sooner as we are keen to do whatever comes next but also know we need to make the most of our time left here.
 
Tuesday
Down to the beach we couldnt help but notice the mammoth cruise ship in the horseshoe bay.  Plus a massive yacht.  Plus a helicopter playing around on the beach.  Spent a lot of the day playing spot the cruise ship tourist.  Wasnt too difficult.  Was amusing to watch the boats and coaches dropping and picking up throughout the day.
More books read (thank god for book exchanges), more internet, more sun, food and sleep.  Preparing to leave Nicaragua tomorrow for Costa Rica.  Not sure what to expect there as know that it is more touristy and therefore more pricey.
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Where I stayed
Costa Azul Hotel

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