Trip Start Jul 11, 2008
12Trip End Sep 30, 2008
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So I think we left it in Antiguia, Guatemala but i'll leave that for now as Han as done it and im sure will whack it on the blog when she gets a chance. We satyed an extra night in Guatemala, as we found an Irish bar, a pub quiz night and a lively local to drink the night away with.
We got the El Salvador some 8 to 10 days ago, I forget. We stopped the night in the little/big town of Santa Ana. The centre was fairly small. The square was surrounded by a newly painted white catherdral and a newly painted theatre. It looked nice, lovely. We also met the first of many real friendly people in El Salvador, Javier. We stayed in his hotel, which was really just his converted home. He spoke Spanish but looked very European so we thought he may have French but it turns out everyone here has a European look about them
We then headed to a little town of Tacuba, which was the nearest town to National Park El Imposible. The place we stayed was another huge converted house but here we ate mamas cooking, played on papas guitar and watched the England game on their sons tele. We relaxed in some hot springs that night (yeas again), to energise yoursleves for the hike in the park the next day. We opted for the downhill hikew, which took us through coffee plantations, grass 7 foot tall and lead to a 60m waterfall. The plan was to swim in it but, one, it was too cold aand two, the last time me and Han went into a waterfall, the waterfall won.
The next day we packed up and left for a beaxch house with Monolo, the son at the house. Hes described in the guide book as nuts and a bit kooky and he was exactly that. He and his friends had rented a beach house for the weekend and we were kindly invited to come along.
Claire: Scott's attention span just ran out. So hello! The beach house Manolo took us to was based, like most other houses and restaurants out here, on a huge verandah area covered with a thatch roofand filled with comfy chairs, hammocks and general places to chill out
On Saturday three Guatemalan guys joined the party - again, all hotshots in various fields including law, economics, etc - so again. One of the guys had a TV in his car for Chrissake. This is when we realised we were hanging out with the jetsetting elite of Guatemala and El Salvador. All young, single (well, not married anyway), up-and-coming, rightwing (obviously) yuppies from these places where you hear about such people existing but never feel like you come across any
Sunday came and although it was my birthday none of us were feeling that fresh (mosquito nets dont keep ants out if you're sleeping on the grass, we discovered) we still had a really good day. We all went out for lunch at a restaurant overlooking the sea, and we tried oyster (good if its with lime juice or worcester sauce), I tried whitebait (not good no matter how you try to mask the taste) and for the first time in my life I actually had lobster. Three huge lobster tails for $15, cant really complain! We spent the afternoon on the beach. Having been joined by a guy from the US who was an extreme libertarian, all the political debates got pretty interesting and some of them managed to talk about the Iraq war for a pretty ridiulous amount of time.
On Monday we came back to Juayua, a small town on the Ruta de las Flores further inland. Monday was independence day for Central America, so we were there to see lots of parades going through town and to join in with all the families who had the day off and spent it in the central park
We couldnt resist the pull of the beach and headed back to the coast the next day. El Zonte is a surfers paradise just a few kilometres along from where we spent the weekend. We found a hostel with a pool and we all spent the day sunbathing (Hana was particularly keen to top up the tan before waving goodbye to the sunshine for a few months when she heads back to the UK tomorrow). Scott went his usual shade of deep red but then aggrivatingly turned lovely brown a few hours later - how unfair!! We all did very well, however. We randomly ended up watching this film called Zohan; i mention it only because it was the most bizarre film any of us had seen for along time and it took us a good twenty minutes to even realise it was Adam Sandler and I want to ask you guys is this actually in the cinema at home???? and how is it going down?
I don't know if you read this, but if you do I just want to wish my cousin Katherine ALL THE BEST with starting uni, which must be happening soon if it hasnt already. Have an awesome time and enjoy the first year while you can because the third year's a complete bitch.
And also welcome to baby Eve, we can't wait to meet you!