Trip Start Sep 04, 2009
14Trip End Feb 19, 2010
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I had the awesome oppertunity this weekend to go and visit with an old friend in the beautiful reserve of Las Fincas. Basically we lived the good life; played with all the animals (parrots, dogs, horses and other critters who arrived unanounced), drank lots of tequila, rode through the jungle and didn't eat rice and beans. It was amazing to realize that of all the places in the world, we were reunited in Nica... god the world is too small. Also, got a little lesson in the power of the ocean. If you think that a human can master waves.. think again. I managed to get swept up while on horseback.. we both got tossed into the surf, although we were having too much fun to be discouraged by it. It was a little difficult to explain to the locals why we were both drenched head to toe(hoof).. but needless to say I had a huge smile on my face the whole time
After having a lovely few days at the Ranch.. I headed into the small surf town of San Juan del Sur for a little fiesta with two of the crew Base Camp.
I am happy to report that I am still a gong show despite the "volunteer" title. After polishing off a bottle of Flor de Cana rum a little too quickly, it was off for a night of dancing at Iguanna. At the time, every drink was so worth it.. but when I awoke in my thousand degree hotel room facing an even hotter 4 hr bus ride back home.. I wasnt feeling like the sharpest tool in the box.
Prior to our departure, we decided to go for a little revival dip in the ocean.. and were enjoying it thoroughly until we noticed that we werent the only ones riding the surf. Turns out that manta rays also enjoy this past time, as we discovered when a few bumped into us. They were friendly enough, but definately daunting at first.
So now I am back at base camp for my final week of spanish(lord help me), and then all four of my volunteer placements start next Monday.. I am savouring these last few days of relative freedom...