Hotel Los Balcones De Leon
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... us waded in shallower waters.
was a group effort, and everyone agreed that it was one the best meals we had
eaten all week. It consisted of grilled chicken and vegetables, with the rare
appearance of white rice instead of gallo pinto, thank goodness. Under the full
moon with full bellies, a night swim ended another great day in Nicaragua. ...
... to the Contras but was voted down in the House of Representatives. That is when the secret deal to sell arms to Iran and then give the money to the Contras happened. There was an embargo on Nicaragua by the US which caused further hardship. I feel I understand a little better the recent history of Nicaragua. I remember hearing bits and pieces of the Sandanistas and Contras, but until you are actually there, it is hard to picture it. It is amazing how many ...
... to not put your feet on the board, keep them in the air and lean back for speed. Surely, they could have just designed better boards for speed where you can have your feet planted for stability. We watch a few from another group go down and it looks fairly simple, meanwhile Leesh is gulping in panic. Purto goes up first and he looks to be battling a bit with the technique but eventually picks up speed and goes out of our viewpoint. Meanwhile Leesh gears up, putting ...
... and we are informed that due to transit across country over a few hours, there will be no stamp etc. so we pile back in and kick on through El Salvador. The sun starts to rise while some of the others get some more shut eye but the sun rising over the beaches has my attention and it was amazing. The black sands and with rocks was a new experience but was good to see some actual surf for the first time. We pull in at 0700 into a random street just off the beach and are ...
... about, but it was a touch of our own traditions to add to the international baffle of the last two days. It was by no means the kind of Christmas we were used to, but presents are over rated, new friends can be your family for a night, rum punch can replace champagne, bruschetta and eggplant parmigiana are close enough to a roast, and choc chip cookies are a good substitute for pavlova. It was the perfect Christmas abroad and I wouldn't have had it any other way - hangover and ...