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Trip Start Jan 03, 2007
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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Ok first of all sorry about taking a few days off from the blog but its been a strange and hectic few days to say the least. The last entry ended with us in the little beach town of Samara with us heading north to do some scuba diving. Well we did head north and the trip began with us almost missing our bus and miss it we would have if not for Smilesī Supermanesque heroics. As we were waiting for the bus we realized that our bus was actually around the corner and was leaving without us. Without hesitation, Smiles ran full speed, with his backpack on, after the bus in an attempt to stop the vehicle. He gracefully dove for the bus (at one point he was actually parallel with the ground) and made enough of a commotion to get the bus to stop. Im not sure if he actually made contact with the bus or if his dust cloud was noticed by the driver, but it matters not. The bus stopped and save a few nasty scrapes on Daves arms we were safely on our way to Playa del Coco to do some diving. The primary objective of the diving stop was so Smiles could get his advanced certification. The advanced requires 5 specialty dives which he completed in two days. I did three out of the five with him including a night dive. One of his dives was a photography dive that we did together which is what the pictures are from. Anyway, I had a sketchy encounter with a local guy on the beach who was way to interested in my backpack and started grabbing for it before I told him to get the hell away. It was pretty unnerving and actually sort of tainted the experience of the town for me. Overall the beach wasnt very nice and there isnt much upside besides the diving. To top it off, I got blindsided by a nast stomach virus which has been lingering for a few days. Ok enough bitching and moaning...we are now in Granada, Nicaragua which is a really nice colonial town. We arrived this afternoon and our first impression is that we like Nicaragua much better than Costa Rica. The people are much friendlier, it is less touristy, and everything is about half price. We are going to spend the next few days seeing some sights and hopefully taking a few spanish lesson to improve our conversational skills. Oh yeah, I almost forgot...congrats to Smiles for getting accepted to USCīs Master of Accounting program!  
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