Borders, Boys, Banter and Bohemian Rhapsody

Trip Start Jul 12, 2012
Trip End Sep 21, 2012

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Monday, August 6, 2012

So I had to get up at 4am except I managed to turn my snooze up and got woken up by the owner at 4:28 and I had to leave in the taxi at 4:30. This was pretty ironic as about 3 hours before I'd said I wouldn't need waking up as I rarely turn my snooze of when I'm half asleep and end up getting up too late...

So after rushing about like a mad woman I arrived at the bus station and checked in. The Tica bus we were on was great, I was really surprised as I'd heard bad things about them, 3 people to a seat, no air con etc, but it was really modern and comfy. I managed to get a seat next to an English guy, rather than some creepy, fat Honduran man so that was a bonus and the bus wasn't even filled till we got to the capital, Tegucigalpa, so I was able to move to two empty seats and stretch out and snooze.

We eventually stopped for breakfast which for me consisted of a doughnut, some yogurt and a few sips of the Starbucks chilled coffee drinks, which was gross. Was going to regret this meal choice when I only had an apple to last me till 6pm that evening. The other cool thing about the Tica bus is try have movies to distract you from the long journey. Some were terrible but watchable (My Life in Ruins) but we also got pretty good ones like The Pursuit of Happyness and The Blind Side. Well done Tica.

Once we got to Tegucigalpa the bus was rammed so I had to give up my comfy seats and move back in with Ady my bus mate. We finally got to the border where we were all piled off to stand in the humidity while they faffed about with our passports. As per usual at the border I changed my old money for the new currency with some of the people who walk around and change your money. This time however I thought it was a bit low, I knew they'd always take some sort of few but I was about 4 dollars short of what I should have got. Luckily some local woman started shouting in Spanish at this guy and made him give me some more money. What a legend!

We then had to go to the Nicaraguan side where we had to take all of our bags and have them searched by customs. I swear my bag is getting heavier by the day as well despite the fact that I am definitely not adding anything to it! The queue was massive and it was baking. Apparently I don't look dodgy though as I started to unzip my bag he basically said I didn't need to bother. Then, for some reason, we had to wait outside in the sun, with no seating, for an hour, rather than siting on the cool bus. The driver wouldn't let us back on and all my water etc was on there! On an upside though I got talking to a group of guys who were on the bus and I decided to head with them to Bigfoot Hostel rather than the place I'd been recommend at Finca Tatin as a) there will DEFINITELY be people there, no staying in dorms by myself this time and b) the boys seem like a nice group so I might finally be able to have the banter that I have been sorely missing! We finally were allowed back on the bus after 3 hours doing the border crossing to find we hadn't even got a stamp from Nicaragua, WTF? Will definitely be remedying this on my out of the country!

We all arrived at Bigfoot and they had room for all of us. We pretty much immediately started drinking, after I'd scoffed some food down due to my lunch of an apple and some of Ady's biscuits, and showered. FINALLY I'm going out after like a month travelling. Spent most of the evening chatting, surprise, as with most travellers we almost immediately got onto the sex conversation! We then all went out to this random sweaty bar that was playing Latin music which 20 minutes later turned into depressing Spanish karaoke. After a while of this me, Ady, Carlo and James decided we weren't putting up with this hideousness anymore and we got up and did, at my suggestion, Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody. Obviously we did it in the most shouty way possible and it was awesome.

After it closed we all went out onto the street where I got manhandled by two local children who kept wanting kisses off me and one who wanted to marry and have sex with me! He was like ten but was trying to convince me he was 18 and it was actually pretty hilarious. The other was ridiculously strong and kept trying to break my ribs with hugs. I eventually had to get Ben to pretend he was my boyfriend though as the two kids and the guy I'd danced with had like sandwiched me between them!

The boys kept saying how all the locals seem to love me as I'd also been made to salsa dance by one local guy (who also made me a paper rose) and asked by another guy who, despite the fact I was really nice to him and gave him my 'phone number' told Carlo (who speaks Spanish) that I was really harsh to him! WTF? The guys all said I actually should have been more harsh so don't really know what he was on about.

During all this romantic drama a storm had begun and it was raining fairly heavily. I was also wearing a white T-shirt so Ben thought it would be funny to drag me under what was basically a waterfall of rain water that was rushing off a church roof. I was literally soaked all the way through, so much so that when I actually got to the toilet of the next bar, I could wring my T-shirt out. Thanks Ben! I decided to take revenge and got a glass of water from the bar which I immediately tipped straight over Ben, much to his surprise. Everyone else, except the bouncer, thought it was hilarious and I thought it was well worth getting told off for. After a bit of dancing we all went home and went to bed. Considering I only had 3 hours sleep and had a mammoth journey today this day has been pretty awesome!
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