Nicaragua Here We Go

Trip Start Aug 09, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

We made it over the border to Nicaragua via 5 buses and a walk between borders.  I was a bit intimidated at first and thought it better to just take the easy bus they brings you city to city but hey, whatīs the fun in that.  Off we went and it was super easy.  Buses are continuous and easy and cheap.  We made the journey with two other guys from Finland and Norway.  Total Hans and Frans accents and very nice.  We immediately hit the beach in San Juan del Sur. The sun was shining brighter than we have seen for days.  The landscape here is beautiful. 

San Juan del Sur is a small beach town where many tourists go for fun and sun.  Our main objective was to see Oliver Ridley turtles hatch and nest on a nearby protected beach.  The turtles come out of the ocean at night and crawl up to the dry sand, dig a hole and lay approx. 100 eggs, cover them up and return to the sea.  The eggs then hatch under the sand and make their way up to the surface some three months later and crawl to the ocean hopefully before predators get to them.  It was really amazing to experience.  The turtles always return to the same beach they were born to lay their eggs.  They have a type of magnetic sensor that directs them.  Amazing!

So, our $50 a day budget, right?  Well, they had lobster on the menu and we both wanted it but it was like $15 each and we were like no way can we spend that much on dinner.  However, after thinking about it overnight and how cheap it is in perspective we splurged and each got lobster the next night.  Turns out it was even two tails each!  $35 for two lobster dinners and two beers.  Canīt beat that!

We are back to a more logical denomination of money.  The Cordoba is 20 to the $1.  I can do that math!  They also except US dollars but are very picky about the type of bill they get.  Their money is beat up and dirty and worn.  We gave them a very new $20 and it had a small tear in the border and they wouldnīt accept it.  Very funny.

The typical breakfast is rice and beans with eggs.  In fact, rice and beans for every meal.  The only thing that changes is the drink for the time of day.  Morning - coffee, afternoon - soda, night - beer.
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