The next morning the guys at the hostel, Ben and Codo, their friend, Mike/David, the only other guests Mark and Aideen, from Ireland as it happens,and ourselves headed off to the beach...my Nicaraguan birthday. After a bumpy ride in the 4WD through rivers and whatnot we arrived at Playa Yankee
. Beautiful place that we nearly had to ourselves. The guys head off surfing every day...not sure what guests are supposed to do if they arrive outside dinner time. Anyway, the waves weren´t big enough for Codo and something about the wind and barrels, but he brought myself and Lianne out and got us standing! What a teacher. Great fun. Then Mike suggested El Po Zo for dinner so we had a fab meal that evening...surprise desert and singing included :) Then civilised behaviour went out the window...Next up was a bottle of rum and a bottle of 7UP, some reinforced glasses and lots of resistance from me! Then of course flaming sambucas made an appearance. Finally we made it to the local nightclub, which really was a sight to behold. Blaring local and salsa music and hoards of sweaty people giving it socks...and a free bar! The perfect place really!! So we got down (including the top of my dress at one point!) and even had a birthday miracle when Aideen succumbed to being dragged onto the dance floor by me! A really great night.
And then you were all so good! All the lovely texts and messages...and phone calls at 5 in the morning...Jan!!! And if you remember my last birthday... well they decided to have a party in my absence this year so when I was just back from the beach and totally sober I had a whole family of tipsy-tipsys telling me how much they love me! AaaHhhhh!
! And maybe there was another birthday miracle in Aubars?!! ;-) I must say that I´m really looking forward to coming home and catching up with you all over Christmas.
So, what else..? Well Playa Maderas is pretty fab for surfing, or watching them in my case. The town here is great (apart from the lack of electricity every evening for 2 hours)and everyone is so friendly. What I came here for was to see the baby turtles hatch and run back to sea. We´re hoping that we can do that tonight. The only probelm is that we might never leave. We were supposed to for the last few days actually but hopefully tomorrow...or not!
PS check out this website http://www.nicaraguasurfreport.com/reportlist.php?x_date=200 7/10/29&z_date=%3D%2C%27%2C%27&id_secc=25
Thats the guys at Maderas yesterday....and that s me in the last one with Codo´s cousin Hydro, an NSR photographer. And also me in the the first one walking on the beach I think.
So there´s more..we did get to see the turtles!! After threatening tears and with Codo on our side we persuaded Ben to go to La Flor even though he had had a long day driving. Thanks guys!
We saw several Olive Ridley turtles and counted 73 eggs from one poor girl who tried to make 2 nests before finally finding the perfect place. Codo was even more excited than me and had all the info as his dad used to be the head of the park. They marked all the turtles 8 years ago--there were only 8000 then, now there are around 80,000. The army and the navy patrol the beach and sea and the numbers are inspiring--35,000 nests on that beach last month! This is why the turtles are about half the size of fully grown ones. Unfortunately though I wasn´t lucky enough to see the babies hatch and run back to sea, but I did see the moms coming and going, which is pretty cool too. But, the adventure didn´t stop there!! The sky opened just as we were leaving and what were roads turned into rivers and what were rivers had waves that you could surf, and altogether it turned into the scariest journey that I´ve ever made. Even Codo proclaimed that ¨this is real adventura!¨ The water was higher than waist level and the huge holes that we could find with a stick on our way there were still there! And that wasn´t the first time that Codo saw the roads like that!...Sshhhhh!! Thankfully we got home in one piece and I think that I had the nicest shower of my life when I got back home to the Happy House :-)
Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday!! Spending my birthday at the beach was an inspired decision and spending it here was amazing luck. I had the best time, with 2 celebrations!! The evening before my birthday Lianne came running up the street to get me to come down to see the sunset....WOW! My first sunset was so special. It was was my birthday Irish time, so with a cocktail in one hand and adorned with my beautiful earrings from Lianne, I called Mum so that she could deafen me with her beautiful singing voice!! I thought that I was doing pretty well seeing as I had imagined my birthday very differently now that I´m travelling solo....