No tengo un nombre - I don't have a name!
Feb 23, 2010
Jun 30, 2010
Where I stayed
So the other night I called a few hotels to get a room in Puerto Viejo. I've been cheating and just asking people if they speak English right away and usually they say yes, but I made myself try spanish this time so I told the lady I would like a room for 3 nights starting Wednesday. She said ok, "Que esta tu nombre?" On top of my lack of Spanish I was super tired at this point and thought she asked, what is my number? Since my phone doesn't work I said "No tengo un nombre" well nombre means name, not number. So I told the lady that I don't have a name. After repeating the question she finally said 'name' in English so I started laughing then continued with the reservation. Despite all that I actually ended up staying somewhere different. Wednesday I tried to catch the 10:00 bus but of course I missed it due to traffic, but it worked out bc I met Monike from Amsterdam on the 12:00 bus to Puerto Viejo. She was planning on staying at Rocking Js, which I called the night before and was told they were full. Well we decided to go there anyways and just check. The hostel is just like a big compound and you can rent a room or just a bed or a hammock or a tent. They had one bed left so she took the bed and I got a tent, which are all under a roof just lined up next to each other. It's actually better than a bed bc It's more private. Most of the people that stay here are kinda hippyish and laid back so I feel pretty safe, but I still slept with my mase! I've been hanging out with Monike and Ana, who is from Prague. We bought a few 40s last night and hung out by a bonfire on the beach with some very drunk Australian guys. They were quite entertaining. For once it wasn't the Americans who were loud and drunk! There was a huge thunderstorm in the middle of the night and its been raining all freakin day, but we walked around town anyways and went to a few cafes and the grocery store. We came back to the hostel and watched a movie on my computer (Hangover, of course!). Since I've seen it about 10 times now, i left in the middle of it and laid in a hammock and studied Spanish. The town is really cool. It's small but there are still plenty of shops and cafes. The beach is pretty nice, but the water is not as blue as I expected. This beach does have a coral reef right on the shore so that's cool. I was walking on it yesterday and there were a bunch of sea urchins hidden in the holes. Maybe I can get one of the other girls to share her pictures, if she takes some tomorrow. The weather forecast does not look good for tomorrow but I really hope its sunny so I can go snorkeling!