Another quick stopover
Trip Start Nov 15, 2009
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Where I stayed
Hostel San Jose
As in my previous blog, I said Managua was pretty dodgy, which is why I chose a hostel right near the bus terminal for my 5am bus, but even still, the 2 minutes I had to walk straight ahead of me to the bus terminal, there were some dodgy characters hanging around on the corner, drunk, obviously.
The bus itself wasn't as comfortable as South American buses and the TV didn't work either so it was a long ride, but at least they organised everything for you at the borders. So much so that this was the first border crossing I had done where they take you passport away from you and you wait of the bus or around the bus until immigration had checked them all - surely they would want to see passengers AND their passports, but no, just the passport was sufficient! The gringo's panicked slightly when the passports came back with no exit stamp, but apparently the same stamp is valid for Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala for 90 days.
We then got stuck in a traffic jam for 2 hours and then had an oil leak so stopped for a further hour in a random spot off a highway. Everyone was starving so luckily there were a couple of people with corn stands on the side of the highway. Only problem was, they didn't accept dollars (only because they were small street sellers, normally dollars are widely accepted) and I hadn't changed my money yet. But a fellow passenger came to the rescue and bought me some corn and I paid him back at the hostel in San Pedro Sula, which he was coincidentally staying at.
Having left at 5am, we arrived in San Pedro Sula in the north of Honduras at 21:30pm - what a long ride! The hostel was clean enough but did resemble a prison as the walls were painted gray and the doors were metal.. For one night, it was more than enough!