Happy to be stranded in a border town for once.

Trip Start Sep 16, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Los Chiles, a sweltering border town, as Lonely Planet puts it, has little of interest to the foreign tourist. Great! When our bus arrived and we found we'd missed the last boat downriver to Nicaragua, we were happy to be here. Finally we were in a Costa Rican town. No gringo surf shacks, no tour companies, no artificially-inflated prices: just a square lined with the ubiquitous fried chicken joints.

We wandered around, killing time by drinking soft drinks and comparing our horoscopes in different newspapers.

The next morning we checked out of the country at the border post, and waited around for the boat. We sat there drinking coconut milk, kindly donated by a guy up a tree with a machete. We chatted to Jenny and Maribel, two Nicaraguan girls working in Costa Rica. They'd come up to the border to get Jenny's dad out of jail. He'd come over to visit his daughter and see his baby grandson but had got caught by la migra without his papers and slung in the nick.

We met an Israeli couple, David and Sharon. I don't think they'd been out of Israel before and were countering their fear of the unknown with racist comments and constant complaints. I hope they change their attitude before someone takes offense.

Then at midday we hopped in the boat for the pleasant one-hour ride down the Rio Frio to Lake Nicaragua and the town of San Carlos.

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