A trip to El Castillo on Rio San Juan
Trip Start Nov 26, 2007
67Trip End Jul 14, 2008
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So, not much sleep when we got to San Carlos at 6am, and we had to hang around the dock till 1030 for our next boat to El Castillo
We booked into the hostel on the river, along with our Chilean amigo, whom we´d met back in Leon, then had a wee tour of the fortress. The reason for the name of the place, it was a Spanish fortress built to keep the British out of Central America centuries ago. One of the more famous faces in the museum inside was Horatio Nelson, who fought here when he was young, and lost an eye!! And Francis Drake who is mentioned as a pirate. The woman who looked after the place was really helpful explaining things in a mix of Spanish and English. Understood the Spanish better! We were supposed to pay for photos, but hid the camera and when we were alone at the top of the fortress took a whole load!!! Scots eh!!
Not much else exciting going on, except for another resident of the hostel, who got savaged by a dog later that night and appeared in the morning with his legs wrapped in bandages, still bleeding. Meanwhile a friendly Canadian explained how he almost lost his leg from an innocuous scratch last year!!!