On to Nicaragua

I will point out that getting sunburnt shins was really not my fault! I applied lots of Factor 30, but you can’t take the bottle into the one man raft with you because it’ll disappear down the river the first time the boat goes over. Which was at the first set of rapids! And as my legs spent longest in the water, they got the lotion ashed off and next thing you know…. Still it was no big deal in the end, lots of After Sun and they were fine. Anyhow, spent an extra day at La Fortuna to relax some, as the scenery was so good. Well, there aren’t going to be many days I wake up at the foot of a burbling volcano anyway. Although my extra day in the end did allow me to fully appreciate just how lucky I had been with the weather as it ended up totally enveloped in cloud once again. Which is pretty much all anyone ever sees of it

Have also discovered having chatted to some fellow travellers that everyone but me seems to get mental dreams after taking their Chloroquine tablets. I’m just gonna have to up my dose I guess! Yesterday I moved on, and spent a pretty exhausting 12 hours on buses up to the Nicaraguan border and over the other side to Rivas, where I am now. Not that theres anything in Rivas, I was just too late to get the ferry to Isla de Ometepe (and Im sure I remember that name from an Indiana Jones film!) which is my next destination. Crossing borders is pretty stressy really, and there are times I wish I hadn’t bothered and had stayed in the UK, or turned back to Montezuma to get my hammock back! Still, its all part and parcel of travelling. The one moment that lightened my mood was when being processed by Mrs Lesbian Morales. There’s no escaping that Nicaragua is a real Third World Country and from the little I have seen so far, it does seem like a bomb has hit the place. Literally. But the people have been incredibly friendly so far, and I’m looking forward to my stay here. Well thats all for today!

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