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Marsella, Nicaragua

Day fifteen,
We hiked to the statue of Jesus that overlooks San Juan del Sur.

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The view from the top was worth the steep hike up the cobblestone road.

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Day sixteen, we decided to beach hop to the neighboring town, Marcella, to stay in a cool hostel and enjoy the white sand.

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At sunset, we heard they feed a 14 foot crocodile, but all I could see was the tip of his nose before he disappeared into the water.

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The ocean water felt amazing but so did the hammocks.

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It rained in the evening but I didn’t mind.

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When we ordered dinner, one of the orders got mixed up and an angry Nica stormed out of the kitchen and shot Spanish at Ian, who quickly told a joke and smoothed it over by buying the extra plate of fish. All was good again.

At the Feet of Jesus

Day fifteen, it was hot and humid in San Juan del Sur, and the power and internet were out for a rolling black out, so we spent the majority of the afternoon playing “get the card in the hat.”

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I received my first pedicure, and combined with the manicure, I only paid $27, not including the tip. The hot wax on my feet was a bit of a surprise because I didn’t quite understand what the woman was a asking, but she did a great job.

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By evening it was cool enough to hike to the statute of Jesus that overlooks San Juan del Sur.

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We climbed up a steep cobblestone road to what some in our group were affectionately calling Big Jesus. The heat was incredibly oppressive, even at five p.m. Thankfully I still made it to the top.

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The statute is over 30 meters high.

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From the pinnacle we could see the town below and could hear the waves breaking on the shore.

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The view was incredible.

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We grabbed dinner at a place with live guitar music, compliments of a traveling musician whom we recognized from Costa Rica.

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A great end to the day.

San Juan del Sur

Day fourteen, we woke up and headed out to grab a breakfast of eggs, rice and beans, plantains, and yogurt.

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I also ordered a tasty watermelon drink.

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There are great deals at the markets, so I bought a sun dress for $8 and a few items for my friends.

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Mick got a great haircut for $20.

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While we waited for the haircut, a guy selling puppies showed up. Tempting but no.

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I bought an inexpensive swimsuit and we hit the beach from there.

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There was a festival for John the Baptist going on in the streets.

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Apparently the festival goes on for the entire month of June.

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A beauty contest was also going on, and the announcer and the music made it hard to miss.

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It was Sunday so the church step was a good place to rest.

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Because of the festivities it was loud in the streets and I had some trouble falling asleep that night.

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San Juan del Sur is not as tranquil as Tambor, but it has its own appeal, particularly for surfers.

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And back in the day, Mark Twain was known to vacation there.

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Nicaragua

Day Twelve was our last day in Tambor. The newlyweds, Mick and I, and two other couples decided to take the bus to Nicaragua and stay there a few days.

My stomach was still upset from the previous day, so I took it easy most of the day. Although the water is safe to drink in Costa Rica, the taste of the water is different, and I had been brushing my teeth with the tap water. My stomach ache didn’t stop me from enjoying really good food at H&B.

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The coconut flan I had after lunch was the best I’ve tasted in my life. Yum!

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By nightfall we decided to go exploring.  The cemeteries are above ground and look spooky at night, but mostly because my camera doesn’t take good pictures in the dark.

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For dinner we enjoyed some spaghetti.

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The dessert was on the house because we had stayed so many nights.

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We almost returned to our room without paying for our five more nights because we thought the extra was charged to my credit card, and my Spanish isn’t very good, but Carlos, one of the owners of H&B politely explained the difference. We had five hours to sleep before we had to catch the 4 a.m. bus.

Day Thirteen
The bus ride the next morning took us to the ferry.

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From there we grabbed another bus and braved a sweltering ride to Nicaragua, the land of lobster and Volcanoes. We went through several passport checks before grabbing a cab to San Juan del Sur.

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We bought tacos for dinner.

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The hostels were full, so we rented a two bedroom house with a kitchen for the eight of us to stay.

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The exchange rate is 25 cordobas to a dollar, so Nicaragua is a good place to shop. I put in earplugs and went to bed early because I was exhausted after eight hours of travel. I slept like a baby though!

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