Brighter Days In Granada

It is a new day, so that means a new journey. We are staying at this awesome hostel in Granada called Hostel Oasis. There is an english speaking staff who is very informative. The hostel also has 2 courtyards; one with a pool and the other with hammocks. The hostel is filled with other travelers both young and old! We have met some really great people so far, and it has made my loss a little bit easier to deal with. A nice couple from California gave me an extra backpack and a few clothes. Granada is filled with markets and local thirft shops so we have also been glancing through them. After visiting the police station 4 times, I finally recieved my police report. I think I should be back on my feet in no time! 

We hiked up to the top of the church to catch the sunset from the bell towers and it was fantasic. It only cost $1 and is highly recommended. We were able to see the city in all its glory, with the brightly colored buildings and people filled streets below. 

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Hostel Oasis Courtyard

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Bell Tower

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Things Take A Turn At Poste Rojo…

We spent 2 nights at Poste Rojo, a treehouse hostel 10km from Granada, NIcaragua. The hike up to the treehouse is very long and rough, especially with our heavy backpacks. It is literally a giant treehouse in the woods, with plently of insects and howler monkeys in the trees. There is compost toliets and the shower is run by collected rainwater. The overall vibe of the place is very relaxed. It is run by mostly volunteers, some who have been there for over a month. All of the volunteers were very helpful and pleasant.The owner of the hostel, Chad is another story. He is very rude and ungrateful. He is also needs to realize that he is too old to party and should think about getting a real job/life but that´s enough ranting for now.  We chose to rent out the private treehouse hostel that was a little bit more off in the woods. We thought this would be a good option because it seemed to be quite the party place.

 

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Each night they have family dinner, where everyone in the hostel gets together and make some food. The first night we had pizza, which was fantastic. The hostel is filled with other travelers from all other the world. All the travlers were young and looking for a good time! The second night there was a full moon party. The theme of the party was “Gender Bender” (there are some great pictures haha). After having a great night of partying with other people from all over the world, we arrived back to our room to find a little surprise… our screen had been cut and my bag (amber) was stolen. This was a terrible way to end a fun night. I realized that everything I had was stolen, even my shoes! We called for the security guard and he ran down to us with his flashlight and machete however, the thevies were long gone. It is such a terrible feeling knowing you have lost everything and are in a different country. I never imagined something like this would have ever happened, not this early in our journey atleast…

*These photos were taken from googleimages since I no longer have my ipad or camera cord.

Still Loving Sunny San Juan del Sur

Another sunny day in San Juan del Sur! Writing from a bookstore called El Gato Negro. This place is known for their fresh fruit drinks and their book-exchange. This is our last full day here and tomorrow we are off to the Poste Rojo Treehouse Hostel. We are sad to leave this beach town with its very relaxed atmosphere. Our hostel has felt like home each day. Yesterday we took a shuttle to Playa Maderas, a beach about 15 minutes north from here. Our small Toyota truck was loaded up with about 15 people and a few surfboards! Playa Maderas was filled with surfers and young travelers. We had fresh fish tacos, which were the best we’ve ever had! We relaxed in the sun and listened to the reggae music blasting from the speakers across the beach.

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From the border to sunny San Juan del Sur

Yesterday we crossed the border into beautiful Nicaragua! The border crossing took about 2 hours and the lines to cross were filled with other backpackers and locals alike. The setup of the border was more like a open flea market with people shouting and selling things everywhere. Once through all the commotion, we took at taxi to San Juan del Sur. Our taxi had a hard time finding our hostel because it is still fairly new. We took turns up streets so steep that they would give San Fransisco a run for its´ money! We eventually arrived at our hostel; Buena Onda. This hostel was opened a year ago and is owned by a very pleasant French man named, Baba. The whole design of the hostel is like a giant tree house, there are 3 open levels. The open kitchen overlooks the whole bay of San Juan del Sur. Our room is very large and clean. We are sharing this hostel with a few boys from Sweden, a German couple and another American couple. There is even a friendly dog that resides here and begs for the extra scraps from dinner! Baba was very informative and provided us with some of his favorite places to see in San Juan. The beach is about a 4 minute walk from the hostel. All the locals are very friendly here. This morning we hiked up to the Jesus Christ statue, which took about an hour but well worth it. From the top we could see all of San Juan and the Costa Rican coastline. Afterwards we ventured to the Pelican Hotel to take a dip in their pool. From the infinity pool we sipped on Pina Coladas and watched the sun set over the harbor. Tomorrow we may try our luck at surfing. We will try to post pictures when we have more internet!

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First Stop, Liberia

Greetings family & friends! Our journey is finally underway. Today we landed in Liberia, Costa Rica and we are ready to explore. Upon arriving we were greeted by a friend of the hostel to provide us with a ride. This saved us the time and frustration of finding our own taxi into town. Our quaint little hostel, Hospedaje Dodera, is truly a hidden gem. From the outside it appears simple and bland however, once inside it is very comfortable and inviting. We were greeted with open arms by the owner and given a quick tour. In addition to the 3 hammocks and little cat walking around, there is a great outdoor kitchen. Although we opted out of cooking ourselves and went to a lovely outdoor restaurant serving up woodfired pizzas with fresh basil from the plants grown onsite. The hostel is also one block from the bus station which means less walking with our heavy bags! Tomorrow morning we plan on taking a bus to the Nicaraguan border. From there we are off to San Juan del Sur; a surfer-beach town.

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Looking through the glass…

This past weekend I traveled to Boston to say goodbye to some friends. During my time there, I was able to visit the New England Aquarium. Although the site was under some renovations, most of the exhibits were still active. Seeing all the colorful fish made me so excited for my travels. Soon I will be face-to-face snorkeling with the same fish I have  admired through a thick glass! 

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