Partying with Canadians in Nicaragua
28.12.2011 - 01.01.2012
Yes, we're still alive and still healthy! We just haven't really had time to sit down and write a blog entry or even upload pictures as of late. The last blog was from Guatemala and we've since made our way by a 24 hr bus journey all the way to southern Nicaragua near the Costa Rica border. This journey took quite a bit out of us and we've taken a bit more time than usual to get ourselves sorted out. Then of course it was time to prepare for the New Years eve bash so that took up a bit of time too.
However, to be honest, these are not the only reasons we haven't blogged. We just haven't seen much that we felt was blog worthy. Our first impression of Nicaragua and San Juan del Sur has not been all that great. We expected a tropical paradise with a gorgeous beach and a pleasant small town vibe. What we got is a dark sand beach badly in need of some TLC in a town where the majority of locals don't even crack a smile. I suppose I partly understand the off-putting attitude given that the town seems to be overrun with foreigners using the place as a cheap spring break type destination. However this does not excuse the amount of organized theft stories we've heard about and it all has the feel of a dirty, smelly, badly run down Cancun.
The only saving grace of our stay here has been our Hostel (Yajure), the hosts Liz and Chelly, and some of the great people staying there. The place is an old mansion converted to a Hostel overlooking the beach. Open concept layout and a great porch and second floor veranda with views of the cliffs and some inviting hammocks made us spend more time inside the Hostel than out in the town. We also met some really cool people from Quebec (Chad, Patrik and Alexandra) and some other interesting characters from all over the world which helped to make this stay and New Years eve an amazing party.
To give you guys an idea of the type of people that show up at San Juan del Sur and make all of look bad there is the story of "La Puerta". He came with 2 of his buddies on the second day we were there. That same night he "picked up" a girl and took her back to the dormitory (at 3am or so) where our Quebecer friends were. This is after people have already told him stories of hookers robbing entire hostels. Needless to say no one slept that night since everyone was scared that all their stuff was going to be stolen with that girl there. "La Puerta" himself admitted that he couldn't sleep since he was scared she was going to rob him. Finally the guard, who obviously saw them come in, but let it go for an hour or so, showed up at the dormitory with the girls "friend". An altercation started and "La Puerta" started panicking because he didn't speak any Spanish so he didn't know how to tell the girl to go. Our buddy Chad as a joke piped in with a suggestion, just tell her "The Door" in Spanish, or "La Puerta". Soon after "La Puerta" comes back to the dorm all happy. "It worked!" he yells. He later admitted he also gave the girl some money "to get her to go", but no, she was NOT A PROSTITUTE.
The New Years eve party itself was amazing with the town filling up to the brim with both people from abroad and from Nicaragua and everyone partying on the beach with fireworks on all sides. The sound systems these guys brought in for the event must have been worth more than most of the property in town. You could hear the music clearly a good half a kilometer away.
The next day all the spring breakers types started leaving and the town did start to loosen up a bit. In the end we had an awesome time and celebrated New Years in style, however the lack of a great beach would definitely prevent me from coming back in the future.
We're off to the twin volcanoes of Ometepe tomorrow so we're keeping an open mind. We hope Nicaragua still ends up enchanting us like it seems to do to many other people.