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Monday Night Football in Costa Rica

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

This place is so over run with Gringos it is really starting to get on our nerves. Even the $18.00/night hostel we stayed in Liberia had cable TV with all the major American TV stations CBS, TNT, Nickelodeon, Food Network, HBO, Cinemax, and others. I think it is totally crazy that all the room rates we have been quoted so far were in American dollars. If you actually want to pay in the local currency you have to ask them to convert the bill (which they do at a pretty shitty exchange rate).

We arrived in Liberia last night and after settling in our room we went out to the closest restaurant to our hostel. [read on]

Nicaragua to Costa Rica

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

We arrived in Granada with our friend Cy and spent two nights there. Granada is probably the most beautiful town in Nicaragua. It is an old colonial town with buildings painted in bright colors. There was a lively market and we took a boat ride out to an island and saw monkeys. This was a big hit with William and Julian. Granada is next to Lake Nicaragua and there a lot of small islands close to the shore. A lot of these islands have been bought by wealthy Nicaraguans and they build houses on them. One of the owners decided to put monkeys on his island. When he got tired of them he put them on a neighboring island and one of the big tourist attractions is to take a boat out and see the monkeys. William was hoping that we could go onto the island because he wanted to run with the monkeys. Unfortunately you can only float by. It’s a monkeys-only island.

Our next stop was Isla de Ometepe which is farther south on Lake Nicaragua. The island consisted of two volcanoes connected in the middle. Cy was interested in climbing the active volcano and Matthias decided to join him. They left at 4:45 AM and it took them 10 hours to climb up and down the volcano, but the experience and stories they have been telling sure seem worth it. (Although Matthias is still not sure what is easier – 10 hours without the children or 10 hours of sheer agony of climbing a 5000+ foot volcano.) They had a great guide who told them a lot about the animals and ecosystem of the place they were climbing. They even saw about a dozen howler monkeys and a coral snake.

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10 Hours and 1650 meters (over 5000 feet)

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Sorry I can’t write a whole lot, but our friend Cy and I just returned from climbing the Conception volcano on Ometepe island in Nicaragua. I won’t be able to move for the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Driving In Managua

Friday, November 17th, 2006
The day after our border crossings we decided to continue on to Leon.  We had heard that it is one of the prettiest towns in Nicaragua and ended up being completely disappointed.  To top it off we were ... [Continue reading this entry]

The Other Side of the Border

Thursday, November 16th, 2006
We had several blog entries so far describing how complicating and stressful it can be to cross borders in Central America. I don’t even know why we feel that they are so stressful, because technically, other than getting ... [Continue reading this entry]

2 Border Crossings in One Day

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006
As you might guess by the title of this blog entry this was one of the most stressful days we have had so far.  We left Suchitoto, El Salvador and headed towards the Honduras border.  The drive was ... [Continue reading this entry]

Leaving El Salvador

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006
We left the coast of El Salvador after 6 nights.  We had found a great place to stay and really enjoyed meeting the Peace Corps volunteers and the Austrians, but the new crowd was becoming dumber by the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Surfing for Jesus!

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Good God I miss the Austrians. In the last 2 weeks we’ve have met 4 people from Austria and also a couple from Switzerland whose company we really enjoyed. We are still in El Salvador in ... [Continue reading this entry]

Border Crossing Into El Salvador

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006
We left Antigua around 8:00 AM.  We wanted to get an early start since you never know how long the crossings will take.  We made great time and got to the border sooner than we expected.  Leaving ... [Continue reading this entry]

Adios Guatemala

Monday, November 6th, 2006
As we did for Mexico, we thought we would summarize some of our impressions of Guatemala.  We’ve been here for nearly 6 weeks and have seen quite a bit of this country. [Continue reading this entry]