We slept a long time last night. Probably went to sleep at like 9 and finally arose after 7 am. Walked down the street and went straight to Casa Oro to sign up for Turtle Watching. They wanted the money right away, I didn´t have it on me so we signed up and said we´d be back after breakfast. Strolled to the beach and went to Josselin´s for breakfast. It is one of the many restaurants built up on to the side of the street with the other side going down onto the beach. Thatched roofs with open balconies/porches, etc…think every beach side restaruant in Mexico or the like you´ve ever seen. This town is condsiderably touristy and is getting more so. The rest of the country is not really at all and feels more authentic, SJDS feels a lot more like Mexico. The prices reflect that as well, everything, exept our sweet hotel, seems to be about 1/3 pricier, especially drinks and food.
Did a bank run, the ATM is in frontish of Hotel Casa Blanca if you´re looking, and then headed back to Casa Oro to pay for turtles. Found out the details and planned to be back there at 7:30 that evening ready to go with the camera gear all cleaned up. After this we headed to the beach. It´s a nice enough beach set into a crescent moon shaped bay. We walked the length of it heading towards the giant statue on the hill which is either of Jesus or I figure Saint John (We made a bet and I found out later that it is Jesus not San Juan as it should be….) it just started pouring outside. No warning this time, I love the rainy season…without the rain I´d be dying of heat stroke on a daily basis…Anyways we walked pretty much the length of the beach crossing the “river” which is about 6 feet wide and 6 inches deep where it flows into the bay and took some photos of the statue. We walked back stopping on the way to watch some people attempting to surf in the relativel small waves as this is not the surfing beach.
Eventually we plopped down in the sand and I attempted to fill in my absolutely killer farmers tan. I don´t see it happening as the farmer´s tan is hardcore dark from the Volcano climb and the rest of our time in Nicaragua. It is fun to see the locals and the tourists look in utter shock at my perfect inverse of a t shirt imprint on my body. Almost as good as the stares Lindsay gets for being white and freckled, not a lot of those down here. Tanning didn´t go too well, this morning, next day, I woke to find random burn sploches in new patterns on my chest and stomach, now I look like I have some sort of skin condition, oh well, maybe surfing will even it out.
We both took turns playing in the water which is so warm that it almost doesn´t cool you down at all from the heat, luckily the showers are a bit colder. Stopped in at another beach hut restaurant on the walk for Pina Coladas, Iguanas I think, the one with the Jolly Rogers, they were good and pretty cheap compared to the other places we´ve gone. Barbarro in Leon is still winning though, cheapest and best at C$40 each. We headed back to the hotel for another shower to get rid of sand and then had a siesta in preperation for the turtle excursion that night.
Post siesta involved walking town and exploring the shops, market, and food places around. Taking photos of doors, and signs, and the general generalness of the town. I found some Toña shirts in the market, the beer I´ve been drinking a lot of, and will come back tomorrow to get them as they were cheapish at about $4 each. Stopped for more piña coladas at El Timon on the beach, more expensive but slightly better than the last place, the food looks much to pricey though.. Dinner was had at the BarioCafe kind of in the middle of the town a block of the beach. It was a very nice place. Cute little cafe type feel with a courtyard space, water fountain and the funniest looking Beagle/Daschund cross of a dog. He said hello to everyone that came in, licked your feet and the followed you to your table. Then he followed this one girl around all night whome I´m assuming is his owner. For a small creature that some people like to call a dog, he was kinda fun. Food was good and they have a choclate brownie with ice cream we´re coming back for tomorrow when we´re not already full.
Got back to the hotel, changed for going out all night onto the beach, cleaned up the cameras and then headed to Casa Oro to go see Turtles!!!
It was canceled.
Apparently the park itself has been closed to the public so they can do some research or something… or it was closed for dignitaries…the stories are a little confusing, even the one english lady didn´t really know whey we couldn´t go…we´re signed up to go tomorrow providing it still isn´t closed. This is not cool and throwing a big kink into my plans of turtle watching. Apparently yesterday when we got here if we had known to go on the tour right away, which was full Lindsay tells me, over 3000 tortugas came onto the beach. grrrr…
So we ended up at this cyber cafe again to kill some dark hours catching up on this diary blog. Then we headed to the “Traditional Irish Pub” down the street for drinks. How much you want to bet that no Irish pub in Ireland is called “Traditional Irish Pub”. It was 9:30, it was closed, also not very Irish, maybe it wasn´t open yet? (not true though we saw it earlier in the day). Went back to the hotel and hung out on the front step in the rocking chairs watching the traffic go by at night. I enjoy that and will try and do that everywhere I go. Plop myself down on a corner somewhere and just watch the town, very enlightening, informative and always entertaining. Took a few pictures as well.
Went to sleep, hoping for turtles the next day…