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!Crazy Journey: 2 countries in 2 weeks!

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The Corn Islands is a very beautiful place – the water is clear and perfect for diving and snorkeling. I stayed mostly in Little Corn which has no cars and little modern luxuries but is very peaceful. I stayed at the beach in a wooden hut, did nothing for 3 days (chill in the hammock and eat fresh seafood) – good times. The flight to Corn Islands was really scary – the plane was soooooooo small, only 12 people can fit and you can feel the wind move the plane, thank God it was only a 1.5 hour flight.

I went back to Leon for my last week in Nicaragua & I stayed at a very tranquil hostel – La Tortuga Booluda – where I met up with Josephine, the German girl I met at Bocas del Toro, Panama. My last week in Leon was cool – I went to some bars that played really good live music, ‘La Olla Quemada’ is a really cool bar for the live music, ‘ViaVia hostel’ & ‘Taquezal’ are also good places to chill. Finally left precious Nicaragua on Sunday (Feb 14) after almost 2 months.

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El Mozote

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The border crossing was an experience. A lot of hustlers, harassing you. My first stop in Honduras was San Pedro de Sula – a very cool & modern state, we passed through Tegucigalpa – the capital. We visited 4 cities in Honduras in a week, crazy right? Originally, I planned on spending 2 weeks in Honduras but it started raining the 2nd day we got there and it rained for 4 straight days, we were lucky it didnt rain by the time we got to Copan Ruins. By the ways, the ruins are amazing but not as impressive as Tikal in Guatemala……..well one thing about Honduras is that they have almost all the American fast food chains from Pop Eye chicken to KFC – one day, we had Donkin Donuts for breakfast, Quinos sub for lunch and Pizza hut for dinner. At this time, I was tired of rice and beans – the typical food in Central America.

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We left for El Salvador on Monday……..something very upsetting happened in the bus at the border. Two armed border patrol came into the bus to look over passports and traveling documents, the one looking over the documents didnt ask anyone a single question until he got to me. He started asking questions such as where am going to? Why I was going to El Salvador, For how long I was going to stay there? Then he decided that he was going to search my bags and I was escorted from the bus to be searched. His partner reluctantly searched my bag and I went back on the bus, the upsetting thing was that I was the ONLY person searched and questioned. It made me wonder because I was not the only foreigner but I was the only black – maybe I’m over analyzing but in my opinion the search was not necessary and if searching was part of their routine then more people should have be searched.

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San Salvador – the capital of El Salvador is not a very pretty city, we stayed one night and left to Perquin – a very small town for about 5,000 people. We went there because of its history of the war, the town was a very strong opposition stronghold during the war and its museum is very informative – it had information on what caused the war and the US involvement in the war. I found out like with every revolution – a lot of young people died, mostly university students, a lot of women also fought (with guns and all) in the war – the museum also had guns that were used during the war, its a pity taking pictures inside the museum is prohibited.

Next stop was El Mozote – also a small town who suffered dearly during the war, the government troops killed over 700 people in a 3 days killing spree. We were told that the people of the town were divided into 3 groups: women (females of 9 years & over), Men and children and during the 3 days killing, the men were killed the first day then children followed, the women were raped first, then killed. So far over 200 bodies have been recovered, of which about 140 were children. Very sad history.

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After that we went to Alegria, another small town with kindhearted people, the town has only 3 hotels. Peaceful but not for me. We later left for  Playa El Tunco – my last stop in El Salvador before going to Guatemala. This beach town is dominated with surfers and since I don’t surf, there’s nothing to be done here but relax. I’m not complaining either because by Sunday, I would have seen 2 countries (9 cities) in two weeks, so I really need to just relax for a few days.
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Oh, how I can forget, I did a tattoo in Leon………..

Happy new month to you all……….

 

 

Panama: the 51st & cheapest state of USA

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I was sad about leaving Colombia, in my heart I considered myself a ‘paisa’ (a paisa is someone from the Antioquia state of Colombia) but at the same time, I was excited about exploring Central America especially Nicaragua and Mexico……….

I had the worst experience ever at the Colombian airport, my bags were searched – I mean they took out everything from the bag and even broke open one of my tampons, I do not know what they were looking for ……I was almost crying, anyways that is the past.

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Finally I was in Panama, I stayed in a hostel that is extremely hyped -Lunas Castle, for me it was just a big hostel with too many people and unclean. I met a girl from Texas on my very first day and together with other peeps from Israel , we explored Panama City. The most impressive sight is the canal – I have never seen such innovation before, we got to see a cruise ship going through the canal – I can not describe it so I’ll upload a video. After 6 days in the Panama City, I was ready to see Bocas del Toro (the Caribbean side). One thing I liked about Panama City was the food – the city has great food (better than in Colombia) for cheap and a lot of shopping mall selling cheap stuffs – so I got a 2 purses, a scandal, 2 flip-flops, a short and 10 pairs of underwear for only $10 USD – imagine, you can not get that deal anywhere else……….

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Bocas is cool & better than Cartagena (Colombia) in my opinion and have a lot of beautiful beaches……..my favorite so far is the wizard beach, then the playa estrella which has a lot of star fish, red frog beach is great also but you have to pay $3 to get in. The party here is great because every night there is ladies night somewhere so I do not have to pay for drinks -Que Bacano! The hostel I’m staying in – Hostel Heike- is cool, you meet wonderful people and the roof-top area is amazing, however the hostel is not very clean and you cannot get much sleep here either…..Christmas was very interesting, we spent the day at the beach, then went to dinner and party later on. So far there are a lot of people from Israel, Germany and Switzerland traveling this part of the world and you just have to love the SWISS.
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I crossed my first land border on the 28th, it was hassle-free – I was sort of disappointed when we got into Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (Costa Rica), and more frustrated when we couldn’t find a hostel or hotel because they are all fully booked to January 3. Well, we finally found a room in hotel puerto viejo, its not the best but we don’t have a choice. Now I understand why people say Costa Rica is very expensive. I wish I was still in Bocas del Toro……..

Well Happy New Year to all of you and thank you for reading my travel blog since I started writing it in August…………….