After just two nights it was time to roll out from Jorge’s. He’s a delightful man and I could have easily stayed longer, but Bernice, an American friend of mine from my time teaching in Korea, was in Nicaragua and the one time our schedules might overlap is the 3rd and 4th of June when we will hopefully both be in Granada, Nicaragua. With other things between Zambrano and Granada I had to leave. First on the list was a short ride to Tegus where David, a Costa Rican working for the
The highlight of my time in Gracias wasn’t the pretty colonial architecture, but the fun hanging out with some of the primary school students who came to visit the house. They reminded me of my students in Korea, except being at a school where they’re taught everything in English they could express their natural inquisitiveness more easily.
The road out of Gracias continued through the mountains, and I set off with the hope of getting to San Jose, the first town along the way for a
My plan meant I’d get to double back and descend the same climb into San Salvador that had been so toasty when I’d arrived a week earlier. The traffic was pretty light as I left shortly after 6am, but the descent wasn’t that fun, mainly because the new tyre handles quite differently and I’m not quite used to it. It’s a lightweight road tyre and has minimal grip, something that had me nearly lose control going over the bump between the lane and the shoulder that would
I’d been planning on spending a couple of days in San Salvador, but ended up there for a week. I got to eat a ridiculous number of pupusas, they seem to be eaten even more frequently than tacos in Mexico, hang out at a beach house and scuba dive for the first time through a friend of Lovo and Baiza, my host and his close friend. I also got to work through some of my Spanish self-study materials which although not a challenge had some new vocab for me, I now know the words fregar (to scrub)
After two parties, one for mother’s day and the other a birthday it was on to the capital city – San Salvador. I stopped by the really pretty Lago de Coatepeque, even though I think Lago de Atitlán is more gobsmacking. The one advantage Coatepeque has other than the lack of lots of tourists surrounding it is that you can go swimming in it. I skipped having to drop down and instead sat around the viewpoint to enjoy