Saturday, 6 January 2018

My Central American Adventure: DAY 19 - NICARAGUA

The hostel I stayed in last night was absolutely awful - or so I thought. The guy asked for euros then backtracked and charged the same in dollars. The room has graffiti on the wall, the shower was freezing and the WiFi didn't work. The bedroom was pokey and had a fan you couldn't turn off. Seriously, I've been to hostels that cost much less who are doing it much better! I ordered my shuttles with them too and although good, they were late and longer than they said. They didn't have any WiFi like they implied and the vans weren't comfortable.

Then we had a really fun bus ride to Granada, our bus driver was funny and chatty and I spoke to a few of the other girls travelling. It seems that Granada is the place to be!

When we arrived in Granada, we were dropped to the door of our hostel. Now I said last night's hostel was bad, but I didn't know anything lol! This hostel was like last night's hospital and the Honduras toilet combined. It was so gross we didn't want to put our things down. I understand Nicaragua is the second poorest country in Central America, but seriously, cleaning is a necessity in hospitality surely? Needless to say, we left. The next two hostels were either full or unsuitable but then we found a little private and stayed there. It's a cute hostel.

I'm not going to lie; I had a real travel low today. I've been a bit shaky since that man tried to steal from me, and this place does not help that one bit. It's horrible to feel targeted or vulnerable. It's hard here as well because kids are trying to get money from you left right and centre, and they follow you around.

Anyway, I was in a slump and at a loss as to what I should do. So, I started speaking to a lovely girl from my hostel who is also heading to Costa Rica and her advice was just so good.

She reminded me that just because you travel doesn't mean you don't have shit days. She reminded me to embrace it for a day or two and then head forward and she reminded me to be brave, she's a blonde solo traveller too - and she doesn't even speak Spanish! She said some very profound things about being here to make her have more gratitude for what she already has, and I often think that. Especially here in Central America!

That girl helped me practically and mentally bless her, an absolute angel! I'm sure I will get over being a sad old sap once I've had a proper nights sleep. Travelling opens you up to the right people at the right time, and I love that!

Anyway, enough of my moaning etc. I have just been scared and tearful, but just with everything - this too shall pass.

Today has made me really thankful for my true friends back home. I miss them (specifically my Katrina and Alison). I miss my dog immensely. I miss feeling safe and confident. I miss a clean bath. I am grateful to have those things. I'm also grateful to have working wifi, to have a roof over my head and to be safe here in Nicaragua.

I'm grateful for the opportunities I've been given and I'm grateful for the lows as they make you appreciate the highs.

Peace Out Potatoes! xo


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