6 hours later we arrived at the border and after paying all the "semi legit" exiting and entering fees, we were in Nicaragua! From here we were heading to San Juan Del Sur on the south pacific coast. We ended up paying a taxi driver to take us, and it only cost $25 and took about 40 minutes for all of us to go from the border to the front door of the hostel.
We stayed at Hostel "Surfing Donkey" which had some really nice staff, and a fun little bar and pool to cool off and relax.
First day in town we didn't get up to much, just perused through some shops and got smoothies. Oh and then we found the mini local produce markets at "Big Wave Dave's." Here we ate about 10 delicious pork and ham rolls with home made coleslaw and chased it down with plenty of equally delicious home baked lemon slices. Needless to say dinner afterwards was pretty small. If you're in SJDS on a Saturday morning, seriously go check it out!
The next day was Sunday. And in San Juan that means Sunday Funday, which is basically a gigantic pub crawl to several bars and hostels around town, many of which have pools.
I had woken up early to go for a surf beforehand, but alas there wasn't much going on at the beach we had planned to go to. Myself and Federico, an Argentinian guy from our hostel, found a group of other travellers from France and the US who had a ute, so we ended up jumping in the tray and what was meant to be a short morning outing turned into a close to 6 hour ordeal.
The day turned out to be as advertised, both fun and a Sunday, despite the exxy $30 US entry fee. Whilst some of our friends kicked on into the early hours, the sun and suds caught up with me and Bec and we ended up turning in before the last bar on the tour really got going.
Next morning we got up and swapped plenty of funny stories with new friends from the night before, and basically spent the day hanging out around town. Many hung smoothies and tacos were consumed by all. That afternoon we shook off the cobwebs by walking up to the big Jesus statue looking over the town. The view from here is awesome and certainly worth the 20 odd minute walk from town.
Next stop, Isla Ometepe!