Lobster dinner and crazy bats
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We hooked up with a Scottish couple we met on the mountain to share a taxi to Playa Santa Domingo ( which is where all the tourist on the island converge because Lonely Planet says its pretty there) . Taking a taxi was a good idea as the local buses are horribly slow, drive long detours, and stop every 20 meters to pick up people along the road.. There is a limited amount of places to stay and eat along this beach, and there’s pretty much just tourists around. It was particularly difficult to find something good as Torunn insisted on Air con, and these places simply didn’t have it, or it was like 2 times the price of a fan room. In the end we made a compromise to try a fan room with a perfect location right by the beach such that we could hear the waves and all...
So we had about one day of relaxing time before it was time to go to Managua for Torunn to catch her flight. It was nice to just chill at the beach for once, and specially nice to be swimming in freshwater ; no more stinging on the eyes, no more salty taste in the mouth constantly….freshwater is cool.
We did keep in mind that the only freshwater sharks in the world live here, and might want a tourist leg as a change from all that boring fish. But fortunately they are almost extinct now due to over-fishing of both them and their prey(irony).
Even though we buttered up with sunscreen 30 we still managed to get burned afte like an hour….Scandinavian skin is`nt build for this crazy hot sun.
We took a trip from the beach to the eye of the water , which is a little waterhole not far from the beach. That was a pretty picturesque little spot ! The water was crystal clear, which was cool as I had my little mask with me and could chase the local fishies.
Cool to see some pretty parrots and love birds playing around too.
In the evening we decided to go for a real splurge, and went for a restaurant which was serving lobster. We both ordered the most expensive thing on the menu(lobster for 13$) and the most expensive wine (20$ bottle). It was our most expensive meal of the trip, but it was fun and memorable nevertheless….and the lobster was really tasty. Nicaragua is probably the cheapest place to try out some luxury lifestyles in any case ! We even got a bit tipsy from all the white wine.
It was annoying when we got the bill that they’d put on 25% extra in different taxes and tips… that makes quite a big difference on the final bill!
Getting back to our own place it was totally dark, exept for the moonlight. So we decided to take a romantic swim in the lake. It is very shallow, so you can easily walk like 150 meter out without the water even reaching chest level. So we walked and walked out there in the moonlight. Then we swam a bit….but the whole romantic notion was fading a bit as we were getting pounded by the waves, and the fact that a large blood sucking bat had followed us out there and was circling us waaaay to close.
We managed to escape the mean bat unharmed though….