I am now in Casares, Nicaragua. A small fishing village that used to be the hot spot for people from Managua to come for the weekends to get away from the city.
The spot to do that now is a place called San Juan de sur, further south of Casares. Still on the ocean, San Juan de sur has much more of a harbor, and is built up quite a bit. This is where the people from the city go now, to their weekend homes.
Since the locals like it, this is also where you go as a tourist, to be by the ocean. A relatively small town, it is tucked away off the main highway, with houses being built going up the local hillsides. Like California, when the rains come or an earthquake hits, the houses will eventually loose their footings and collapse.
I found Casares by mistake, which appears to be my main way of finding cool, out of the way places.
There is a tourist town that the government has set up on the opposite end of the road that runs along the beach. Since the government has decided to charge to get into the village, I made a u-turn and headed down south. Took a right, and what appears? This nice little hotel in the middle of this remote village. Hotel Casino, run and owned by Patrice Glo - and ex-pat from France.
I think about 12 rooms, and it is the easiest hotel to get to. There is another hotel in town, the Hotel Lapita, but one has to go down a dirt/stone/gravel road, so I decided to stay at the Hotel Casino.
Having a 5 day pass to get through Nicaragua, and the hassle at the border crossing between Honduras and Nicaragua, I needed to relax for a few days before exiting and coming back into Nicaragua. I knew ahead of time it was going to be stressful, and the border guards did not let me down. Took about 7 hours to get to Costa Rica and then get back into Nicaragua for in order for me to get my 90 visa.
So, having stayed here once, and enjoying Patrice Glo's hospitality, I have decided to try again to get in a groove of writing on a regular basis and see about getting a little money going from the articles and pictures.
I overheard a lady traveler talking about how great it was to be a fisherman here. The camaraderie of working together to get the boats out into the ocean, and then getting them back into shore.
I sat and watched, and thought to myself, "Self, that is a lot of work - camaraderie or whatever. I would NOT want to do that day in and day out to make a living."
If you check out my slide show, you will see the work these fishermen go through to get the equipment to the shore, load the boat, and get the boat launched.
Launched may not be the right word - more like rolled into the ocean. They use logs to move the boat along the beach to get into the ocean. Takes about 8 guys to get this accomplished.
Then once out into the ocean, they lower their nets, come close to shore and sit for 3 to 4 hours while the nets get filled with fish. They then go back, haul in the nets, race into the beach and pull the propeller up so it does not get caught up in the sand or rocks.
The process is repeated, putting the boat on logs to roll in up further on the beach away from the surf.
Then it is unloading the fish, getting the fish weighed and getting payed for the catch. Lots of work,little money but it is their way of life here. All I can say is, "Self, better them then me!"
My article about the hassles at the border irked one of the ex-pats that reads my blog. He said press like that would hinder travelers coming into Honduras.
Travelers of the world - the hassles at borders in Central America are like kids going in and shop lifting at a candy store.
The U.S.A. and Europe are stealing so much money from their citizens that soon the second great depression will occur. It is ridiculous that the people have not revolted and kicked out their crooked politicians and bankers. If you do not believe me, then read zero hedge or The Solari Report Blog for a week. Then you will understand why the border crossing hassles are really minor compared to the shenanigans that are going on in Europe and the U.S.A.
So travelers, all of Central America is good to visit. Just don't buy into this stuff that it is all "Paradise". There are hassles, there is "mordida" that will solve problems before they get big.
"Mordida" is a bite. A little piece of the "action". The locals do not view it as a bribe, but as a way of doing business. This has been going on since the Spaniards were the rulers of the area. Not going to change anytime soon. It is a custom and a way of life. Just accept it, and it becomes a lot easier to deal with.
Again, compared to the theft that the banks and government officials are doing in Europe and the U.S.A., it is a very minor hassle. At least the officials here are up front and open about it. Unlike their counterparts in the U.S.A. and Europe, who try and convince their citizens that robbing them is for their best interests.
Before arguing with me about the theft in the western world, read zero hedge and the Solari Report Blog for a week.
Then, if you do not get the fact that in Europe and in the U.S.A. the government and banks are robbers, then voice your opinion about the great benefits of our world leaders. (That in itself should lead to great articles!)
Cheers for now!