09/03 A new day, a new country. The border crossing was a bit confusing due to a lack of signs or officials of any kind but once I tracked down the immigration offices all was well. $10 to get into Nicaragua.
Saw some interesting things on the road today. First up were two kids fishing. That was the first time I’ve seen people fishing since leaving California (technically I don’t think I saw anyone there fishing but I’m sure there are fish somewhere; there’s just not a lot of water). No fishing rods, they were just tossing out some line. As for the quality of the water, since leaving northern Honduras the water is not quite as brown and looks like it might be cleaner (not so many garbage piles nearby or people washing themselves/clothes/dishes). It could be that things actually live in it I guess. Whether or not I’d eat it is a different story.
The second thing was kind of disturbing only because at one point I actually owned a couple as pets. Some kids were selling rather large lizards (iguanas presumably) at the side of the road. Not sure what was in store for the dead lizards, at least I think they were dead–2 of them were being held up by their tails and it looked like the were tied together. Down the road a ways there was a little shack by the road and the lady was grilling up chicken nuggets. Maybe it wasn’t though…
The hotel I’m at is OK (Las Fronteras). Small room but for $11 it’s not the worst place I’ve stayed. The owners are really nice and helped me break back into my room after I locked it by accident (they don’t have a key). Knowing that no one is going to walk in on me by accident is a bit refreshing. That’s happened a couple times. Knocking first isn’t a big thing with the cleaning crews in these parts. I had my first bucket shower too. It was a little weird but at least I’m dirt free.
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