So I intended to sleep in this morning but I sort of passed out by 8:30 last night, so I was wide awake by 7:00.. I guess that’s still sleeping in? The mornings here are cool and beautiful, and it’s fun to watch the school kids trickle in. I learned a bit more about the school here. The man who started it is Nicaraguan and has built it out of recycled 1.5 liter water bottles filled with certain kinds of waste. He started a program where villagers can bring these bottles filled with non-organic litter and he gives them money for them. It helps people of the community while cleaning up the town as well, and gives the kids a school! Pretty innovative!
I spent the morning wandering around the Hacienda/school grounds, catching up with family and updating this websites. Oh, and I made friends with a puppy.. The boys occupied their time figuring out border crossing logistics and fiddling with Sam’s bike.
For lunch we headed back toward the middle of the island to find an affordable place to eat before swimming at the freshwater springs called “ojo de agua”. A few places we checked were priced in U.S. Dollars, not a good sign, and definitely too pricey. We eventually found a decent place with good food. I’m definitely getting my fill of plantains! Yum!
We then headed to the springs, which were really nice. It’s a fresh water spring that comes up from the ground! We ran into another American motorcyclist that Sam and Evans met in Guatemala. He is heading south too, so maybe we’ll cross paths again down the road.
There was a slack line across the pool which we spent a good amount of time horsing around on. It was really nice to just float around the pool and stare up at the big trees.
We headed back to the Hacienda down the dirt and rocky roads. I am starting to get more comfortable with dirt roads and riding through water. It’s actually feeling kind of fun! I still have a lot to learn, though.
We spent the evening enjoying some cold beers while watching the sun set and listening to the monkeys hoot. Also, there are fire flies here! So cool! We discussed the next few weeks over dinner at the Hacienda. Evans and Sam are trying to find a reliable and cheap way to get from Panama to Columbia. I really hope they find a way that is close to when we cross. We have all agreed that it wouldn’t be a blast to explore Columbia and beyond together. At this point we already feel like old friends! Tomorrow we head into Costa Rica, so it’s going to be an early wake up to get across the lake in good time. ¡Buenas Noches amigos!