'El Salvador seemed to be lacking in any redeeming features really but you may want to check it out if there’s stuff there that floats your boat. San Salvador, the capital where we had one night on a stop over, is lawless as f***. Expect to see security guards armed to the teeth, think Arnie in Commando style, very disconcerting.'
C. Warren 2011
It was all a whirlwind of decision making. Having given up school, I kicked around in San Pedro de Laguna for a while which is easy to do because it is a party town. My friend, a Belguian named Jurgen, described his time at San Pedro as being 'lazy by day, hazy by night' which sums it up perfectly. I had a tricky period where I became addicted to heroine but luckily it was a short lived affair. I am now bang in to crack cocaine.
Anyway, I went back to Xela to visit the excellent Anja who was still there, studying Spanish. It was also my Birthday weekend so, having partied it up in San Pedro, I wanted to celebrate in Xela where I lived for six weeks. Not only that but Ben also wanted
to give the place a look.
During the frivolities, Anja and I hatched out a genius plan which would mean me killing time for a week until she finished school and then we would have headed up to Tikal in Northern Guatemala. I had meant to visit but didn't wake up in time for the shuttle and couldn't be bothered to rebook and stay another night in Flores. Anyway, I had since found out that they filmed Return of the Jedi there and thus it's visitability status sky rocketed. Happy to have a plan set out (I had been a bit listless up to this point), I jaunted back to San Pedro on July 4th, my actual Birthday. Upon arriving, I found Ben and his friends TJ and Andy. They were planning on heading to Antigua and leaving for El Salvador the following day. A lot of highly amusing drama had gone down in my absence andy everyone was leaving. I won't go in to the drama too much here as I'm sure my friends will be reading this but it involved a baby chicken, a cocaine bust, the death of afforementioned chicken (not so funny) and a few
break ups. "San Pedro's all getting a bit 'The Beach', isn't it" I quipped whittily to which everyone laughed loads. I put down my previous listlessness to needing a change of scenery and so I decided to join The Boys. It would be my first Boy Holiday. I'm happy with my decision. We do things like calling each other 'horse' or 'dog', eye up ladies (some of us more than others... the four of us are pretty nicely balanced on that score), watch The Usual Suspects, break wind, drink beer, say 'that's what she said' after almost every statement and generally kick around being great. Apparently we are a wolf pack.
The plan, then, was to get a shuttle to Antigua, still in Guatemala (Chicken Bus is practically the same price) for a night and then travel to the surfer town of El Tunca in El Salvador in order to arrange more travel to Nicuragua as quickly as possible. This would mean heading to San Salvador (see above quote) before bussing it 10 hours or something to Nicuragua's Managua which is a dive but there are four us (I'm the best). From Managua we head straight to Granada and
from there it's 10km to an absolutely balls to the wall ace sounding hostel set in the tree tops. Just imagine; you encounter a hippy and simply fling them over a railing. Perfect.
I am writing this from El Tunca which is OK. It's VERY expensive to do most things but two of the boys have headed to the supermarket where they will be purchasing food and rum and beer. This makes things cheaper by far. The town is a surf town and, aside from Strong British Surfers whom I know from the UK, surfers are mostly irritatingly self assured twats with lots of muscle and no fat. They do things like never wear t shirts and walk around with surf boards. To me, surfing is whack and pointless and what's under the water is waaaay more interesting than twatting about on a surf board, bating sharks and thus scoring them (sharks) a bad reputation. Nice one surfers.
Anyway, on to something else...
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