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Published: March 27th 2017
First of all: sorry for my super late update. I have been so lazy to put pictures or to write the blog. a lot has happened over the last few months.
On my day off, I went with the shuttle from León to el Tunco. I had a great day there. I went with Guayo to lake Coatepeque and in the evening I had dinner at Casa Bonita where Devon&Greg stayed with some other people and later I went out with the girls. I stayed the night with Claudia and the next morning I got on the shuttle back to León... Before the shuttle even left (I was already in it) My boss told me that I could stay in el Tunco to cover the girl in the office here because she was going on holidays for a week. I jumped out of the shuttle as quick as I could. He didn't have to tell me twice!
I immediately ran to the beach, because I knew they were releasing baby turtles into the sea that morning. I was just in time and even released one myself and called him Raphy (from the ninja turtles haha). I was so happy
to be part of this. So special and super cute!
Also, that day I saw Rick! He thought I was in León and I didn't know he was here at all so it was a funny surprise!
That week I could stay in Jake's room in Layback because he stayed with his girlfriend Erika anyway. At least someone was using the bed he payed for! :D
Every day I walked on the beach until Sunzal and back, went for a swim and off to work, still salty and full of sand. I really enjoyed the mornings. a Week later I asked for a few more days because it was Hilde's birthday. Ruth and I made oreo-cake and with another Dutch girl and Hilde's boyfriend we went for dinner and later for a drink.
When I talked with my boss about the date I should come back to León he eventually told me that I should stay in el Tunco if I really loved it so much. He also liked that I was working there because the other 2 employees could only stay until 3 or 4. They both live in San Salvador so they have to catch
the bus on time. With me in the office they could stay open until 7, so they sold more. Again, he didn't have to ask me twice.
I did feel bad about staying in the room for free still, so I moved to the dorm for $5 a night. Jake was leaving soon anyway.
To compensate the fact I couldn't enjoy the sunsets so often anymore, I woke up early every day to see the sunrise. Also very very beautiful. In the morning it's nice and quiet on the beach. I get so much energy from it too!
My 90 days in CA-4 (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras & Nicaragua) were coming to an end. You either have to go outside (Mexico or Costa Rica) or go to immigration in the capital to pay $25 for an extra 90 days. Devon & Greg had the same problem, so I asked Guayo if he could help us out (a local person has to come vouch) and he did. This way I could quietly proceed with my visa application for Canada. I didn't hear anything from Rocky Mountaineers, but I did get back from the Canadian government. I got the
Sebastien, a guy I met at Layback, had told me about a place called Tofino. It's a surfers town on Vancouver Island where he worked. I checked it out, sent an email and I got back from them very quickly. I think a week later they told me I was hired! Time to book the flights! Ruth, Carly and Hilde said I shouldn't go there before my birthday, so I booked the flights on the 20th of march. This way I had enough time to enjoy el Tunco a little longer and celebrate my birthday with friends.
In the meantime I was fully enjoying my stay in el Tunco. I found a room on the other side of the river for $100 for the whole month, so I moved there to spend my last month. Living there does make you appreciate things like running water and a washmachine. Water would come from the mountains every other morning from about 6:00 until 9:00. If you want to have a shower any other time, you have to go for the famous bucket shower. I must say, I didn't have any problem with it though.
I've spent a
lot of time with Hilde, Ruth, Carly, Marnie and Alexandra.
Our usual breakfast in the morning and dinner after work. And not to forget our icecream after dinner. Now and then I'd go out at night too. If I didn't go, the girls would come and gossip in the office the next day so I never really missed out on anything. Like that I was also never bored at work, because there was always someone with a story.
With Marnie I went to the waterfalls in Tamanique again with Guayo as our guide. He also took me to Ruta de las Flores and Volcano Santa Ana. Unfortunately we didn't see the crater once we reached the top. It was so foggy and cloudy! but it's ok, just another reason to come back again. Ruta de las Flores was really nice! We went to several villages (I liked Ataco the most), Lago Verde and the Juayua waterfalls. It was an amazing day!
Another amazing day was with Hilde. We spent most of the day on the other side of the river. In the morning we took a coconut from a tree and looked for someone with a machete
(which isn't hard to find here) to cut it open for us, so we could drink the coconut water and eat the inside. After that, we took a green mango from the tree. When we went to the lady who sells the best horchata, we got some marañones (the fruit where the cashewnut comes from) from the tree that grows on her property. And last but not least we got a few Gocotes from the girl that lives next door (Adriana). It was so funny! We ate all day long fruits from the trees and didn't buy anything (except for the 25 ct horchatas).
Also I shouldn't forget the day I was bitten by a dog. I was invited inside the house of the woman who sells already cut fruits on the street. Another day I played with her dogs, so this time I went to pet them. One of them got jealous or something and bit me in my foot. It didn't hurt or anything, but the wound was pretty deep. When I met up with Hilde to get some horchata it still didn't stop bleeding and she told me to go to the medical centre. We hitchhiked
there and they cleaned it up and put a stitch in it. I was super nervous for the stitch (I know, I'm a pussy), but Hilde and I made so much fun of this situation, it made me laugh a lot!
The last month went so quick! Before I knew it, it was my birhtday! the girls surprised me with decorations, a crown (they were wearing party hats) and a piñata. We had dinner at Casa Bonita and after the piñata was destroyed, we went out. It was a super fun night!
the 20th I had to leave. I felt really sad about it, but I knew it was the right time. I had my last breakfast with the girls and after that, Guayo brought me to the aiport, after he had shown me Zunganera.
Again, el Tunco has brought me so much fun and memories. I hope to be back one day. el Tunco.. is magical!
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