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Published: March 23rd 2012
Fountain in main square
Up for a surprisingly good breakfast (considering it was only a hostel!) of either guava or cashew juice (juice from the fruit of the same tree that gives cashew nuts - somehow doesn't taste quite right as a drink and prefer it in nut form), scrambled eggs, fresh bread, two or three different varieties of home-made cakes, fresh papaya, banana or watermelon and as much coffee and tea as we could drink.
The only difference - it would seem - from a hotel room and a hostel room is that you are given your sheets and have to make your bed yourself and if you want a towel, you have to pay about 2GBP to rent it for the length of your stay......
We took our laundry (clothes from the past three or four days) to the local laundry lady 50 yards from the hostel and will collect it later. We have managed to avoid doing any washing at all so far as up until now, all the laundry services have been really cheap (like 3GBP for a suitcase full). Not this time, however and we are going to have to pay the equivalent of 14GBP which although exhorbitant
Restaurant - thank you Trip Advisor!
makes life easier and the clothes come out cleaner than with hand-washing.
Walked into town. Ed was delighted to get a hair cut as weather is very hot. The town is basically one very long street of shops, bars, restaurants and cafes with a large central square at the end with a misty fountain with two tiled fish in the centre. It's a very pleasant little place.
Streaks of lightning and great claps of thunder and suddenly the rain was pelting down so took shelter in a cafe attached to a garage on the way out of town and had an empanada-type thing and a drink whilst waiting for the rains to abate as overproofs were packed away in our cases......
We collected our washing before returning to the hostel where we sat under the sheltered area and got quite cold as with the rain came a really cold wind. We were the coldest we have been since Cusco! Had a free cup of coffee from the hostel's kitchen and went back to the room for showers. Sat around and read for a while and at 6.00 pm walked back into town to find an early dinner.
Rain, rain and more rain!
We went to the number 1 restaurant on Trip Advisor and the food was excellent. We had a sort of South American Soupe de poisson (using local river fish) with grated cheese and spring onion bits to put into the soup with an oregano tasting cold toasted french bread with a hot chili sauce. It was really tasty. This was followed by another grilled local fish with capers which came with rice and sauteed boiled potatoes which tasted like it had been grilled in coconut oil. It was also good although it was not the cheapest meal we have eaten.
It was raining again as we left the restaurant to walk the 30 minutes back to the hostel so we donned our overproofs and stopped off at the Internet machines to finish our blog for the day.
We are off tomorrow to the Pantanal region and will probably have an early night when we get back. We suspect there won't be internet for the next couple of days.
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