Pitch black and sweaty

I had no set plans today so I was a true wanderluster. After some time on the beach, I decided I needed some food and a coffee. While sitting at Zwarf Cafe, I ran into some of my Shaka friends who were walking around town. Of course, I tagged along with them because I missed them already! Eventually they dropped me back off at my hostel where I met my roommate.

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Tiko breakfast at The Bakery
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Platanos and Guac
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Man o’ war (don’t step on it!)

We were on our way to meet up with a guy from Minnesota who was on her plane, but stopped at the Super Ronny for a canned mojito first. While inside, it began to storm like crazy. Then, everything went black. It was clear there would be no beach hangout, so instead, we ran to a nearby pizza joint hoping their stoves were wood fire and not gas. It was our lucky day and the ovens were working. We ordered pizza and wine and sat in the dark. Occasionally the electricity would go back on for 5 seconds and the whole place would cheer. However, it turned off 5 seconds after that and everyone would “awwww”. It went on like that the rest of the night.

We arrived back to the hostel, no lights, no A/C, no Wifi and no way to charge our phones. While it was a bit stressful, it was kind of funny and ironic. The rest of the night was spent in true sleepover mode. We stayed up talking about anything and everything, with the occasionally pause to cheer when the lights came back on temporarily. They went off for good around 10pm and didn’t go back on until 7am. Even the cell towers were down so if anyone was trying to reach us, it wasn’t happening.

On my last full day, I decided to join Helina for an afternoon surf. She had an instructor, but I decided to try it solo since I was on the same beach as last week, Playa Hermosa.  It was my first time ever going surfing alone but I felt confident. The waves were still very choppy from the storm last night, coming from every which direction. The white water was pretty fun since it was so choppy but it was hard to surf a clean wave. Then, there was a sudden opening out to the green waves so I decided to take it. I paddled out and only minutes after getting out there a wave was coming my way. I took it and caught it! I rode just a short distance before it closed out on me and I came crashing down. It was then I realized I was very far out and in very deep water (low tide). The waves were so unpredictable that I got a little scared and ended up going back to shore.

I finished my last night with sushi, spicy margaritas, live music and of course laying in bed praying for the A/C to turn back on (power went out again).

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