If I thought the travelling day when we entered into Nicaragua was long, that was nothing compared to today. We were on the road for 9 hours and on the water for almost 3. The day started at 6:30am with our 15 minute walk to the boat, 10 minutes across the water and then we waited 20 minutes for our bus to arrive. It was 4 hours to the border and we broke the journey up as usual for snacks and a toilet stop. At the border on the Nicaraguan side, we filled out our paperwork and handed our passports over. They got stamped and then we had to walk down to the water's edge and line up with our bags. Security searched the boy's bags (luckily there were only 4 of them) and they wanted to search two of the girl's bags as well (thanks Dani and Abs!) Satisfied, we were allowed to board the boat. We were the only tourists and the boat was a private one just for our group. I have to say it was the easiest and most relaxed border crossing I think I've ever done, except for when we got stopped by a border crossing patrol boat about two thirds of the way over the water and they looked a little scary with their guns. We were eventually waved through, though.
We landed on El Salvador soil in time for a late lunch. At the harbour, there wasn't any Security and we were greeted with a restaurant. I hadn't had any breakfast, so my banana milkshake and chicken quesadilla never tasted so good! We ate whilst our passports were taxied to Immigration and stamped. It all happened without us being there. And we didn't even have to worry about currency conversions because El Salvador adopted the American dollar as their own some time ago. Win!
Blogging is an amazing concept so here I am giving it a whirl. You'll get words. You'll get pics. Sometimes a vid or two. You'll get tongue in cheek, the odd humble opinion and an honest insight into my travels and writing life. Maybe even a few gems along the way. I'll be musing on home turf as I see more and more of the UK and sharing my experiences further afield on holidays and adventurous trips across the globe.