I had a wonderful time in Santa Ana. Hostel was the best I have ever stayed in, and I got to go to the old restored National Theater twice. Performances that would have cost $100 in Canada were $3 and $5. I travelled to San Miguel to split up the trip to Leon Nicaragua as I knew it was too far for me to attempt in one day. Leaving San Miguel I started off with a good brekkie ($1.50) then my first bus to Santa Rosa ($.80). I write down where I am going, in order, in case I pronounce a place wrong. When I ask which bus, people always take me to the door of the bus – guess they think I am too stupid to follow where they point. Actually, people are just so kind and helpful. First bus was an old sightseeing one, pretty good. Every stop people come on selling anything and everything. You could buy panties, socks, shoes, candy, drinks, other food?, big pkgs of toilet paper, pills one at a time etc. Second bus was a very very old school bus, with a very very old driver. His seat was a pile of cardboard. ($1.) Got me to the border. Pedicab taxi kid took me to El Salvador Immigration for exit stamp, then Honduras Immigration, then to the bus.
I blew the budget – spent $6 for a directo microbus. As many people as could be crammed in, horrible roads in Honduras – 3 hours of not much fun. Another pedicab, Honduras exit visa, and then Nicaragua Immigration for entrance. Lots of gauchos on horses around this border. Another old school bus ($.60) and that chicken bus had chickens. One more change ($40) and I was in Leon. Long hot day – but lots of fun. Locals check often to make sure I am okay – and I am!! Now Nicaragua!!