Yawn, stretchâ€¦ up at 6 am, bus station for 7.30 am and a 6 hour trip to Trinidad via more beautiful countryside. Weather a bit more clement after another storm in the wee small hours.
Journey smooth and fairly uneventful. Fell in love with Trinidad almost immediately on arrival!
Booking for our first Casa Particulares fell through but fortunately someone else in the same family had a vacancy. Hostal Santander [223 Lino PÃ©rez t: 53 (0-41)993 743] turned out to do very nicely thank you. Close to the bus station, balcony with great people watching scope, nice room and great home cooking courtesy of â€œMamitaâ€. Somehow we got by with our very limited Spanish and a good time was had by all.
Mornings were spent at the nearby (well 20 min bus ride) beautiful Ancon beach, walking, sunbathing, eating pizza and drinking beer.
Very amusingly ran into a couple of regulars from a pub back home that I used to drink in almost 20 years ago (hadnâ€™t seen them since then).
Afternoons spent exploring town, picking up knick knacks from the craft market and people watching in the square or from the balcony of our casa. Evenings spent eating good home cooked food, heading up to the Casa de la Musica to watch the live band and locals dancing fluid relaxed salsa.