“Stop the pump!”, Siri exclaims while pulling our flimsy wallet open. We only have 150 Quetzales and the gas pump reads 180. We ask the two older ladies working at this somewhat legitimate gas station if they take credit card. “No, solo efectivo”.
What a diverse drive!
This morning, we left our beloved Central American pearl, Playa El Tunco (and Hotel Mopelia)…
Magasinet Reiselyst har kåret Norges beste reiseblogg og jeg kom på en fantastisk 5. plass! Silje, som står bak bloggen “Den afrikanske farmen” vant velfortjent med sine flotte bilder og skildringer fra sitt liv i Namibia. De andre bloggene på topp fem listen er “Bobleliv” som skriver om reising med fokus på dykking. Birgit og Anders er to spreke folk som er på en to år lang sykkeltur i Europa og Amerika. Nina og Mads reiser jorden rundt og er for øyeblikket i vakre Argentina. Jeg er utrolig takknemlig og veldig stolt for å bli nevnt i dette eksklusive selskap!
Stor takk for oppmerksomheten til Magasinet Reiselyst med redaktør Torild Moland i spissen, sammen med blogger, fotograf og journalist Johnny Haglund, samt markedssjef i Solia AS, Cecilie Gilhuus Jørve!
Til dere som har fulgt med oss på bryllupsreisen så langt, tusen takk! Til nye lesere, velkommen ombord! Vi er bare halvveis (på denne turen), så følg med videre!
Funlovingliving has been voted Norway’s fifth best travel blog by the Norwegian travel magazine Reiselyst. I am very thankful and honored to have made it to top five! To those of you who have been joining us on our honeymoon so far, thank you! To new readers, welcome onboard! We are only halfway (on this adventure), so keep following!
The borders are becoming more Central American! Compared to how we knew them from our past trip in 2007, they are fairly straight forward. However, when you realize the past entrance stamp was the completely wrong date and you therefore lack the appropriate exit stamp, it starts getting complicated…
Whether the El Salvadorian border officials believed me when I said it must be the Guatemalan border patrol’s fault and not mine, I don’t know. After a long while of me sweating my t-shirt to a drip with worry and heat, they came over and said it’s okey as long as I leave the CA-4 countries (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua) within 90 days of the original entrance stamp (the wrong one, saying I entered Guatemala Sept 7.) A-OK with me!
After some more waiting for the car papers…
…and then some more waiting…
…we were finally in El Salvador!
The heat is blazing, the palm trees are swaying in the breeze, the smiles are wide and the sun is hanging high on the blue sky. We have found ourselves a beautiful spot and will be staying for a week before we venture over another border.
Honey is back in action!
Kyler and the boss of the mechanic shop went to Guatemala City yesterday to get parts and the work was finished today. The tie rod was way too expensive at the Volkswagen dealer so they ended up getting a Mazda tie rod. The threading was a bit off in size so it was re-threaded at a mechanic work shop. It took an entire day, but all for a fraction of the cost of the original VW part. The relationship between time and money is not as we know it. We now have a new tie rod, new break pads and new oil.
We drove off the mechanic’s ground and found ourselves the best and safest campground in Central America – in the Antigua police force’s back yard. We are parked amongst ruins and some of the world’s coolest road trippers.
There’s a family with two kids from Quebec traveling all over North-, Central- and South America in a year. There’s a guy from the island of Jersey in the English Channel who’s been on the road for 18 months via Finland, Russia, South East Asia, US, Canada and back down. All with his beloved Land Rover from home. There is a hard core converted truck shipped over from Switzerland. Very inspiring, very cool. I feel so lucky to be part of this different and very exclusive gang.
Not many things happen as they are planned. After a massive hit with a pot hole early this afternoon, Honey’s tie rod got completely killed. We came to an abrupt stop in the countryside. Several people came about to help us and we got towed to Antigua. Not a bad place to be while Honey gets fixed.
I guess it is part of the game, but DAMN that was a hard hit!!
We left Huehuetenango with the intention of crossing or getting close to the border of El Salvador today. We drove down to highway 2. We drove quite a ways until it was full STOP! “The bridge is out!” – Arnold Schwarzenegger in True Lies.
As we turned around, we saw some heavy clouds brewing up in the distance. It did not take long until it was a full blown thunderstorm. It rained so hard we feared it could take the road out. We seeked shelter and called it a day.
We have asked around for advice about our route to El Salvador now that highway 2 is not an option. There is a detour, but as foreigners we have been advised to get the police to come with us for protection.. This option takes as much time as going back to highway 1, so that is what we will be doing. A change of plan, but what can you do? That’s traveling!
“If you like Pina Coladas
And getting caught in the rain”