In need of some TLC.

Rivas (Nicaragua) – POP 50,600.

The attack and robbery on Ometepe had shaken my confidence. I needed to find somewhere safe to get my head together.

Rivas has its fans – people say it’s authentic and lively with some wonderful buildings downtown. Maybe. But what I needed most of all was a refuge.

Hospedaje Lidia, an amiable, family run operation, became my saviour. Once I had explained what had happened on Ometepe the owner gave me a hug each time she saw me.

After two days ruminating about the robbery, and receiving lots of hugs, I took the Transnica bus to San José (Costa Rica), approximately 5-hours.

It would have been quite easy to call it a day and head back to the UK. I decided that if I could withdraw much needed funds with my last credit card that it was a sign to carry on with my travels. I could, so I did.

Next stage: Costa Rica (Costa Fortune).


About Richard Griffith

My first independent travel experience was a trip to Israel, in 1997, it was here that I caught the 'travel' bug! In 2001 I took an 8-month sabbatical and traveled around South East Asia. Since then I have managed to visit most of Eastern Europe along with India, Bangladesh, and a few other destinations in between. I love travel and I love meeting new people.
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