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).