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    I spent the afternoon researching for our South America trip coming up later this year. :D Plus Europe within the next 24 months! :evil
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    This is gonna a lotta fun Donnie!!
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    Headed for the border and back to Monterrico again today.

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    I love traveling down south, but sometimes you can run up against some of the most ridicules things. We were held up an extra 30 minutes at the El Salvador side of the border by the first person you reach before you get to the Aduana. Why? The computer print out for my Tag number has a computer generated six places, with the first number being 0. The tag only has five numbers, so the first 0 is left off. I think every tag receipt I have ever had has been this way and never encountered a problem. But today, I probably walked 300 yards in full moto gear resolving this non-issue.

    The moto and Ana waited here!

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    But, the rest of it went pretty fast.

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    And we were on our way.

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    Shopping for Ana's brother a wife. He wants a Guatemalan wife! :deal

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    We are going into Monterrico by boat! :D A 20 minute boat rides saves 60 miles of riding when coming from or going to El Salvador.

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    Like everything in Latin America, when there is a need for five boats, or taxis or whatever, there will be at least 50. And that is no exaggeration! :deal

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    A fellow motocyclist on the boat.

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    We mostly hung around the pool today, plus I went out walking for about 90 minutes. We were approached by a couple in the afternoon about going to a fish fry at a individual's house/cafe later. So, we agreed. We went out walking on the beach a little later and before dinner.

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    There is a very strong surf here. :deal

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    These two dogs followed us for 45 minutes. Playing with us and each other.

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    One of the guest at the hotel.

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    Dinner was very pleasant and interesting. There was six of us from the hotel.

    First there was Sam, a lady on vacation from France. She spoke French and Spanish.

    Her Guatemalan boyfriend that she had acquired during her month or so vacation. He only spoke Spanish.

    An Italian bartender that also spoke Spanish.

    A lady from England that taught English in Japan for twenty years. She was a very well traveled and interesting person. She spoke Japanese, passable Spanish and I think a bit of a few more languages. Hey Carl, Kathleen and Royace, she has a 45 sailboat in San Carlos, Mexico. She also had a rustic cabin on Lago Antilan that she bought for $4,000. It has no electricity, no running water and she cooks with wood!

    And of course there was Ana and myself.
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    I debated with myself whether to include this or not. :huh

    One of the things that I found out during dinner was that a female Swiss Tourist was killed in an apparent robbery a few days before we arrived. She was actually staying in the same hotel as all of us! :eek1 The lady went out to the beach at mid-night and never returned. :cry Supposedly, they have already apprehended the local that they think committed the murder.