|The view from Izalco|
The Brit was going to catch a bus back to Santa Tecla, so, we decided to give her a lift. On the way back, we stopped at Lago de Coatepeque for a little food and Jet Ski action. Once again, we had great food followed by an awesome time on the jet skis. I don't think I realized how much I missed the lakes in Tennessee until I got here and was reminded about how sweet lakes are. The lakes in Virginia are just too far away from everything. We dropped the Brit off in Santa Tecla, never to be seen again. We got back and made some dinner before calling it an early night.
The next day, we awoke at 5am to get to the bike shop at 5:30 in order to go mountain biking. The guy who was going to take us didn't show, so, another bike shop employee graciously agreed to take us. From the bike shop, we rode about 1km on the road before getting onto a dirt road. It became obvious that our guide didn't know the trails that well, but, he wasn't afraid to ask directions. After a bit, we found a group of about 15 Salvadoreños and started riding with them. Originally, we had thought that we were going to ride to La Libertad from San Salvador - as in, all downhill. However, this trip turned out to be anything but. We climbed for a solid hour or hour and a half up the side of the San Salvador volcano. We went through Parque Espino before ending up on the road up to El Boquerón. It was a gorgeous ride. We then bombed it down the volcano. Sophie and Dan were the only ones with V-Brakes - suckers! We essentially ended up in Santa Tecla, so, we made our way back to where the other bikers were going (near the embassy) before heading back to Bicimania. Riding on the roads was an experience. If you want to see where we went, I made a guess on a google map.
After the bike ride, we all took a nap before rallying for a Brazilian steakhouse at the Intercontinental Hotel. Another delicious meal of all you can eat meat for like $30 each. Sweet. We then went back to a friend's house where I proceeded to "test" the friendships I've made here over the past 3 months. It's still unclear how that will play out, but, here's to hoping for the best :)