|Jackie at our usual market stall, run by a very friendly couple|
She returns here tomorrow, Tuesday 7th February at the early hour of 7:00am and we leave here for the last time at around 11:30, to take a bus into Mexico City and then a flight to Cancun in the Yucatan peninsular to start a very busy three months of travelling, culminating in a 15 days cruise from Puerto Limon in Costa Rica to Lisbon in Portugal, followed by a flight back to the UK.
|The dogs allow us to do daft things with them without complaining|
Not only do we have the pleasure of looking after other people’s pets, but we stay in often lovely houses in places that are situated in interesting locations. By ‘interesting’ that doesn’t mean ‘touristy’ or places where there are many things to do, sometimes they are in what for locals may be ‘ordinary’ and reflect the way people in that particular region live out their everyday lives. That for us is the key as it allows us to get ‘under the skin’ of the area and experience the local culture, food, shops and markets and see a whole different way of life that we just don’t see as plain tourists staying in hotels or hostels. We had to shake hands with the greengrocer and wife at the stall we’ve used most in the market, after our last purchases. It seems quite normal here to buy one or two sticks of celery at a time, useful that. With pets to look after it also takes the pressure of feeling we need to be out and about seeing and doing things. A dog or a cat to stroke or parrots, chickens, goats, peacocks, rabbits or whatever we are caring for gives a reason to relax, stop, read a book, chill out and regroup our thoughts and plans. Sometimes there are interesting things to do locally, sometimes not and sometimes the pets we are caring for cannot be left unattended for long, so it varies as to what we can/want to do when in a particular location and that adds to the interest for us. The additional benefit for us is our low running costs while housesitting as we only have to buy our food. In Mexico for example we have spent an average of less than £10 per day (US$12) whilst here. It’s true we haven’t really been anywhere, but there are lots of surrounding mountains that we’ve hiked into, so we don’t feel deprived and we have eaten and drunk very well.
|Some of the things we see in the town. That leaning post is carrying overhead power cables|
|And here's another one close to the house. See that elecrtricity post on the left?|
|Daytime in the lounge. No space for us then!|
|Teddy gets a bath and is left outside in the sun to dry (by the way, it's Jackies!)|
As from tomorrow night it’ll be back to finding our bearings in a new location, finding where the best place is to eat, where the busses go from and at what time etc, etc, very different, but I’m sure we’ll quickly get back into it. However, let’s face it, the Yucatan peninsular, Cancun and the blue Caribbean Sea will be a pretty good substitute so it’s not all bad. Add to that, we’ve arranged another housesit in Antigua, Guatemala with three cats for a week in mid-March, and all as we pass through on our way to Nicaragua and Costa Rica, so we’re very happy people!
|Luna in the smallest bed meant for little Maty|
|Also used by middle sized Cookie|
|Maty looks on in a much more relaxed pose!|
So that’s about it from Tepoztlan, there will probably be more frequent entries after this as life will happen much quicker for us while we’re travelling, so see you again soon!
|This is 'Dog Man' sitting outside his house as we went past|
|And this is his dog with 5 of her puppies up on his roof terrace|
|They are soooo cute, but the fact remains is that 'dog man' has no money, so whats going to happen to these adorable puppies? Out on the streets with so many others? It's very sad|
|They come to us readily|
|And he's not got a bad view from up here. Perhaps he should convert it to a rooftop cafe. But he'd have to employ someone to run up and down as he struggles to walk|
|Down there under that umbrella is 'Chicken Man'. He has a dog that we all think must be the father...|
|And there he is, our very jolly 'Chicken Man' selling his wares. And there's his dog, do you think the puppies look a bit like him?|
|He's a bit of a smooth dancer as well. We saw him at the street after Christmas party and he was getting all the ladies up onto the dancefloor (actually, the road!) and looked very cool in his hat and leather waistcoat.|
|We're all of the opinion he's the father, he's a lovely placid dog that enjoys a stroke|