|The ferry from Isla de Ometepe to San Jorge on flat calm Lago Nicaragua|
Arrived at Union Jackson to pick up our packed breakfast in time for coffee and a chat, we were still undecided about how we were going to cross the border there seemed to be three options,
|Lago Nicaragua on our calm, early morning crossing|
2) collectivo from ferry to the rotunda in Rivas walk 500m to the left till nearly at the maxi Pali supermarket, to the Ticabus agency, pay the full $29 Managua to San Jose fare, even though doing a much shorter journey, get taken across the border, dropped off by McDonalds in Liberia
|Another country, another bus station! This one is Nicoya|
Got off the ferry and were immediately approached by a taxi driver, got him down to $18 with the change in dollars not Córdoba, nice AC taxi for the hour to the border. Walked through departure of Nicaragua, really easy, pay $1 or 30 Córdoba, then to get passport stamped, $2 or 70 Córdoba! (Interesting maths!)
|The very different modern cathedral in Liberia, in front of....|
|... the obligitary plaza that follows the same plan throughout C & S America|
|The rain storm at the juice bar in Liberia|
This along with timing issues decided for us that we wouldn't spend the money to go to the local national park, with wildlife, waterfalls and mud pools (or according to Tripadvisor a tub of mud you can smear on yourself if the fancy takes you!) but go straight to Nicoya a one horse town, our overnight, before arriving in Jicaral a no horse town for our Housesit (she exaggerates! I rode into town on Julies bike this morning to buy cold beer and on the way back came across lots of horses and their riders trotting along the road in the opposite direction holding up all the traffic!).
|One of a group of toads sitting at the roadside in Ometepe|
|Our home for 8 days in Jicaral|
|The church (cathedral?) in Jicaral|
|Penka dog and Luno cat playing together|
|Manchita (L) and Penka vie for Jackies attention|
Arrived at the house to be welcomed by Jean Carlo (in Spanish) and introduced to the dogs Penka (where they were found) and Manchita (because of the small brown spot on her head) and cats Kuky and Luno. We kept ourselves busy getting to know the animals while Jean Carlo prepared us a lovely lunch. Julie arrived fresh from the beauty parlour, and showed us round explaining our duties. We had been told that the attached bakery normally run by JC had been closed for a few months as he'd not been well. Testicular cancer, chemo, appendicitis with infection complications due to his weakened immune system all in the last six months......think the trip to Cuba with her brother and girlfriend is well deserved.
|Kuki cat is not so keen on playing with dogs|
|As you can see on his face|
We did our first food shop, once they left, walked the 1.7km into town to the first supermarket, not that impressed, but time was getting on. Unable to find a cab we then had to walk back too, making us 45 mins late for feeding time! What a way to start, though I'm happy to shift them to 06.00 and 18.00 rather than 05.00 and 17.00!
|'Foot on the plate to lick cake crumbs - me?'|
We are really enjoying it, though we are very grateful for the AC in the bedroom. It is also lovely not to have to be out doing as when the rain comes, it really comes! Amazing thunder and lightning last night before the rain, the whole sky being lit up for about an hour and a half. We are getting into the routine, take Penka out for half an hour, Manchita isn't interested, one night in the garden, alternating with one night in the house with the door open, this is to stop them (and us?) getting too much sleep so getting bored and chewing more of the furniture! Watch the cats eat to stop 'ghost cat' (a local stray) scaring them away and eating their food. What's not to like?
|Pleased that Kuki likes a bit of fuss!|
|Its sometimes tricky to do any work though, Penka demads attention|
|More Penka and Luno fuss time|
|Feeding time for cats|
|Seen outside the house but decided its harmless. From the internet I think it is either a Northern Scarlet snake or a Red Milk snake, both harmless. The saying I found goes: "Red touching black, safe for Jack, red touching yellow, kill a fellow"|