Tuesday.........Getting ready for the big day tomorrow
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I have a shower, now this is a different shower. Thereâ€™s only one tap, but a shower head that sends out slightly warm water when the tap is turned onto full and another hand-held hose which sends out even warmer water. I manipulate the hose so that basically both lots of water are coming from roughly the same direction.
I go to breakfast around nine; itâ€™s in the place where I thought that it would be and there are eggs if you want them. I settle for toast, fruit and yoghurt. The view is beautiful. During breakfast I receive a phone call from Freddie, a Plan person in Managua, and he suggests that I stay in Juigalpa for the night after the visit, so that I can stay a little longer at my visit with Geisell.
I book a taxi, which will cost me USD6.20, expensive, as apparently if I get a taxi in the street it will cost less than USD3. But Iâ€™m still not sure of making my way around here, so opt for the booking. When I get to the office, Freddie introduces me around and I spend some time with different people.
Later the Plan driver takes me to a shop where I can buy pencils, books, stapler, pens etc to give to Geisell tomorrow.
I wander around Galerias and buy 9 nice plastic glasses as a gift for the family tomorrow and then go to a restaurant, sit outside under cover, itâ€™s pouring rain, and have a small dinner. There is free public wifi in the area; seems really strange in a country like Nicaragua.
I have to walk down some wide, very wet, slippery steps to go back into the centre, pick up the glasses and catch a taxi.
Because of the change of accommodation I have to be packed and ready to go at 7 am tomorrow, a bit of a challenge, so I get myself as organized as possible tonight. I've gotten used to (great language, English) Casa San Juan now, and it's very nice when the slightly grumpy girl isn't there; the other lady is very helpful.
Tomorrow I will meet Geisell, the 12 year old girl Nicaraguan girl with whom I have corresponded for about five years, and who has been the recipient of my letters, written both in English and Spanish, just in case the Spanish is undecipherable. (At least the translators can understand my English) Geisell and her family live in the village of Santo Domingo, about one and a half hours drive on an unmade road from Juigalpa, which is around two hours from Managua, the capital of Nicaragua.