cordobas... it's about $200
Despite sleeping rather soundly on an air mattress (the lizards were like a lullaby), I woke up early this morning. I wasn't sure of the time difference (it turned out to be an hour behind), the clock said 6:30. But, I needed to be up and around -- we were leaving by 10 o'clock and there are 5 people to get showered and ready with the car loaded. I did have to have Nellie give me another shower how-to since there is a widowmaker (a contraption that heats the water on the showerhead) and I completely did not understand when she showed me last night.
Once we all got around, and shopped from the door-to-door peddler (a teenager walking through the neighborhood selling umbrellas and beauty wares from grocery sacks) we were in the car at 10 til 10. Intending to leave Managua, we stopped at the gas station and Jaimie realized her passport was at home.
So, we had to return for that. And, the internet cafe we were going to use was closed due to a power outage; plus we stopped at Pan Ticomo and got some breakfast pastries. I got a pico, a pastry with a light tropical fruit filling. Plus, I was able to exchange money carside. Needless to say, it was nearly eleven o'clock before we left Managua.
On our way out, I thought it was so interesting the way of life in Central America. People were vending fresh fruit, water and newspapers at the intersections. And, there is a large demonstration set up against the government. It wasn't long before we were out into the countryside of Nicaragua, and not much longer than that, we were driving through the mountains. Our destination for the day was Juigalpa.
te jamaica... it's amazing; hibiscus tea
It was a couple hours' carride. Jaimie, Emily and I were squished in the backseat, but we made it. We made one scenic picture stop, plus pulled over to buy some honey roadside. (It is bottled in used rum bottles that have been cleaned. A little boy came to the car to negotiate a price and sell the bottles of honey).
Our first stop in Juigalpa was Tip Top for lunch. We were STARVING. Tip Top is kind of a Kentucky Fried Chicken meets Steak-n-Shake kind of place, for my American friends. A sit-down fast food restaurant that has a menu only of chicken. This was my first chance to try te jamaica, and it's amazing. Te jamaica is hibiscus tea that is really sweet, and doesn't taste like tea at all. After eating, we went to the hospedaje.
It was nice enough; better than I expected, actually. Jaimie and I shared a room, while Jay, Nellie and Emily were in another. The bathroom was down the hall; there was a shower though, but no hot water. (Definitely NOT complaining, it was indoor plumbing). We had just enough time to get our wits about us before we had to head out to the church for the evening service. I had heard missionaries speak before, and did not expect to find a church building with attached roof. But, this was a nice concrete building with roof. I was most moved by the bulletin board heading "Si Dios es por nosotros, quien contra nosotros?" I kept repeating this phrase to myself while I was working at the job I hated... if God is for us, who can be against us? This was just one sign to me that this was the time that I was to come to Nicaragua.
the church in Juigalpa
While preaching, Jay introduced me as an American friend who can speak Spanish. Yikes! This intimidated me a little bit. Even though I have a Spanish minor, I'm not completely comfortable in speaking the language. I'm just not quick with it at all. After the service, each and every member of the congregation had to personally greet us with hugs and handshakes. We then went to a church member's restaurant for supper and fellowship with the pastor. We called it an evening and went back to the hospedaje; we have an early morning to head out to Bluefields
in the morning.