Who wants to go "Snarrrkling" ?

Trip Start Dec 31, 2010
Trip End Apr 01, 2011

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Flag of Nicaragua  , Corn Islands,
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

So we have been here on the Big Corn island for over a week and Ross finally found somebody to go snorkeling with him.Here on the island the locals say "snarrrkling". I never get tired of listening to the islander's talk! They have such a lovely Caribbean accent. One of the couples we met last week from Dallas are Tom and Janice. Ross and Janice went out exploring the many reefs in front of our hotel.The water was quite calm, and they were out there for a couple hours. Ross said he saw many interesting "sea creatures" including an octopus. There are also hammer head sharks and lots of barracuda in these waters.


There is Ross on the steps that lead down to the water. There are many good places to snorkel on both Big and Little Corn. The entire area is surrounded by natural reefs, and a couple ship wrecks too!


So he is in the water, getting his fins on and waiting for Janice to join him.


There is Janice. Flippers in hand, she is ready to go!


There they go, looking for a good spot to find schools of fish, and maybe some corals?? 

When they came back from their adventure both Ross and Janice said it was a fun afternoon. They did see lots of marine life, not as much as on the Little Corn, however both were happy they went out.Janice had brought her own snorkel gear with her, however Ross rented it from our hotel ($5.00  per day)

After all that excitement  Ross said he wasn't feeling too good, and went back to our room for a siesta.A few hours later he had taken a 'turn for the worse" and developed a high fever and was shaking uncontrollably . By midnight he was burning up!! He had been complaining about having some water trapped in his ear, but had kinda dismissed it as unimportant. So first thing this morning we called a taxi and had him take us to a private medical clinic just a few minutes away. It was a very unassuming place, looked just like some body's house.


Big Corn Island medical clinic.

 There was a reception/Farmacia in the main lobby, and Ross was asked to pay 100 Cordoba ($5.00) if he needed to see the Dr. He was given a number and asked to take a seat in the waiting area. There were already a couple people ahead of us, but the wait was only 10 minutes. The Dr, came out and introduced himself, and invited Ross into his office.His name is Dr. David Somarriba and he was born and raised on the Big Corn Island. He left for a few years to go to Medical School, but returned to his birthplace after becoming a Dr. He speaks very good English and gave Ross a thorough exam ! It only took him a few minutes to determine the problem, and make a diagnosis.We left the clinic, meds in hand. Total cost of visit and 3 prescription drugs   (includ. 1 free)  = $ 15.00 !! "Piece of mind".................PRICELESS!!! 


Dr David has a look at Ross's ear. Ross was very impressed with the excellent treatment he received from this Dr. He did a few tests, and even checked Ross's B/P!! (It's all good) 
So don't listen to all those "negative nellie's" who will tell you there is no decent medical treatment in Nicaragua. This is the second time we have had to visit a Dr./Dentist while we have been here, and both times we were very happy with the results!!

We will be resting up and taking it easy for the next couple days until we return back to the mainland. Until later............  
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john on

Hopefully, Ross will get well quickly. I will have a glass of wine and wish him well. Maybe two.

deedledee on

Hi John :-)
Thanks for the well wishes. Ross is on the road to recovery already !

deedledee on

Hi Tom and Janice :-)
Thanks, glad you enjoyed it! Still having a great time, and yes we loved Danet's
so much that we are all going back tonight for the Caribbean special dish called "Rondon". It will be featured in tomorrows blog! Ross is feeling better too !

ralph on

You had better get the Big Boy well... as we are waiting to have fun when you get back home to Park Avenue Villas Hotel in San Juan del Sur.
Did I tell you Tom Crews will be here when you get back?
Do you both need hair cuts? That will be on Sunday afternoon.

Janice on

I really wanted to try the Rondon. The guy we met in San Juan del Sur that told us about Dannets said the Rondon was fabulous. Have a great time tonight. Tom and Janice

kim and clay on

glad ross is ok. tell ross thanks for testing out the local healthcare. we feel better about relying on it when we'll need it!

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