We left AWARE and drove to Antigua to stay two nights before we wanted to head to El Salvador. Well, plans change.
So we ended up staying more than one months. Why?
I helped out at an animal shelter again. This time it was a huge difference to the shelter we visited before. It’s a small shelter with 20-25 dogs. “Unidos para los Animales” trains the dogs, they are healthy, spayed, well-behaved and socialized.
Luckily, Linda, the owner of the shelter was able to find a perfect camping solution for us – we camped at her neighbours house in the driveway, were allowed to use shower and bathroom, had a huge garden for ourself and quiet nights (expect fireworks). The home owners did not live there at this time as the house was under construction.
I walked dogs, played with them, gave them some love and cuddle time, learned a lot about “clicker training” and also trained dogs.
Also we met Achmet and Mira in Antigua, they also travel in Central America. One day, they hiked Volcano Agua where a small, cute puppy followed them all the way up. As this was very exhausting, Achmet had to carry the little girl down. Well, what do you do after such an experience with a dog? I (sure) would have not thought a second and would have taken her home. Achmet and Mira were waver and didn’t know if they wanna travel with a dog.
As soon as they told us this lovely story about a little dog searching for parents, we kind of persuaded them to go back to the starting point of the hike and see if she is still there. Sure, at the end THEY have to decide if they want a dog – but as they have not been against it, they only needed a little push 😉
And so it came, that Jan drove them to the village where they left the pup behind. After only 10 minutes, the dog found her new parents and was super happy to see them. What a sweet story! Ayla is a very lucky dog who now enjoys a really good life traveling through Central America and Germany.
This day, I was at the shelter with Linda who got four new puppies from a woman who also rescues dogs. She asked us to foster one (fostering means taking care of the dog in your own home, train usual manners like sit, down and going into a travel box) until the dog is adopted and can fly to the USA which would not take long. Maybe two weeks. SURE! We love to do that. So we fostered little Dora. She stayed with us one day, two days, three, four….
But what happens when you (I) have a cute, very smart puppy for this period of time – who sure was allowed to cuddle with us on the couch? Yes! I fall in love with her and won’t give her back. Also Jan loved little Dora. That’s why we are three again. We are sure that Lissy and Dora will love each other. Finally, Lissy gets her playmate – she only has to wait some more months.
The process to import a dog from Central America to Germany is not easy (it only is from Mexico). You can check for details: http://www.bmel.de/DE/Tier/HausUndZootiere/Heimtiere/_Texte/HeimtiereEinreiseregelung.html
While I was busy at the shelter Jan got in contact with some Paraglider and went to fly several times. Also, he went to a “crazy” airshow with Lindas husband who is also interested in flying. Watch this: If the planes get so close to the people, it can only be in Central America 😉
That’s why we ended up staying more than 5 weeks in Antigua. Also, we spend Christmas and New Year here. At this time we camped at the tourist police and celebrated with a lot of Overlanders. It was a nice group with people from all over the world: Australia, France, Germany, India, Turkey, Chile and Argentina.