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On Sunday we decided to head to San Juan Del Sur for a day of fun at the beach. The night before there was a huge storm that went through Managua but I hadn't really given it much thought. It turns out that it was a lot bigger storm than I realized and it really hit SJDS hard. The beach was absolutely covered in debris.

Here's some video from the drive to the beach...


Watch Where You Drive
Watch Where You Drive
Eating Lunch In SJDS
Eating Lunch In SJDS
Eating Lunch In SJDS
Eating Lunch In SJDS
Eating Lunch In SJDS
Eating Lunch In SJDS
Eating Lunch In SJDS
Eating Lunch In SJDS
Eating Lunch In SJDS
Eating Lunch In SJDS
Something Washed Up On The Beach
Something Washed Up On The Beach
A Lot Of Debris
A Lot Of Debris
It Was Quite A Storm
It Was Quite A Storm

Undaunted by the surf I headed out to do some swimming after lunch. My wife looked at the water and said, "demasiado sucio" (too dirty) and stayed in the restaurant enjoying a nice cool fruit punch while watching me get tossed around like a rag doll. This was the biggest surf I've seen in probably 20 years. The waves were averaging 8-10 feet with a few 15 footers thrown in for good measure. After about an hour I was sore and exhausted. When a wave snapped a guys surfboard in half I figured I had seen enough.


Juniett Inspecting Fries
Juniett Inspecting Fries
Enough Pictures Honey
Enough Pictures Honey
He Broke His Surf Board
He Broke His Surf Board
She Heard The Word Shopping
She Heard The Word Shopping
Pink Panther In SJDS
Pink Panther In SJDS
Juniett & A Dolphin
Juniett & A Dolphin
And Another
And Another
I Wonder If
I Wonder If
Plenty O Rum
Plenty O Rum
Loading Up The Phone
Loading Up The Phone
Not Very Busy Today
Not Very Busy Today
Universally Ignored Sign
Universally Ignored Sign
I Rest My Case
I Rest My Case
The Propane Man
The Propane Man
The Beach Has Looked Better
The Beach Has Looked Better

After doing a little shopping in town we decided to take a drive up to the top of one of the hills to see one of the real estate developments being built. I don't remember what the place was called that we looked at. It seemed nice but I still have a hard time seeing myself investing $450,000 in a building built on a cliff in a seismic zone in a country that gets hit by 1 out of every 3 hurricanes. What's worse is that the building is probably more stable than the government. Thanks, but I think I'll rent for a while and see if the place is still there in 5 years.

Did I Mention The Storm
Did I Mention The Storm
Great View From The Eskimo Store
Great View From The Eskimo Store
View Of The Valley
View Of The Valley
The Back Roads Are Lousy
The Back Roads Are Lousy
Resort In SJDS
Resort In SJDS
Heading Down The Hill
Heading Down The Hill
The Dog Is Laughing
The Dog Is Laughing
The Valley
The Valley
Nice View Of SJDS
Nice View Of SJDS

On the way back into Managua I snapped a picture on one of the cities newest attractions, the video billboard across the street from the Galleria Santo Domingo Mall. The funny thing is that the billboard had a Windows error message. Apparently someone needed to hit ctrl-alt-delete on the billboard.

Another funny thing I saw was on the menu at dinner. There is a little restaurant by our house called "La Taquisa" and they have excellent food. One of the specials is called "Gringas". For those of you that aren't aware, gringa is the Spanish term for an American woman. It's no accident that the "gringas" dish is 3 pork tacos. In Nicaragua, gringa not only means American woman, it also means fat woman. Most Nicas think all American women are fat. Hey, don't shoot the messenger, I'm just telling you what Nicas tell me...


The Sign Needs Rebooted
The Sign Needs Rebooted
Gringas
Gringas


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