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Another first for me in Nicaragua...I took a spin on a motorcycle in Managua. I have to admit that I was scared to death having seen more than one motorcyclist splattered all over the pavement. It was a short ride and I doubt I'll ever do that again.


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Work Hard...

Play Hard...
The next set of pictures was taken at Juniett's Aunt's house. Why so many? Well, the power was out so we didn't have anything better to do while sitting around in the dark. The old Canon camera actually takes pretty nice pictures considering there was zero light. Of course it helps to have such a beautiful subject to photograph... :)


I Need Some Tatoo's Now

Juniett And Peter Go For A Spin

Juniett

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Me

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Juniett

The main focus of this trip was to make prepartions for our upcoming wedding in October. Well, one thing you are going to need plenty of for a Nicaraguan wedding is rum. I don't drink so I have no idea what the stuff tastes like but Flor de Cana rum is kind of like the national beverage in Nicaragua. I about had a heart attack when I saw how much they bought (40 1.75 liter bottles) but I was assured that this was the amount needed for the wedding reception. Thankfully it only costs $8 a bottle so at least something I'll never taste didn't cost too much.

As far as costs go you couldn't pick a better place to have a wedding than Nicaragua. My rough estimate is that it's about 1/5 the cost of the same wedding in the US. The key is that you have to have a Nicaraguan that you trust do all the arrangements to avoid the gringo tax. Whenever we go to look at something we never buy it when I'm there. We tell people I'm Juniett's cousin from the US and I'm just here on vacation. Things that cost $200 for a Nicaraguan quickly become $1000 if they think a gringo is paying the bill. It's probably the only thing that I dislike about Latinas. It's considered perfectly acceptable to screw gringos in all matters financial.




70 Liters Of Rum

Wedding Supplies

Wedding Supplies

Wedding Supplies

I hate to keep harping on how much things cost in Nicaragua but I think it's one of the things people like about the site in that it gives them some idea of what to expect when they visit. I took the family out to dinner and the movies one night on this last visit. We went to the "expensive" theatre in the mall next to the Crowne Plaza hotel...

  • Movie tickets $3
  • Popcorn $1.50
  • Coca Cola $1
  • Getting your picture taken with carboard cutouts of "Los Simpsons" --- Priceless
  • For dinner we went to Tip Top. Tip Top is a McDonald's-like chain that's all over Central America. I had a rather humorous experience there and it points out some of the difficulties that you can have when doing something as simple as ordering food in Managua. Unlike Mickey D's Tip Top has waiters and waitresses. Although their specialty is chicken I decided to try something different and order one of their hamburgers. I told the waitress in Spanish that I wanted a hamburger with only cheese and ketchup on it. She got a puzzled look on her face and said, "No carne? No pan?" (no meat? no bread?) I answered that while a piece of cheese with ketchup on it sure sounded appetizing it wouldn't really be a hamburger then, would it? Lesson #1, sarcasm doesn't work well when you try it in a different language. I explained that yes, indeed, I did want carne and pan but only cheese and ketchup on the burger. When my food arrived I unwrapped it and I found a chicken patty with mayo and cheese. Lesson #2, never try to order a burger in a chicken joint. I called the waitress back over and explained my predicament. 5 minutes later she returned and when I unwrapped my sandwich this time I had a chicken patty with a piece of cheese on it and no bun. Lesson #3, acceptance is the answer. The third time the waitress returned with a chicken patty with cheese on a bun along with some packets a ketchup which she explained to me I had to put on the sandwich myself. At this point I figured that I was receiving a sign from God that I was supposed to eat chicken on this day and decided to accept what divine providence had bestowed upon me.




    Dinner At Tip Top

    I Join Los Simpsons

    Going To The Movies

    Buying Some Popcorn

    6 Movie Tickets = $18

    The Produce Market

    On Saturday we packed up the car for our trip to Acoyapa and I realized that I made a big mistake in my choice of rental vehicles. The previous trip we had rented a Toyota Prado and with taxes, insurance, etc. it ended up costing about $130/day. To me, that's an idiotic amount of money to spend renting a car. I could have made the monthly payment on the thing for what I spent to rent it for 3 days. At any rate, after searching around I found a "mid-size" SUV from Hertz for $40/day. How a Daihaitsu Terios could possibly be considered "mid-size" is beyond me. If there is a smaller "SUV" than this piece of crap I would like to see it.

    The thing I forgot about when I rented the car was that in Nicaragua if you have a car and you are going somewhere everyone in the world is going to want to go with you. Not only did I have to haul everything for the wedding to Acoyapa but 8 people wanted to go with us as well. Unfortunately for them, due to the size of the vehicle that wasn't going to happen. We still managed to cram 5 people in the car along with about 3/4 of the stuff for the wedding.

    Small Town Along The Way...




    The Produce Market

    Juniett Scores Some Tomatos

    Piece Of Crap Car

    Yes, We Crammed 5 People In There As Well

    The Eskimo Man

    Surf PuravidaTravels.com Here...

    My Company Is Everywhere!

    Buy From Eaton So I Can Keep My Job

    The Produce Truck In Acoyapa


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