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On Sunday morning we got up bright and early and headed to the mercado Mayoreo. (pronounced may-oh-rio) Mayoreo is a combination of a bus depot, a produce market, and a shopping mall. (for lack of a better word) My first clue that something big was happening was when instead of just buying some produce the whole family arrived in from Chontales. I should mention that the date was January the 13th which also happens to be my birthday. Birthdays are a big deal in Nicaragua as I would soon come to find out.

Like just about everything else in Managua the bus station is open-air with a bunch of chairs in between the bus stalls. The busses supposedly run on a schedule but they're rarely on-time. The busses vary from luxuary Mercedes-Benz's to old US school busses depending on the destination. People travel with chickens, pigs, and one-time I even saw a dog riding on the roof of a bus but the fares are cheap at 60-100 Cordobas ($3.50 - $5.50) depending on where you are going. Just be aware that if you are planning on saving some money and travelling on one these busses they usually jam as many people into them as humanly possible. Because of this bus crashes usually result in major loss of life.



Mayoreo Entrance

Mayoreo Bus Terminal

Waiting For The Bus

Catch The Bus To Acoyapa Here

Or Here

Bus Parking Lot

Rigoberto Cabezas Bus Terminal

Juniett And Her Nephew

There's Always A Baby

We made a quick trip back to the house to drop the family off before heading back to do some shopping. Along the way I took some photos that are reminders of whose in power in Managua. The FSLN (The Sandinistas) guys love to plaster their cars with flags and slogans. I also got a better photo of the big Che mural with Viva Cuba painted on it. It's right around the corner from my house so one of these days I'm going to think of a creative photo with me in it. I don't know, maybe me shaving Che's beard or something. ;)


Proud Member Of El Frente

Salute To Cuba

The Other Mayoreo Entrance

I was in Mayoreo once before but we only made a quick stop. This time I got to experience the whole place. Just about any kind of produce you can think of can be bought or sold here and you can do it from the comfort of your car if you want to. Chaos rules here as people drive from stall to stall dodging pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, and horse drawn carts along the way to find what they are looking for. When you see something you like you park the car and start haggling. This normally results in the line of cars behind you becoming hopelessly snarled and they proceed to start honking until you have finished your bargaining. Unlike Pittsburgh, where honking your horn immediately results in someone giving you the finger, it's perfectly acceptable here and pretty much expected.



Mayoreo

Mayoreo

Hand-Stamped Eggs

The Pollo Store

The Tomato Aisle

More Tomatos

The Onion & Garlic Shop

No Green Tomatos Here

Park Wherever You Want

You can get any kind of fruit you can think of in Mayoreo and many that you've never heard of or seen before either. Frankly, I don't want to talk a great deal about fruit here other than to say that because it was early morning the photos turned out spectacular in my humble opinion.


It's Not A Hog, It's A Cow
It's Not A Hog, It's A Cow
Made In The USA
Made In The USA
Mayoreo
Mayoreo
Fresh Bananas
Fresh Bananas
Mucho Fruit
Mucho Fruit
An Avalanche Of Fruit
An Avalanche Of Fruit
Looks Tasty
Looks Tasty
I Have No Idea What This Is
I Have No Idea What This Is
Mystery Fruit
Mystery Fruit

One thing I do want to talk about is the photo I labeled "Nicaraguan Delicacy". After every jar of instant coffee is consumed in Nicaragua it's immediately refilled with onions, peppers, vinegar, and some other stuff to make this homebrew to make what is called "Chilero". I think it's a law in Nicaragua that this can only be sold in old coffee jars because that's the only thing I've ever seen it in. Nicas put it on rice, they put it on carne, they put in on pollo, well, to tell the truth, they put it on just about anything.


Haggling Over Fruit Prices
Haggling Over Fruit Prices
Nicaraguan Delicacy
Nicaraguan Delicacy
Horses Are Welcome
Horses Are Welcome
Please Mister, Buy Some Bananas
Please Mister, Buy Some Bananas
The Trunk Is Getting Full
The Trunk Is Getting Full
Still More Bananas
Still More Bananas
Walking Auto Parts Store
Walking Auto Parts Store
We're Up To Our Ears In Bananas
We're Up To Our Ears In Bananas
The Cheese Truck
The Cheese Truck
Mayoreo
Mayoreo
Mayoreo
Mayoreo
Mayoreo
Mayoreo

Nicaragua has more hot dog vendors per capita than anywhere on earth. Nicas love hot dogs. It's the only place I've ever been where hot dogs are more popular at the movie theatre than popcorn. They also have some of the tastiest hot dogs I've ever eaten. It frightens me to no end to think what might be in them but I've got to admit I love them.


Do You Have Any Longer Ones
Do You Have Any Longer Ones
Umbrellas Aren't Just For Rain
Umbrellas Aren't Just For Rain
The Hot Dog Guy
The Hot Dog Guy
Those Are Some Big Baskets
Those Are Some Big Baskets
More Fruit Baskets
More Fruit Baskets
Need Some Papaya
Need Some Papaya

Our final stop in Mayoreo was the grill store. You won't find any Webers here. What you will find is an assortment of grills made out of whatever they could find to make them out of. The big ones are made out of 55 gallon drums cut in half while the smaller ones are made out of old car rims. The beauty of these is there is NO ASSEMBLY REQUIRED since they have conveniently welded everything together for you. I remember the last grill I bought in the states. I bought it at Lowe's and I chuckled when they offered to put it together for me for $20. Three days later when I was still trying to put the stupid thing together I wasn't laughing anymore. It's one of the things I love the most about Nicaragua, the KISS (keep it simple stupid) method is followed religiously here.

Another thing I wanted to mention was the ledger the grill salesman had. Every store in Nicaragua has one. They use them to meticulously track every sale by hand. No one has a computer yet they always seem to know exactly what they have in stock using these simple ledgers. In the USA it seems these days every store has a gazillion dollar computer system and they have no idea whether they have what you want or how to find it using the computer. I write these computer systems for a living and sometimes I wonder if we aren't reaching the point where people need a PHD to use them.


The Roof Needs Some Work
The Roof Needs Some Work
Mayoreo Even Has A Bar
Mayoreo Even Has A Bar
Do You Have Any Webers
Do You Have Any Webers
Stock Status Report
Stock Status Report
The Charcoal Lady
The Charcoal Lady
Jehova Distributor
Jehova Distributor


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