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One day I was sitting at lunch at the Tip Top restaurant in Bello Horizonte and I looked out the window and saw the truck in the picture below. You will notice that it has the words "Un Regalo De Dios" or "A gift from God" on the windshield. Personally, if I was going to ask God for a truck I would pick a Cadillac Escalade and not a Toyota but that's just me. I figure if you're gonna ask the big guy for a gift you might as well go for the whole enchilada so to speak.

We finally did make it to the casino. We went to the Pharaoh's on Carretera Masaya and tried our luck there. Of course, this time my wife had her cedula so nobody asked to see it. The slot machines in the casino accept from 1 to 3 Cordobas (5 to 15 cents) so don't expect any monster payouts. On the flip side we played the slot machines for about 3 hours and lost a total of about $30. It takes a long time to lose money at 15 cents a pull. They also have table games but I didn't play. The one time I played blackjack here was highly annoying. I had other player's asking me for loans and trying to steal my chips as well. One guy kept grabbing my chips and trying to increase my bets. All in all it was very annoying and security didn't seem to care either so I doubt I'll ever play any table games there again.


Sandinista Flags
Sandinista Flags
Tip Top In Bello Horizonte
Tip Top In Bello Horizonte
God Delivers Trucks
God Delivers Trucks
Pharohs Casino Carretara Masaya
Pharohs Casino Carretara Masaya
Carratera Masaya
Carratera Masaya
Colorful Graffiti
Colorful Graffiti
Game On
Game On
Nicaraguan Tacos
Nicaraguan Tacos
Teddy Guards The Bed
Teddy Guards The Bed

I guess the good news is that if Nicaragua ever does join up with Venezuela with a joint fighting force we don't have much to worry about when it comes to their air force. The base is right next to Augusto Sandino airport and it's one of the most delapidated bases I've ever seen. It almost looks abandoned since the grass isn't cut and everything is overgrown. The air force pretty much consists of a couple of helicopters. I've never seen a jet so I don't know if they even have any. During the 80's they had Soviet made helicopter gunships but I doubt they are even functional any more.


Fancy Bus
Fancy Bus
Nica Air Force
Nica Air Force
Augusto Sandino Airport
Augusto Sandino Airport
Nica Air Calvalry
Nica Air Calvalry
Bye, Bye, Nicaragua
Bye, Bye, Nicaragua
Flying Over Lake Managua
Flying Over Lake Managua
Islands In Lake Managua
Islands In Lake Managua


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