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Sometimes I forget that my wife grew up while her country was in the middle of a war. On this trip I brought a whole suitcase full of toys that my aunt gave me for Juniett's nieces and nephews. My wife, her cousins, and our housekeeper were fascinated by them. Just out of curiosity I asked my wife, "What kind of toys did you have when you were growing up?" Her response was, "I had a doll once." That's it. She had 1 toy during her entire childhood.



Is He Really SWAT?

Yeahhh, Toys!!

Freaky!

Having a housekeeper is something that has taken me a bit to get used to. Our housekeeper, Margyen, is actually my wifes cousin. She's 24 and has 2 kids in Acoyapa that her mother takes care of. The standard deal for a housekeeper is free room and board plus a small monthly stipend. It's not that I don't like having someone that cleans the house, cooks breakfast, lunch, and dinner, washes the clothes, and does just about anything you ask her to do. The part I don't like is I feel like I have a slave.


My Wife Has A Great Smile

And She Loves Photos...

Juniett's Slave Margyen

I was sitting at a red light one day and spotted the kid in the picture below. It reminds me of the lyrics of a song, "rich man goes to college, poor man goes to work" only in Nicaragua it's more like "rich kid goes to school, poor kid goes to work." In Nicaragua kids go to school only for as long as the family can afford not to have the kid working.


Watching Traffic

Eaton Is Everywhere

Plenty Of Horse Parking

My wife's aunt owns a video production company in Managua and she just hired a new camera man. My wife got to be a guinea pig for a test video shoot. I was bored so I shot some video of the video...

I tend to take a lot of pictures and videos for no particular reason and these fall into that category. These are some randoms scenes of driving around various areas of Managua.

When I arrived in Managua the internet in my house had yet to be connected so I needed to find somewhere to work for a few days while the cable company found a modem that worked. My wifes aunt graciously allowed me to work in the office of her trucking company for a few days. I learned something rather intriguing in my 2 days there. The most dangerous cargo in Nicaragua right now is coffee. There have been dozens of tractor-trailer loads of coffee hijacked in recent months. My wifes aunts company alone has had 6 trucks hijacked. The problem has become so bad that the army has started patrolling more heavily on the roads to Honduras. The thing that worries me more than anything about this is that this is exactly how the anti-Sandinista forces generated their "start up capital" in the late 1970's. Coffee is an ideal cargo to hijack because it's worth a lot of money and more importantly there's no way to identify your stolen coffee when it shows up somewhere else. Coffee beans are coffee beans. This is just another indicator to me that bad things may be in the works in Nicaragua.



That Truck Can Hold More

Police Checkpoint

The Mailman Is Here

Saleen Locking Up The Office

Lot's Of Trucks

Heading To Work


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