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After lunch in Granada we headed back towards Masaya to do a little shopping. The town I was looking for is called San Juan de Oriente and it's sort of on what I would call the back side of Masaya. San Juan de Oriente is famous for one thing, pottery. Just about everyone that lives in the town makes their living in some way from the pottery industry. To be honest, the price of airfare has doubled since I started going to Nicaragua a year and half ago so I need to find some way to start making some money from these trips. With that being said I bought around 20 pots and they'll be on ebay shortly. Hopefully I can make a few dollars off of them to help defray the cost of travelling so much.

San Juan De Oriente
San Juan De Oriente
We Got Pot
We Got Pot
And A Church
And A Church
The Tortilla Lady
The Tortilla Lady
Lot's Of Great Pottery
Lot's Of Great Pottery
Juniett Is Impressed
Juniett Is Impressed
Handmade Pottery
Handmade Pottery
San Juan De Oriente, Nicaragua
San Juan De Oriente, Nicaragua
The Staff Is Tired
The Staff Is Tired
We Have Wind Chimes Too
We Have Wind Chimes Too
Everyone Sells Pot Here
Everyone Sells Pot Here
Even The Dog
Even The Dog

Basically, you just go from house to house and see what people are selling. San Juan de Oriente is a small town of about 4000 people so it doesn't take long to see most of them. One guy wouldn't allow photos and I'm not quite sure why. I tried to explain that I wanted to email the photos to a couple of people that might want to buy his work and he still said no photos. I don't really think he understood why I wanted to take pictures. Oh well, I need to learn to speak Spanish better.

Something Different
Something Different
San Juan De Oriente, Nicaragua
San Juan De Oriente, Nicaragua
No Photos Please
No Photos Please
The Town Drunk
The Town Drunk
Juniett Wants Candy
Juniett Wants Candy
Mmmmm, Candy
Mmmmm, Candy

After our pottery run we headed to the ancient market in Masaya. You can always find some cool stuff here at bargain prices. This time it was the angel store. The angels in the photos below were between $3 and $5 which seemed awefully cheap for something handmade and hand painted. Come to think of it I should have bought some of them to sell on ebay as well...


Mall In Masaya, Nicaragua
Mall In Masaya, Nicaragua
The Devil
The Devil
Looking At Zapatas
Looking At Zapatas
More Lottery Tickets
More Lottery Tickets
Che Key Chains
Che Key Chains
Goofy Mask
Goofy Mask
The Cherub Store
The Cherub Store
Angels For An Angel
Angels For An Angel
Sombreros
Sombreros
Snack Hut
Snack Hut
Selling Some Yucca
Selling Some Yucca
My Feet Hurt
My Feet Hurt

There are reminders that Mother's Day is coming all over Nicaragua. Mother's Day is on June 30th every year and is a major holiday in Nicaragua. We're heading to the finca for the holiday so you'll have those pics to look forward to shortly.

Another thing I wanted to mention were the likenesses of "Che" that seem to be everywhere in Nicaragua. Something that I was told here was that Fidel Castro actually owns the worldwide marketing rights to the image of Che. If it's true, I find it completely amusing that an avowed communist like Castro would be involved in something as capitalistic as owning the marketing rights of a dead guy. I also wonder how many people know what a scumbag Che really was. I wonder if they know that this "champion of the poor" was wearing a $10,000 Rolex when the CIA offed him. I also wonder if the people glorifying him know that he was a pioneer of forced labor camps that imprisoned gays as well as capitalists. Sure, it's a sexy notion that he was a revolutionary that rode a motorcycle but it shouldn't obscure the fact that the man was a hardline totalitarian who hated capitalism, liberty, and freedom. I guess all that doesn't matter to people who think he's "cool" because he rode a motorcycle. I just find it odd that the people that are the biggest supporters of Che most likely would have been the same type of people he imprisoned. I'll never understand liberals...


Mother's Day Is Coming
Mother's Day Is Coming
Back Street In Masaya, Nicaragua
Back Street In Masaya, Nicaragua
Back Street In Masaya, Nicaragua
Back Street In Masaya, Nicaragua
Back Street In Masaya, Nicaragua
Back Street In Masaya, Nicaragua
Park In Masaya, Nicaragua
Park In Masaya, Nicaragua
Chilling In The Town Square
Chilling In The Town Square
Che Will Endorse Anything
Che Will Endorse Anything
Man Down
Man Down


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