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One thing you see a lot of in Nicaragua is cops hitch hiking. An easy way to avoid a ticket is to give them a ride...

Every May 30th Nicaraguans celebrate "dia de la madre" or mothers day. Mothers day is a huge deal in Nicaragua and a cake is mandatory. We went to PriceSmart in the morning and I kid you not they were bringing out cakes by the pallet load that they had frozen. They must have been making cakes for a month to stockpile as many as they had.


Happy Mothers Day
Happy Mothers Day
Grandmas Present
Grandmas Present
Give A Cop A Ride
Give A Cop A Ride
Hurricane Alma Cleanup
Hurricane Alma Cleanup
Look, A JMC
Look, A JMC
Another Wreck
Another Wreck
Little Pink Dresses
Little Pink Dresses
Welcome To Acoyapa
Welcome To Acoyapa
Juniett Back In The Saddle
Juniett Back In The Saddle

After arriving in Acoyapa we had to go round up the family. The first stop was the finca, well, near the finca. Since it's the rainy season you can't drive to the finca so the only way to get there is by horse. The whole family rides over to the meeting spot and then one person (Juniett's brother Milton) takes all the horses back home. After that he has to make the walk back to the meeting spot. As you can imagine, it takes a while to get people together in rural Nicaragua.


My Butt Hurts
My Butt Hurts
Nicaraguan Prairie
Nicaraguan Prairie
Waiting For Milton
Waiting For Milton
Cowboy Dave
Cowboy Dave
Grandma Is Happy
Grandma Is Happy
Downtown Acoyapa
Downtown Acoyapa

I've said this before but life is hard in Nicaragua and there isn't a whole lot to celebrate on a daily basis. Because of this when there is something to celebrate Nicaraguans don't miss the opportunity. Mother's day is certainly no exception. The party was at my wifes aunt and uncles house and was quite a shindig. One of there kids has a band so he has a load of sound equipment that he set up for the party. He also hired a DJ to play music all night. It was quite an event and a whole lot of fun. People would stop by, dance for a while, and then move on to the next party. I don't ever remember having this much fun on mother's day before.


Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Miltons Checking Voicemail
Miltons Checking Voicemail
Juniett And Her Twin
Juniett And Her Twin
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Make The Fat Guy Dance
Make The Fat Guy Dance
Fever Night, Fever Night,
Fever Night, Fever Night,
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Dia De La Madre Celebration
Juniett Making A Point
Juniett Making A Point

After the dancing settled down it was time to break out the cake. It turns out that it's a tradition, at least in my wifes family, to smear mom's face with icing from the cake like we do at a wedding here in the states. (Oddly, it's not a tradition to do it at weddings in Nicaragua) After all the mom's were smeared with cake it was time to dig in and start eating.

When EF Hutton Talks
When EF Hutton Talks
I Need Vino
I Need Vino
The Smearing Of The Face
The Smearing Of The Face
The Smearer
The Smearer
Juniett And Grandma
Juniett And Grandma
Juniett And Grandma
Juniett And Grandma
Olivia Prepares To Smear
Olivia Prepares To Smear
Her Mother
Her Mother
Mom Cutting Cake
Mom Cutting Cake
I Want Cake
I Want Cake
The Victims
The Victims
OK, Cut It Already
OK, Cut It Already
Aunt Felicita
Aunt Felicita
Finally, We Have Cake
Finally, We Have Cake


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