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During the week I usually don't get many opportunities to take many pictures but when I see something interesting I take a photo. One thing I wanted to mention was the clusterf*** of a deal the government made to end the recent transportation strike. They're selling gas to taxi drivers and bus operators at $1.30/gallon discount. The only problem is that the program was so hastily setup there's virtually no control over it. It was a stupid idea to begin with and the implementation has led to fist fights at service stations because some people get the discount and some don't.

Another thing I noticed on this trip is that they painted "Nicaragua Libre" on the airport. I'm not sure how long this has been there but it's the first time I've noticed it. Back in the 1980's when the Sandinista's overthrew Somoza they put the slogan Nicaragua Libre on everything from license plates to the currency. I find it odd that they put it back up because I'm curious just who Ortega thinks he's "freed" Nicaragua from this time? I guess he's freed it from any chance at prosperity so that should count for something.


The Cheap Gas Store
The Cheap Gas Store
New Paint Job
New Paint Job
Mother's Day Special
Mother's Day Special
Nicaragua Es Libre Otra Vez
Nicaragua Es Libre Otra Vez
Local Car Rental Place
Local Car Rental Place
Juniett And Her New Amiga
Juniett And Her New Amiga

Dinner at La Taquiza is always fun. There are street performers, kids trying to sell you gum or other trinkets, etc. Here's some video shot from under the table...

Managua has a lot of freelance guys that hang around on corners and change money. They stand there waving huge wads of cash. I've never figured out how these guys don't get robbed other than the fact that there must be other people around watching that are heavily armed. I always get a little nervous when I see these guys.

The major excitement for this trip was that Hurricane Alma blew into town. Nicaragua has an absolutely pathetic warning system for major disasters. I was sitting in my house on Thursday and it was dumping rain and the wind was howling. I was thinking this is a worse storm than usual when I flipped on the news and discovered I was in the middle of a hurricane. We had no idea a hurricane was coming so thankfully it was a rather mild one. The main part of the storm hit farther North so Managua mainly got hit with a lot of rain. It's amazing how a country can go from completely brown and dry to lush and green in a few short weeks but that's exactly what happens in Nicaragua every year this time of year. When I was here last month half the country was on fire. This month you would be hardpressed to find a piece of dry wood in the entire country.


2 Thumbs Up
2 Thumbs Up
Hurricane Alma
Hurricane Alma
Hurricane Alma
Hurricane Alma
Hurricane Alma
Hurricane Alma
Our House Guest
Our House Guest
Try It Out
Try It Out
Nice Graffiti
Nice Graffiti
Venus Night Club
Venus Night Club
Don Bosco
Don Bosco

As I mentioned on an earlier page there's a lot of anti-Ortega as well as anti-CPC graffiti popping up all over the country. These CPC's are such a farce it's not even funny. CPC stands for "Citizens Power Council" but in reality they're a way to give the power of government to neighborhood busy bodies who also happen to be loyal to the FSLN. They're building government subsidized housing in Managua, for example, and the only way you can get one of the units is if you have a letter of recommendation from your local CPC aka Sandinista leader. In other words, if you aren't loyal to the Frente you're SOL when it comes to getting any kind of government services now thanks to the CPC's. Back when Ortega illegally installed the CPC's and put his wife in charge of them (totally unconstitutional btw) people said all they were was a rehashing of the old Sandinista defense committees and they've been proven exactly right.

On another note, I took a few shots of the local paper, El Neuvo Diario, because, well, the paper is a little "different" here than what you're used to in the states. I don't even remember picking up my local paper and finding an article on sexual positions before. Come to think of it I might read the paper more if it had them...


No Dictators Wanted
No Dictators Wanted
And No CPCs Either
And No CPCs Either
Rotunda Rueben Dario
Rotunda Rueben Dario
Rent Your Mariachis Here
Rent Your Mariachis Here
Now Thats A Name
Now Thats A Name
Another Disaster In Nicaragua
Another Disaster In Nicaragua
Interesting Article On Sex
Interesting Article On Sex


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