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On Sunday we headed to Acoyapa so my wife could vote. My wife is registered at the polling place for where she lived growing up. There are no roads and the only way to get there is by horse. First, however, we had to drive for about 45 minutes just to get to the horses.
Getting Ready To Vote
Getting Ready To Vote
Store In Acoyapa
Store In Acoyapa
Going To Vote
Going To Vote
Campesinos Never Forget
Campesinos Never Forget
The Roads A Little Muddy
The Roads A Little Muddy
Our Transportation
Our Transportation
Junietts Brother Milton
Junietts Brother Milton
Jungle Casa
Jungle Casa
End Of The Line
End Of The Line

After driving as far as we could we parked the car and started loading up the horses. I should note that I have absolutely no idea how to drive a horse so these adventures are always particularly interesting for me. This isn't a little walk through the park, it's a 2 hour trek through the Nicaraguan jungle featuring waist deep mud, steep hills, and lots of trees and brush with really sharp stuff on them. Add to that the fact that my horse was doing everything it could possibly do to get me off of it and it was a really unpleasant journey. By the time we got to my wifes brothers finca I had nearly been decapitated and my legs were shredded because the horse drove me through every jagger bush it could find along the way.


Loading Up The Horses
Loading Up The Horses
Lots To Carry
Lots To Carry
My Wife Is Cold
My Wife Is Cold
Juniett And Milton
Juniett And Milton
Juniett And Greber
Juniett And Greber
Why You Cant Drive Here
Why You Cant Drive Here
Taking The Baby For A Walk
Taking The Baby For A Walk
A Little Soupy Here
A Little Soupy Here
Heading Into The Jungle
Heading Into The Jungle
Crossing The Stream
Crossing The Stream
Grabbing A Drink
Grabbing A Drink
Were Here
We're Here

This was my first visit to my wifes brothers finca and I have to say it's an impressive place. The views are fantastic and it really feels like you've gone back in time. There are no cars, no electric, no running water, etc. It's true frontier living.


The Front Yard
The Front Yard
Miltons Wife
Miltons Wife
Miltons Son
Miltons Son
The Back Yard
The Back Yard
Giant Bamboo
Giant Bamboo
No Noisy Neighbors
No Noisy Neighbors
The Grass
The Grass
The Finca
The Finca
Miltons Other Son
Miltons Other Son
Living Room View
Living Room View
I Found A Baby
I Found A Baby
Mom Taking The Kids For A Drive
Mom Taking The Kids For A Drive

Since my wife and I had no desire to get back on a horse at this point we decided to walk the rest of the way to the polling place. It's about an hours walk through the jungle but it's a fairly easy journey. I did manage at one point, however, to slip off a log and fall in the mud. Since I was already covered in mud anyway for riding the horse it didn't really seem to matter much at that point.


Adios
Adios
I Got A Bit Muddy
I Got A Bit Muddy
Then I Got Really Muddy
Then I Got Really Muddy
Greber Laughing At Me
Greber Laughing At Me
Trekking Through The Jungle
Trekking Through The Jungle
We Need A Lawn Mower
We Need A Lawn Mower
Helping Junior
Helping Junior
Mountain In The Distance
Mountain In The Distance
The Local School
The Local School

After about an hour we finally arrived at the polling place which is a small school in the middle of nowhere. This is where my wife went to school when she was a child. The process for voting in Nicaragua is that they check your cedula to make sure you're supposed to vote there, you vote, then they coat your thumb in indelible ink so you can't vote again.

Lets Go Chicas
Lets Go Chicas
Election Day
Election Day
It Was A Long Walk
It Was A Long Walk
Voting Instructions
Voting Instructions
The Election Police
The Election Police
Junietts Old School
Junietts Old School
I Voted
I Voted
Baseball Game
Baseball Game
Theres A Long Drive
Theres A Long Drive

Outside the school some kids were playing an impromptu game of baseball. Baseball is the national pastime in Nicaragua and it's surprising that they don't produce more major league players. The fields they play on are terrible yet they still seem to field the ball. Since they don't have gloves they use their hats instead.


Swinging For The Palms
Swinging For The Palms
The Polls
The Polls
Registered Voters
Registered Voters
Playing Cards
Playing Cards
Hello
Hello
Happy Baby
Happy Baby
Cute Kid
Cute Kid
Saying Goodbye
Saying Goodbye
Nice Horsey
Nice Horsey
Get Out Of My House
Get Out Of My House
Get This Lard Ass Off Me
Get This Lard Ass Off Me
Happy Were Leaving
Happy Were Leaving

The sad part of this story is that after going through all that effort to vote the election turned out to be a massive sham that was riddled with fraud. The Sandinistas were bound and determined to make this an election a "mandate" for their rule in Nicaragua and when it became obvious they were going to lose at the ballot box they did the next best thing and stole the election. In Managua, for example, they closed the polling places in opposition areas 4 to 6 hours early. In Leon thousands of ballots marked for the opposition were found in the city dump. Many of the tally sheets turned in show the Sandinista's winning certain precincts by tallies like 500-0. The result is that no one believes the election results and MASSIVE civil unrest has resulted. It's clear Nicaragua has entered a new era of dictatorship under Daniel Ortega. The only question is what are Nicaraguans going to do about it?

Adios
Adios
Interesting Tree
Interesting Tree
Leaving The Jungle
Leaving The Jungle
Following The Cows
Following The Cows


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