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When we pulled into El Almendro we realized that we had a small problem in that no one knew where the relatives we were looking for lived. This lead to a door to door search that didn't last very long. El Almendro isn't a very big town so pretty much everyone knows everyone else. When we finally found the folks we were looking for they were outside bagging up rice that had been left out in the sun to dry.


Door To Door Search
Door To Door Search
Cactus Fence
Cactus Fence
El Baņo
El Baņo
The Family Car
The Family Car
Drying Rice
Drying Rice
Fresh Rice
Fresh Rice
Plenty Of Coconuts
Plenty Of Coconuts
And Oranges Too
And Oranges Too
And Bananas Also
And Bananas Also
More Bananas
More Bananas
Relaxing On The Lawn
Relaxing On The Lawn
The Family Casa
The Family Casa
Enjoying A Fresco
Enjoying A Fresco
Flowers On The Table
Flowers On The Table
Nineth Wants To Ride
Nineth Wants To Ride

After hanging out with the family at the casa for a few hours we decided to head into town and have dinner. One of the bizarre things about the town of El Almendro is that the streets are all paved with Somoza stones and are actually quite nice. It's bizarre because there are about 10 cars in the whole town.

We went to the only restaurant in town, El Jaguar, and frankly I wasn't expecting much. The food, however, was incredible. I had a steak in jalopena sauce that was fantastic. After dinner we were sitting around talking when the biggest bug I've ever seen landed on the table. I have absolutely no idea what this thing was but it was the size of a pack of cigarettes.

After lunch I took a stroll through town and shot a little video. I got quite a few puzzled looks as I was walking down the street since gringos aren't a very common site here.


Climbing On The Bike
Climbing On The Bike
Look At Me!
Look At Me!
Ready To Roll
Ready To Roll
Cruising Through El Almendro
Cruising Through El Almendro
Heading To Dinner
Heading To Dinner
The River
The River
This Bridge Was Scary
This Bridge Was Scary
The Jaguar Restaurant
The Jaguar Restaurant
Plenty Of Parking
Plenty Of Parking
Jaguar Restaurant
Jaguar Restaurant
Me And My Shadow
Me And My Shadow
Dinner With The Family
Dinner With The Family
Lot's Of Horses Here
Lot's Of Horses Here
The Corral
The Corral
Baby At Play
Baby At Play
That's A Big Bug
That's A Big Bug
Apparently Hes A Smoker
Apparently Hes A Smoker
Fancy Mural
Fancy Mural

When we were done with dinner we took the family home and Juniett and I went to the town's only hotel (the Hotel Montana) to get a room for the night. When we arrived, however, the hotel was locked up tight and there wasn't a soul around. After asking around we found out where the owner lived and went to her house to ask if we could get a room for the night. The owner opened up the hotel and began showing us rooms so we could pick the one that we wanted. It seems we were the only guests that night so we could have any one that we wanted. After we picked our room she told us to come back in about an hour so she could clean the room before we moved in. When we returned the room was sparkling clean and there were 4 condoms (Romantex brand) on the nightstand. (I took it as quite a compliment that she thought I was capable of going 4 times in one night!) Not a bad deal for $20/night.

The Bed
The Bed
Free HBO
Free HBO
A Shower In Name Only
A Shower In Name Only
The Condoms Are A Nice Touch
The Condoms Are A Nice Touch
Time For Bed
Time For Bed
Hasta Manana
Hasta Manana


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