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On Wednesday, 5 days after I arrived in Managua, Delta finally located my luggage. Never schedule an international flight with a 45 minute layover. It's plenty of time for you to make your connection but if you have checked luggage forget about seeing it at your destination. It seems that when my bag missed the plane Delta put it on an American flight to Miami and then on to Managua. Unfortunately for me, the idiots at American Airlines in Managua failed to tell anyone at Delta that my luggage was there for 5 days so it sat in a storage locker for a week. The good news is that they found it and all my stuff was still there so thank God for small miracles.

In Case Of Earthquake
In Case Of Earthquake
My Luggage Is Found
My Luggage Is Found
My Luggage Is Found
My Luggage Is Found

Something to know if you have a car in Nicaragua is that it's actually illegal to pump your own gas. Every gas station in Nicaragua is full-service. Of course, considering that gas is $5-$6/gallon the least they can do is pump it for you. I have to wonder why gas is still so expensive since Hugo Chavez and Daniel Ortega are now in the gas business together. Chavez is selling Ortega crude at a 50% discount on world market rates yet gas prices are twice what they are in the USA. It seems to me that someone, probably Ortega and the FSLN, are making out like bandits on this deal.

Right around the corner from my house is a nice little restaurant called "la taquiza". A night out for dinner in Managua is an interesting experience to say the least. There are an endless stream of people that stop by to sell you bootleg videos, candy, gum, etc. There are also roving mariachi bands that will play for you hoping for a few Cordobas.

I caught some of the action on video...


Full Service Gas Station
Full Service Gas Station
Bootleg Videos For Sale
Bootleg Videos For Sale
Checking The Menu
Checking The Menu
Plenty Of Salsa
Plenty Of Salsa
Great Burritos
Great Burritos
Mucho Food
Mucho Food
No Idea What This Is
No Idea What This Is
The Video Guy Has Porn Too!
The Video Guy Has Porn Too!
And Brand New Movies
And Brand New Movies

I have rented cars many times in Nicaragua and this was by far the worst experience I've ever had with a rental car company. I highly recommend NOT renting from Budget Car Rental in Nicaragua. As I always do I made my reservations online after searching for the best deal that I can find. The reason that I chose Budget is that they were having a special which would allow me to rent a mid-size car for $99/week. The final price quoted on-line with the mandatory insurance, taxes, etc. was $208. When I arrived to pick up the car, however, they immediately began trying to change the deal. First, they wanted to give me a smaller car that would have been more expensive since there was no special for it. Next, they demanded that I buy all of the ripoff insurance coverages or they wouldn't rent me a car at all. Finally, they wanted me to put up a $2000 deposit. After I finally got done arguing with them I ended up paying $280 instead of the $208 quoted and had to leave a $1000 deposit. I will reiterate, rent from Budget in Nicaragua at your own risk. If they tried to rip me off they will surely try it on you as well.

Budget Managua Sucks!
Budget Managua Sucks!
Indestructable Toyata Yaris
Indestructable Toyata Yaris


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