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One of the things I failed to mention about this trip is that there hasn't been any garbage collection in Managua for the past few weeks. A group of people that live near the dump have complained about sanitary conditions and have been blocking trucks from dumping garbage. There's a lot of political BS behind it but the bottom line is that it's provided another avenue for enterprising Nicaraguans to make money. The guy in the photo below came by every day and offered to take away our trash for 10 Cordobas. (50 cents) God only knows what he does with it but he's doing a booming business in our neighborhood.

A final thing I wanted to mention was to say once again DO NOT RENT A CAR FROM BUDGET IN NICARAGUA. I've already mentioned how they screwed me over when I rented the car but I didn't mention that the first night one of the tires went flat while the car was sitting in our garage. The Yaris had a full-size spare so I switched the tires, filled the flat one back up with air, and put it back in the trunk. When I returned the car the first thing the guy did at the car return place was pull the spare tire out of the trunk and start bouncing it on the ground to see if it was flat. This leads me to believe that Budget knowingly gave me a car with a bad tire and were going to try to make me pay to fix it. I know the tire had a slow leak because when I filled the car up with gas on the way back to the airport I opened the trunk and checked the spare and it was again going flat in the trunk. I filled it up with air again before I took it back because I was afraid they were going to pull the very scam that they tried. I don't know 100% for sure that they were trying to scam me but it made me awefully suspicious that the first thing the guy did was pull the tire out of the trunk. If they didn't already know there was a problem with the tire why would they do that? I've never had a rental agency go through the trouble of unbolting the spare tire and removing it from the car before.


Freelance Garbage Collectors
Freelance Garbage Collectors
Returning The Yaris
Returning The Yaris
The Tire
The Tire
Great Food At The Airport
Great Food At The Airport
Nicaraguan Tacos & Gallo Pinto
Nicaraguan Tacos & Gallo Pinto
La Costeņa Airlines
La Costeņa Airlines
Nicaraguan Air Force
Nicaraguan Air Force
Volcano In The Distance
Volcano In The Distance

The airport in Managua has the wackiest PA announcer I have ever heard. She sort of half talks, half sings the announcements. Take a listen for yourself...



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