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On Sunday we had yet another birthday party to attend. Juniett's cousin Jessica had her 15th birthday party. Before the party we took a ride to Masatepe to look at furniture. They make incredible furniture and the prices are great. The only thing I can't figure out is how I can get it back to the US for less that a gazillion dollars. The rocking chairs are a staple in every Nicaraguan home and they last forever. Most people buy a set when they are first married and never buy another. I would like to buy a set but I need to find ones I can take apart and reassemble here.

Welcome To Masatepe
Welcome To Masatepe
Handmade Furniture
Handmade Furniture
Everyone Has A Store
Everyone Has A Store
Making A Sale
Making A Sale
Downtown Masatepe
Downtown Masatepe
The Furniture Market
The Furniture Market

In the center of Masatepe there's an artesans market where they sell custom made furniture. The vendors have samples on display and they also have catalogs with photos that you can look at. You can order whatever you want here and they will custom build your furniture for you. The quality was outstanding and the prices were, well, absurd. How about a solid mahogany dining table that seats 12 people for $1400? (chairs included) The table I was looking at would have easily been $5000 or $6000 at home.

The Yellow House
The Yellow House
The Artesans Market In Masetepe
The Artesans Market In Masetepe
Smart Dog
Smart Dog
Daniel Looks On
Daniel Looks On
Candy Store
Candy Store
Baby Furniture
Baby Furniture
Dog On The Roof
Dog On The Roof
This Place Has Quality Stuff
This Place Has Quality Stuff
The Place Next Door
The Place Next Door

On the way back for the party we also passed through the town of Niquinohomo. Niquinohomo is the birthplace of Augusto Sandino. Sandino was a rebel who led a group in the early 1900's that held the US Marines at bay for many years until the US finally withdrew from Nicaragua. The modern day Sandinistas are named in his honor. I found it interesting that in the birthplace of Sandino there didn't seem to be a whole lot of support for the Sandinistas. Most of the banners I saw were for the PLC and I saw several anti-Daniel messages scrawled in various places.

The Guard Dog
The Guard Dog
Beautiful Beds
Beautiful Beds
Niquinohomo Doesnt Like Ortega Either
Niquinohomo Doesnt Like Ortega Either
Welcome To Niquinohomo
Welcome To Niquinohomo
The Plant Store
The Plant Store
The Cake Is Here
The Cake Is Here

When we got to the house the party was just getting started. I'm finally starting to figure out Nicaraguan time. The party was supposed to start at 3 PM, we got there at 4:15 and we were basically right on time. A good rule of thumb is that things usually start an hour to an hour and a half after the stated starting time. If you arrive earlier than that chances are you'll be the only one there.


Plenty Of Balloons
Plenty Of Balloons
We Have Cake
We Have Cake
The Pinata
The Pinata
Chef Amberson
Chef Amberson
Juniett Looks On
Juniett Looks On
Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday
Ready To Party
Ready To Party
Juniett Does A Quality Check
Juniett Does A Quality Check
The Birthday Girl
The Birthday Girl
A Happy Family
A Happy Family
Why Is The Gringo Taking Pictures
Why Is The Gringo Taking Pictures
I Scare Children
I Scare Children
Inspecting The Pinata
Inspecting The Pinata
The Birthday Girl
The Birthday Girl
The Nursery
The Nursery
The Casa
The Casa
Plenty Of Flowers
Plenty Of Flowers
Dinner Is Cooking
Dinner Is Cooking
Dinner
Dinner
Thick Jungle In Back
Thick Jungle In Back
Hard To See The Neighbors
Hard To See The Neighbors
Pretty Flowers
Pretty Flowers
Watch For Falling Coconuts
Watch For Falling Coconuts
Massive Vine
Massive Vine
Nice Wagon
Nice Wagon
All The Dogs Stopped By
All The Dogs Stopped By


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