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On July 3, 2008 I departed for Nicaragua for the 12th time. As you might expect on the day before a major US holiday, the airport in Atlanta was a mad house. Fortunately, everything went smoothly and I made it to Nicaragua on-time and with all my luggage. Not that my luggage matters that much. I leave with 3 empty suitcases so if they get lost on the way down it's no big deal. It's when they lose them on the way home that it becomes an issue. On my last trip home I had a suitcase packed with 30 pieces of pottery in it. Of course, Delta picked that bag to lose and while it was bouncing around the globe homeland security decided to "inspect" it as well. What honks me off about the inspections isn't the fact that they searched my bag. I could care less since I'm not doing anything illegal. It's that they unwrap everything that you so carefully packaged and simply dump it all back in your suitcase when they're done doing whatever it is they do. By the time I got my bag the next day 24 out of the 30 pieces of pottery were completely destroyed thanks to our friends at homeland security.

Big Line Of Planes In Atlanta
Big Line Of Planes In Atlanta
Fly Delta Jets
Fly Delta Jets
Juniett And A Giraffe
Juniett And A Giraffe
My Wife Likes Animals
My Wife Likes Animals
Mayoreo Mercado
Mayoreo Mercado
Buying Veggies
Buying Veggies

Undaunted by my last failure at importing pottery we headed back to San Juan de Oriente to reload. First, however, we had to load up on fruits and veggies at the Mayoreo mercado. Mayoreo is one of the safer mercados in Managua so if you're looking for a place to buy cheap fruit this is a good place to go. A lot of the other mercados like Oriental or Boer can be lethal for gringos but Mayoreo is fairly secure.

Fresh Fruit
Fresh Fruit
Keeping Cool
Keeping Cool
Mayoreo Has A Slot Parlor
Mayoreo Has A Slot Parlor
The Goodie Basket
The Goodie Basket
Lots o Bananas
Lots o Bananas
Rural Development Ministry
Rural Development Ministry

On the way to San Juan de Oriente I made a little video of how to drive in a rotonda. This can be tricky if you don't know what to do. It's easier to show it than it is to explain it, however, so if you're planning to drive in Nicaragua you might want to watch this video.

When we got to San Juan de Oriente we got down to business buying pottery. The craftsmanship is unbelievable. It's amazing how much detail they put into the pottery. I've quickly found a few favorite places to shop in San Juan de Oriente. One of them is a store that's owned and operated by a group of women called pro mujer. They are a really nice bunch of folks and they do great work as well.


Houston, We Have A Problem
Houston, We Have A Problem
Pottery Eggs
Pottery Eggs
Nice Selection Of Pottery
Nice Selection Of Pottery
A Chica Owned Company
A Chica Owned Company
San Juan De Oriente
San Juan De Oriente
San Juan De Oriente
San Juan De Oriente
Elia Is A Crook
Elia Is A Crook
Church In San Juan De Oriente
Church In San Juan De Oriente


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