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March, 2005 - Issue #46

 

BOB AND CAMILLE IN NICARAGUA

 

PROYECTO PELIGROSO

Pelilgroso means "danger" in Spanish.  For a peek at the project that got Bob all worked up on March 3rd, click on Machetes for Tourists.

LATER THAT DAY

Per caught a Jack and a 15-pound Cobia.

 

SPEAKING OF DANGER

Camille prepares to celebrate two weeks of vacation in Managua.  This bottle of tequila was a gift from a long-term guest named Rob and was confiscated in the airport on Big Corn Island.  We were happy to see its return at the airport in Managua as Margaritas are just not the same without it.  Taped to the bottle is a pair of toenail clippers, which were also taken from Bob's carry-on bag at the airport and then taped to the bottle so they wouldn't get lost.

 

YEP, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

In addition to this pool, the room came with broadband internet access and a daily breakfast buffet featuring fresh fruit, breads, beans and rice, eggs, potatoes, cheese, juice, and coffee. No one seemed offended that we didn't touch the bacon. We holed up here, swam, ate, slept, wandered through the city, took Spanish lessons and caught up our Website.

 

MANAGUA

Like most cities, the capital of Nicaragua is not made for walking.  For more photos of this busy city, click on Managua.

 

SETTLING DOWN

Camille gets right down to the business of relaxing with her journal and some long overdue Christmas cards.  Here she answers cards from 2003 in a pink outfit given her by Mom Illo, who somehow never lost her touch when it comes to dressing up her only daughter.

CARTS

Pony Carts abound, both in Managua and in Granada.  We also saw bicycle carts, carts being pushed by people and a couple of Ox Carts.  For more cart photos, click on Pony Carts.

 

SIGHTSEEING

Angel, Grant and Cathy's favorite Taxi Driver in Managua, took us for a trip to the Plaza de Juan Pablo II on the 7th.  Angel spent the week helping us shop and, in general, keeping us out of trouble.  For more photos click on Plaza Juan Pablo.

 

FREE SPEECH

These folks are camped out for several blocks in protest.

They were victims of pesticides and herbicides used on the banana plantations in Costa Rica and are seeking health care.

 

PIZZA AT THE PRICE MART

A welcome treat after a morning of hard travel.  Tim and Zoe flew over for one day on the 8th, met us and we went shopping, where they had a bite to eat while we waited in the check-out line.

 

SHOPPING SPREE

Next, we went shopping at the La Union for cheese, among other things.

 

SHOPPING FOR CASA IGUANA AT MAYOREO

 

Angel took us shopping at the large commercial market near the airport on the 9th.

 

Camille and Lester Moses, who works at the Mayo Reo wait while a worker boxes up our stuff for the Wednesday Barco to Little Corn.

Angel and Lester pass the time.

 

BACK TO THE HOTEL

 

Angel takes us home after a hard day's work.

 

A TRIP TO GRANADA

On the 10th, Angel drove us to the old capital of Managua.  For more photos, click on Granada.

 

 

TANNED, RELAXED AND READY

After nearly two weeks of resting on their laurels (not sure what that means) Bob and Camille are looking quite fresh.

 

CREATIVE OUTLET

Camille posts the last photo to date on March 15th and vows not to take even one more picture until April.

SPANISH LESSONS

Raul give a final lesson, poolside, before we head back to work at Casa Iguana after our two weeks libre.  He was extremely helpful and we are looking forward to more lessons the next time we are in Managua.

 

VISITOR

On his morning rounds, March 21st, Bob found this three-year-old bay stallion munching the yucca in our garden.  We thought about keeping him but David showed up for work at 6:30 and told us the horse belonged to someone else.  When Pablo arrived, he took the horse home.

 

BEACH CLEAN-UP

A work crew spent most of the day, March 22nd cleaning up a long stretch of beach in front of Casa Iguana and beyond.

 

THE SOUTH SIDE

 

We took a little time off to explore the coves south of Iguana on March 22nd.

These coves are not easy to access and are therefore, generally deserted.

 

UBIQUITOUS BASURA

  

Except for the ever-present detritus of the petroleum age.  Garbage (or basura) in the form of plastic bottles finds its way onto the most remote shores.

 

NO PLASTIC WATER BOTTLE NEEDED HERE

Bob cut open a coconut to quench our thirst after hiking around the coves.  We didn't feel at all guilty about dropping it on the ground when we were finished drinking.

 

SLEEPING IN THE JUNGLE

Grandma gave Camille this tiger blanket many years ago.  Even though we don't need a blanket for warmth, it keeps our sheets clean and matches our jungle environment perfectly.

 

BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE or

OUT OF THE FRYING PAN AND INTO THE FIRE

This beautiful green iguana was chased from the top of this tree by an angry Great Tailed Grackle.  As it scurried down the trunk it spotted us and froze.  After several minutes, it decided to take its chances against the bird, turned around and climbed back up the trunk.  Eventually, it dropped to the ground, only to encounter the dogs and as it ran to escape, found itself in a cloud of smoke from a brush fire.

 

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER IGUANA 

 

David and Javon found this enormous 3 1/2 foot iguana on March 28th outside the garden.

A bit Jurassic, wouldn't you say?

As far as I can tell this is an adult Green Iguana and the Iguana from the other day is an immature version of the same species.

 

A NEW FACE

Martha and Elizabeth stand outside the laundry on March 30th.

THIS MONTH'S QUOTES:

"Send lawyers, guns and money, the shit has hit the fan." - Warren Zevon
"A vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work." - Morris Fishbein

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