And then it rained….

And then it rained….

This is more like rainy season rain than the usual light rains we get here during February and March. The $50 open box special wide angle lens again.

Toto, I Don't Think

Toto,  I Don't Think

were in Nicaragua anymore . . . .

Limpiar la brisa? --Si, Gracias. Bien lleno? --No, suficiente. In Nicaragua bien lleno means a gallon pumped on the ground to prove that the tank is indeed full . . .Smiling young attendant does ALL the windows, earning him a $2 tip. Gaggle of young school girls wander by, uniforms but with tailored skirts. I've always liked El Salvador.

Claro is pissing me off - again!

It is time to bitch about Claro. When I first moved here 5 years ago, Claro offered serveral english channels. These channels included Fox news, ABC, NBC, and CBS. Five years on, and now just CBS is available in Matagalpa. Tonight even CBS is off the air. instead a Catholic channel is on. I really don't care about that, The reason I have Claro cable versus Tele-cable (the other cable company here in town) is because of the English language programming. I cannot even go into the office to bitch because I told Claro to cut my cable several months ago and they have not yet.

The Alcadia sent in the heavy machinery

The Alcadia sent in the heavy machinery

Man and machine began working around breakfast time and had graded most of the block before breaking for lunch. After this, the guys come back and lay the blocks back, that by hand.

The Alcadia's Sewage and Water System upgrades continued

The Alcadia's Sewage and Water System upgrades continued

Taken with the new 16mm lens on the A 3000 that I bought in Jinotega. Nothing egregiously wrong with lens -- though the Sigmas are reported to be sharper (19 mm Sigma is still not as wide as this). There are two attachments I can get for this lens that make it even wider or a fisheye lens.

What's happening in Venezuela?

While what is happening in Venezuela is important to Nicaragua -- both in terms of imporrts of petroleum and exports of food -- I have hesitated to say anything until now because information sources have been far from clear. I have seen a big Twitter storm but it has been almost exclusively about two sides saying the the other side was full of caca.

Duty Free Golfito

My block is getting sewage work done.

My block is getting sewage work done.

The Alcaldia ticketed my landlord and gave him 48 hours to come to terms with it over replacing concrete pipe to the sewer (fortunately pipe inside the house is PVC). Took the ticket up to him yesterday and saw him here today working out the details. The guy next door was in town from Leon to deal with the change, too.

Living With Solar

Living With Solar

The solar panels have to be washed weekly. There is a huge amount of dust in Niaragua, and it settles on everything.

Purify your own water

I just saw an article that might be of interest to someone living in rural Nicaragua (or in a US city where they put chlorine and fluorine in the water). The article is titled How to build a solar-powered still to purify drinking water. It appears in OffTheGridNews which probably has some other interesting articles.

Free Sandinista sponsored fair

For the last week a fair has been open here in Matagalpa. It is free. I think that is pretty cool, as some people are so poor they would never have the chance to go otherwise. I am sure this gives the Sandinistas more popular support, but so be it.I think it is a good idea both socially and politically.

Unfortunately, there have been a couple of issues regarding safety and security

There was a cable car that fell to the ground injuring a few people, no one was killed thankfully.

Baggage inspection at MGA

Arrived at MGA on Tuesday. Found that there is a new secondary inspection at a separate counter for anything deemed suspicious by the X-Ray. I had a 15 year old stereo receiver in my suitcase, so I was flagged. Long line of gringos and Nicas for secondary inspection, and they were retaining lots of stuff. I got to keep the old receiver, but they retained a small renewable energy monitor that I made the mistake of packing in the original box and not having a receipt for it.

Bancentro charged me $30 to deposit a check!

Yesterday I deposited a check made out to me (in US funds) from my Canadian account into my Bancentro account. Today someone from hq in Managua told me they would charge me $30 for doing so.

Has this ever happened to anyone else?

It's still lower that a wire transfer and a lot less work but what the hell!

I was also told that the funds would be released into my Nica account in 30 days but I'm told that's par for the course.

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