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February 23, 2006 08:21 PM

Back on the Road, Camera in Hand

­Grow­ing a Beard

GRANADA, NICARAGUA - Lèon turned out to be quite an easy place to lose ourselves in. It was not only cursed with cheap accommodation and food, but also nearly all-night bars, good people and cheap rum. Like San Diego, Zipolite and Utila, the city was difficult to make short work of. This time at least we had a mission driving us ahead…

Back in Tegucigalpa, I was successful in talking Ryan out of purchasing a new digital camera, foolishly thinking that Nicaragua would be some kind of Mecca for cheap digital technology. I was quite wrong and can admit that now. After several attempts in Lèon failed to even turn up a camera shop, we knew Managua would be our best bet.

As usual, we took note of the horror stories of theft and crime, but knew roughly what to expect. An early start and a hundred kilometers into a headwind got us to the city, and apart from its complete lack of street names, signage and downtown the rest was fairly painless. A cheap taxi got us to the ‘LA-style mall’ and fifteen minutes in a store identical to the one in Honduras yielded Ryan a new camera.

That was yesterday, and today we spend in Granada, Ryan equipped with a high powered and multi-featured new toy. I, for my part, am through touting the benefits of film cameras and am getting ready to throw the dirty and cumbersome SLR camera I brought along into Lago de Nicaragua. Maybe tomorrow.



Jonathan said:

Do you think it's a good idea to be advertising your new expensive toys when traveling in areas known for their thefts??

just a thought.

February 24, 2006 02:45 PM
Jonathan said:

Hey... weren't you going to start selling shirts? When's that happening??

February 24, 2006 02:46 PM
Boris said:

No han perdido sus zapatos? Aqui estan en La Siesta si quieren recuperarlos.

Suerte para todo, Marcela y Boris

February 27, 2006 01:11 PM
ashley said:

Hey Guys,

Your story about the trip just came out in the JIC Alumni Newslettter. Maybe they'll start a Capital Campaign to raise some funds for you two!

March 2, 2006 09:18 AM