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About el duende grande
Retired American living in and near Esteli since mid-2006
near Esteli
gardening travel, photography
retired jack of all trades
Your interest in Nicaragua:
retired, gardening, nature, travel
I started a study of Nicaraguan native cactus., of which there are 30 plus species.
How did you find TRN:
on nicaliving


"Support mental health or I'll break your head"

Covid was an intelligence test and we flunked.


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by el duende grande on 09-25-2020 at 02:02 PM
Watching the airline situation for gp. If the others open up within a couple weeks some sort of sucky new normal will prevail. right now their websites are all screwed up. Airport reports Aeromex flights from Cancun but their website is silent. Charters?

Also, anything less than daily flights is really tough to google unless you know exactly which days. Seems Avianca arrives 2 days per week and leaves 2 days. A couple airline websites choked and died when I pushed the "flexible

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National Tambor month cancelled

by el duende grande on 09-14-2020 at 10:42 AM
With the schools closed we haven't been serenaded with the beating drums for the last month. Patriotic Days are upon us and all quiet in the morning. Parades later. Traffic to watering holes in Tisey high this weekend. Covid, parades, family gatherings, and juaro are a potent mix. Good thing we have Swedish health care so there will be no spike in cases in 7 days. Some stores have been backing off on their safety protocols. Let's see if Nicaraguan exceptionalism holds.

Another plague

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the joys of quarantine

by el duende grande on 07-08-2020 at 01:08 PM
Still no mail so sent my income tax by DHL. 85 bucks, and to add insult to injury they did not have change for a 20 so I had to go find a coyote because the chica was alone and could not leave the office. Reminds me why I don't mind lockdown--at home I don't have to do other people's jobs for them. or so I think.

Weather decent, sunny or bright shade for the mornings, cloudier afternoons. It is drier and the mudholes are going away. Canicula should be just around the corner.

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so, I started to watch the Consulates 4th of July thingy..

by el duende grande on 07-06-2020 at 09:55 AM
It started off with the traditional Marine honor guard. I waited for the substance of the program which unfortuneatly never came.

After a couple minutes of women's lib agitprop I switched off and came back later to find Latin music so I switched off again.

It would have been better to have just re-broadcast Trump's Mt. Rushmore speech with Spanish subtitles.

Spent a day with the immediate family in the countryside, nice to see the kid's running around in the

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same ole same ole

by el duende grande on 03-09-2020 at 09:43 PM
We are in to the misery season but some days are still overcast and not too hot. Countryside is drying up and water shortages in town and the communities.
Somebody found the rubber snake I gave to the grandkid a few years ago and they left it on my workbench. hahaha very funny, it took my weathered brain a few seconds to realize that cobras don't live in Nic. Got my eye on an oversized rubber scorpion for the other grandkid this year.
The Chicomvirus hype is on, stores selling

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