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    On groundhog's day (after submitting my last post), I decided to explore as far as I could to the north and to the west without leaving Leon. I got my end points from the bus driver who took me down to the court house (to the south) the day before. The farthest point to the north is a neighborhood called San Geronimo, and the farthest point to the west (along the road to Poneloya) is a school called La Puresa de Maria--or just Puresa for short.

    Instead of taking buses, I walked the two lane road (with an island down the middle) that runs from Pali (near San Juan) all of the way out to the carretera to Chinandega. This was a decent walk, but not as far as some locals seemed to believe. About half the way there, I paused to ask a woman selling drink on the roadside how far San Geronimo was. She told me that she couldn't tell me exactly how many kilometers it was, but that it was really far and that I should take the bus.

    Several people along that road gave me similar responses that seemed to indicate that I'd have to be crazy to walk it, but walk it I did. The first picture is of the last road that I walked in San Geronimo before I left and walked back to the Terminal.

    When I got to San Geronimo, I walked by a house where a man inside stood up, leaned against the bars and started yelling, "Hey, hey, hey!" He sounded angry and he looked crazy. I didn't stop (obviously), but this stuck with me. What could have happened to this man to make him that angry? His tone and mannerisms reminded me of the crabs from Finding Nemo who were guarding their food.

    Instead of walking back through Leon, I veered left at the two gas stations to follow the carretera to the east around the outside of Leon. Almost immediately, I came upon what appears to be a brand new Maxi Pali. I went inside to check it out, and I found a small jar of hair gel that I decided to pick up.

    While I was waiting in line, a woman pushed her way in front of me and gave me a stressed out and evil look. She yelled at someone ahead of us both about how she should have saved her place, and that now everyone would think she was cutting in line. Once again, I wondered what could have happened to this woman to make her so angry. It just looks exhausting to be so keyed up all of the time.

    As I emerged from Maxi Pali, I passed a giant speaker playing salsa music. I couldn't help but move a bit to the music. It gets into my bones.

    The road around Leon was extremely dusty. I kept my sunglasses on even in the shade to shield my eyes from the dust.

    When I got back to the Terminal, I took a bus out to Puresa. The bus took my even beyond Puresa along the road to Poneloya. I stayed in the bus until it paused to turn around so that I could see how far it went. The second picture is of the spot where it dropped me.

    I walked back up this road toward Leon. The bus traveled much farther than it appeared when I was inside. It look me a long time just to get back to Puresa. At some point (after Puresa and a bridge called Arlen Sui), I reached an old graveyard on the north side of the street. Nearly 15 years ago (the last time I spent any length of time in Leon), I used to come and help chop down all of the vines that would overgrown this ancient graveyard with a machete. I one killed a snake in that graveyard with the self same machete.

    The third and forth photos are of the graveyard. As it's the dry season, it doesn't look like it needs any help from vines.

    I walked around a road beyond the graveyard and found a good example of a wall with broken shards of glass attached to the top. The next photo is of this. I know it's a little hard to make out the glass as it is clear.

    I walked up the main road from Poneloya past the Sutiaba (I recently saw it spelled with a "b" and not with a "v") market, through Sutiaba, and into downtown Leon. By this time I had been walking for nearly four hours, and boy were my cats meowing. It wasn't just blisters either, my feet were sore all over.

    At some point, I paused in the shade at an intersection, looked around, and decided this was a good example of the look of Leon. So, the next four photos are the four directions from this intersection taken in quick succession.

    On a previous walk, I discovered the statue in Sutiaba of of the guy pointing. I'm including this now, as I forgot to before. I'm pretty sure this statue was erected to honor the sacrifice of all of the poor people who have been bothered over the years by gringos for directions to one thing or another.

    My pace slowed as I walked gingerly to avoid further bruising my feet, but I made steady progress north-east through Leon back toward my apartment for a nap. About four blocks from my goal, I passed a corner laundry, and I decided to head in to check on pricing and availability. As I stepped up into the laundry, I greeted the couple there and I said, "Este es mi primer vez, no se como finciona la cosa aqui." The man (with a straight face) replied, "Con agua y luz." I gave him a long look, and then explain that yes, I know that's how they work, but I would like to know how much it costs and how to go about doing my laundry. It wasn't until after he answered and I had left that his joke really landed. I sort of snort-laughed in front of a random woman passing the other way. She started and gave me a wide berth.

    I napped later than usual, and for longer than usual. I only awoke that evening long enough to get dinner, and then I returned to bed. I slept a good ten hours that night, and I was slow to get up the next morning.

    In addition to abusing my feet and wearing out my body, I also badly burned my poor nose (as I used just sunglasses and not my hat). I resemble a famous reindeer. I decided that I'd take it easy the next day or so to give my whole body time to recover. Fortunately, Leon has proven conducive to sleep--day and night.
    Soy el chele mono.

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    San Geronimo
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    Road to Poneloya
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    Old cemetary
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    Glass on wall
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    Intersection (two directions)
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    Intersection (other two directions)
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    "Over there" statue
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    Great read and thanks for the pics!

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    You should have a guy following you around with a camera "the adventures of drlemcor"
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Greco View Post
    You should have a guy following you around with a camera "the adventures of drlemcor"
    To be called a "Has Been" I must surmise, is much Greater than to be called a "Nevah Been"... JW...



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    I noticed there were no people in your pictures - the time of day I guess. Or are you one of them archamatects? They always clear out all traces of human activity before photographing places, as if people ugly up their precious buildings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonh View Post
    I noticed there were no people in your pictures - the time of day I guess. Or are you one of them archamatects? They always clear out all traces of human activity before photographing places, as if people ugly up their precious buildings.
    This addresses the 'Robinson Crusoe'-nature of drlemcor's sojourn about Leon, jodido. The footprints in the sand are evidence of the presence of others. So be prepared: when he finds his girl Friday, expect natives to enter the picture._
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    Drlemcor, you have inspired me. I've put on my pair of walking shoes ready to put hoof to pavement. They're my boy scout shoes, so named before the organization accepts gays boys whereupon fashions will surely change.

    I write from within the newest gringo dive in Leon. They got wi-fi and I'm packing a write-on-the-internet machine. (This website ain't friendly to cyber net users.) The place is the Chilli Inn (in-your-face-English, Leon!) pronounced by local as Chil'in (Not killin' with the hard 'ch'). Bed are $6 and they got a small pool (where 'porn parties' happen, local rumor has it.) They've got a big beautiful garden-courtyard surrounded by ten table (36 chairs) and at the moment, I'm the only one sitting here. (A big cockroach crawled up my leg but it don't count since I squashed it (it moved ridiculously slowly, confident of a get-away, I suppose. Wrong bug!) This hostal & restaurant have a couple of bici-taxis with their logo, to pick-up backpakers at the terminal for better-than-Leon-taxi rates. Their logo is a Mexican-sombrero'd chill pepper with eyes moustache & mouth. Food ain't cheap here, but it's good: I've seen a number of natives eat here - a good sign (if the keep coming back).

    Earlier I overheard: "I have long, luxurious lashes. I do not apply make-up," from a guy with an Aussie (British?) accent, being cheeky, said to impress a bunkmate, a gal. She said nothing. Will he score later? I won't wait to find out.

    Sorry, my mentor, I only made it some 4 blocks so far and I got sucked into this den of debauchery, but I'm determined to suffer(strikethrough) see more of Leon like you.
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    I've avoided taking pictures of specific individuals (although if you look closely, you'll see people are in the street shots), because for some reason a photograph seems more intimate to me than writing. You all know that I have no problem laying out the way a person looks and behaves through words, but this leaves much of the work to the imagination of the reader.

    I think part of the problem is that I'm a novice photographer. I don't feel like I can honestly capture a person's nature with a photograph--not like my brother in law or others I've seen. So, until I get more comfortable with this new medium, I will focus on the setting instead of the cast, and I'll use my words to fill in the blanks.

    Also, let me take this opportunity to apologize for any mistakes in spelling or grammar in this most recent posts. I have to visit a Cyber for internet access (unless I can figure out the code to the router next door), and so I'm forced to try to get everything down in 30 minutes to an hour. I can honestly say that I give TRN my full attention, but it's only in short increments. I hope these errors aren't too distraction and will be taken with a grain of salt.

    I haven't heard of Chilli Inn. It sounds interesting. Where's it located? Because of my 9:00pm curfew, I'm always on the lookout for inexpensive places to crash if/when I decide to hit the clubs and make a night of it.
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    I'm very uncomfortable photographing people up close too, and putting their picture on the internet without their knowledge.

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    Photographers in many countries feel that anything you see in public is fair game for a photograph. If you walk down a public walk and see a person on their own property in any stage of dress you can snap away. In the USA you are generally protected by law, but that is not going to stop her husband from beating you to death with a piece of lumber or her complaining that you have violated her rights. I have had to explain this to people in public a time or two in 40 some odd years of snapping. I have never climbed a tree to get a shot of some celebrity sun bathing, but there are magazines that exist with such shots. Like anything else that involves social intercourse, discretion in legal interpretations need to be employed. Having a legal right to do something is not license to push the envelope. The biggest hazard being the commercial use of a person's image. Never do anything you are uncomfortable with because you cannot rightfully stand up for yourself if you do.

    Nice stories and photos. Keep them coming.
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    The Chilli Inn is a bit more than a block north of Hotel La Perla on the same side of the street as their casino. It's the main N-S street that passes by Parque Central (still being renovated) and La Iglesia Merced & its park. Since you were last in León, the happening nite spots are in the Zona Rosa, the block down (W) from the south end of Parque Central. (But drlemcor, I thought you're Morman & thus don't drink booze. Maybe it's just that you're from Utah.)

    My parents had films they shot at a marketplace in Mexico many years ago. I remember how many of the people at the time covered their faces or ran off hiding. I suspect they believed it was one of those diabolical Yanqui machines that steals souls. Now cameras are everywhere. (Does anyone still have a soul?)

    It's the tourist that stands at a busy spot trying to get Peggy Sue & the monument in focus effectively blocking all others from walking through (& spoiling the picture) that bug me.
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    I've lived all over (as my father was in the military), but I worked in Utah as a software tech for companies like NTT (and others). Utah is fast becoming the new Silicon valley.

    Coincidentally, I'm not big into eating/drinking anything on a regular basis that make me feel like death. That being said, I also believe in the common Nicaragua adage: "Una vez al año, no hace daño."
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